A free English-speaking club located in Chelyabinsk, Russia

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Linguistics: Why Do We Even Need It?

So, linguistics is the study of human language. So what? I can use language all right, without even knowing that linguistics exists. Everyone can! Besides, if there wasn't any linguistics, we'd still speak all the same languages, wouldn't we? As a matter of fact, practically everyone speaks English now, so we don't even need interpreters, let alone linguists. I've heard they can't get a job anywhere and even if they can, they don't really get paid. I mean, is that even useful? Should be fun stuff to do anyway, like being a dog surfing instructor or something.

If you agree with any of the above or you just don't know what linguistics is all about, come. I'll give you some examples of what linguists do, we'll do some easy tests, hopefully that'll be fun stuff, and in the end you might get an idea of why these people are still around.

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The Turkish language for Dummies from a Beginner

Why learn Turkish? Because it's a beautiful and fun language, you get to feel much more comfortable in Turkey once you can understand it, and besides (if you're Russian), it gives you superpowers: you instantly start understanding a lot of people who aren't even Turkish, and your mental activity gets a much bigger boost than from learning, say, German or Czech (or other Indo-European languages). In this presentation, we will get acquainted with the basis of this curious language.

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Odd Jobs

Let's get acquainted with some odd jobs.

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Presentation: Paradoxes

Aporias and paradoxes may seem to contradict logic, intuition or just common sense. But most of them may have some reasonable explanation. Let us discover some of those.

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Traveler's story: Germany

A couple of stories about Germany.

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Discussion: Consumer Rights

It is always useful to know your consumer rights, especially in our country where everyone seems to trick or mislead you. Let's discuss most popular consumer rights violation and share your own experience and knowledge.

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Bigotry

What is bigotry? What do you know about it? All about bigotry and bigots in tonight's presentation.

Cancer

Cancer is a disease which causes abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body.

What makes cells to grow abnormaly and why it is so diffucult to cure?

Basic preventive measures

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The Ultimate Guide to the Latin Script

If you're Russian, learning English as your first foreign language opens a whole new world of the Latin script for you. You can attempt at reading in virtually any language with a Latin-based writing system... or can you? Sogliole alla mugnaia, blanquette de veau, Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, anyone? In my presentation, I'm going to talk about reading rules in some major European langues (such as the Romance and Germanic languages) and provide you with lots of opportunities to practice so that you learn to read once and for all and never make a fool of yourself again at a restaurant or elsewhere trying to read all these strange combinations.

If you're proficient in foreign languges using Latin Script besides English and you are willing to come, please contact me, I need your help!

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The Binary Numeral System

There are 10 kinds of people in this world: those who understand this joke and those who don't.

(The presentation will be delivered by Vladimir).