A free English-speaking club located in Chelyabinsk, Russia


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English Punctuation

Not only does it save lives, but it also guides the reader through the jungles (or a labyrinth, if you like) of your writing, expresses your polite and welcoming attitude towards the guests of your text, is by all means expected and, what's more, still exists in English (and is slightly different from what one anticipates as a Russian). During my presentation, we will learn more about the main differences and try to apply our knowledge by doing several related tasks.

Master of puppets

manipulation, manipulators, suggestion and brain cracking...


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Discussion: Motivation (+TED video)

We are going to talk about something that defines whether you will do something or you will fail, the driving force in all your activities, the power to make people do the job: about motivation. What is it? How to inspire it? How to kill it? What does science say and do we actually use its findings?

Featuring: a TED video, a small presentation, groupwork, and a discussion.


Take the world from another point of view


What if Things aren't Aa they seem? Let's take another point of view

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Presentation: Czech Republic

Martin Fischer, an exchange student from Czech Republic, is going to tell about his country and its culture.

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Poker. Hard way to make an easy living! Wanna learn more? Welcome!

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Discussion: Spelling reforms


Finally: which rimes with "enough"
Though, through, plough, cough, hough, or tough? 
Hiccough has the sound of "cup."
My advice is to give up!
Did you know that there are 645120 ways to spell Muammar al-Gaddafi? OK, this one is foreign, but English quite ambiguous in terms of spelling, too. A spelling reform sounds like a good way out. Is it?
There will be a presentation about the attempts made, a discussion of pluses, minuses, and consequences of spelling reforms, and a game.
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Presentations: Greek cities and national holidays

Two presentations by our guest: Greek cities and national holidays of Greece.

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Presentation: Chinese culture

A group of exchange students from China is going to tell us about the Chinese characters, literature, art and education. You're welcome to join, listen, and ask questions!

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Bookcrossing in Speak Freely

Have a couple of nice books in English?

Why keep them on your bookshelf?

Come to Speak Freely and set them free!

We are launching the bookcrossing movement in the club. This Thursday, everyone will be able to share a book that he/she enjoyed reading. The general practice is as follows: you bring a book in English and may take another one in return. This time, we shall be telling about the books as well, so be prepared.


1. If you don't want to give the book away forever (like the original bookcrossing practice suggests), you can still lend it to somebody.

2. According to the rules, no Russian language is accepted in the club. However, books with volcabularies and commentaries in Russia may be brought. Bilinguae are welcome, too.