A free English-speaking club located in Chelyabinsk, Russia

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Personal names around the world

I’ll tell you about several different styles used for personal names in some countries of the world. You will learn what words like Guðmundsdóttir, 毛泽东, Nguyễn Tấn Dũng, 東海林, and their parts mean. Also, using the field of my professional interests as an example, I will tell you why it is important to be aware of these differences.

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Presentation: New Words in Englilsh

English is a living language, and it changes overtime. The English you learned at school is slightly different from the one you use now. In fifty years it might change dramatically.

In fact, it is changing now. Every day, as English is spoken by billions of people on the planet, new words are coined, grammatical changes are simmering, even sounds are slightly different, but centuries will pass until we notice that. So let us speak about the fastest changing part of English, its vocabulary, and see some brand new words that appeared recently.

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Top 100 Most Frequent English Words

English is said to be a rich language: Shakespearian vocabulary is said to be 29000 words, and the recent corpuses of American English contain over a million words! However, an average speaker uses only about 4000 words (or even less) in everyday conversation. More than that, 40 words cover up to 50 per cent of a spoken text, 200 words cover up to 80 per cent, and 1000 most frequent words cover about 95 per cent of a usual conversation. What are these magic words? Do you already know them? How do they find these words? Let us listen, speak, and play.

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Presentation: Articles

For us Russians, articles are somewhat enigmatic in any language, because there are no articles in Russian and we've always thought we can do without them. However, it is actually a useful thing! During this presentation you will learn more about articles in English and how to use them. Welcome!

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How to make your English more ‘English’ and less Russian?

Understand everything, but are unable to speak? Writing an essay or translating something into English scares you to death? Or you just always doubt whether your English phrases sound correct or not?
A professional translator will share his experience, tell about typical and non-obvious Russian mistakes in English, provide tips, tricks and guidelines that would help you to improve your language skills.

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English Phonetics: Why We Get It Wrong

 

Yes, they will understand you if you speak with a Russian accent.

And, come on, probably they're all bored with the same correct English that they all speak. If you are Russian, why should't you sound Russian?

Finally, in the contemporary world where English is international and non-native for most of the world population, does it really matter?

 

During this period, we are going to speak about how English should sound, how it did sound, how it probably will sound in some decades, and about how it actually sounds, and about why this all matters. If you want, you'll learn to pronounce some sounds specific to English and make your pronunciation closer to the native one. If you don't want, you'll learn when you want to. Also, I'll give you some quick tips on how to sound right in any situation.

Martial arts

History of some martial arts their place in modern live and traditional weapons.

thai boxing, aikido, wushu, сapoeira.

Presentation: Cockney dialect

Presentation of the dialect based on B. Shaw's “Pygmalion”, movie exerpts and a small quiz.

Presentation: skiing

Where does the knowledge come from?

Where does the knowledge about the world around us originate? How do we understand what's true and what's not? How does the science work? How to tell scientific knowledge from belief? These questions will be addressed in a presentation by Iakov Vokhmintsev.