A free English-speaking club located in Chelyabinsk, Russia

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Debates: This House Believes that Advertising is Harmful

Advertising has grown to be an industry worth many billions of dollars across the world. Online advertising alone is believed to be worth $24 billion a year. Almost all public space has some advertisements in sight and all forms of media, from newspapers to the cinema, are also filled with adverts. Whilst this helps companies sell their products, and helps consumers to learn what is on offer, many believe that this huge amount of advertising can be harmful. It may make people want too much, or things that they cannot have, or it might make them feel inadequate when they don't have something. Is it really that bad? Let's discuss.

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Time for Riddles!

We’ve all known riddles as easy brain-boosting problems for kids. This leads us to the belief that any normal adult can solve any riddle in no time. And, oh boy, this is so wrong. This meeting you’ll get to stand in child’s shoes and see how easy those problems really are. Also we’re gonna compete in teams just for kicks and giggles.

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Gangster Quest

You are the head of the Italian mafia in New York. Today the police showed up at a huge drug deal. There was a shootout, but you managed to survive and escape. How did they know about the deal? Who betrayed you? Now all you want is to find and punish the traitor. Somebody is going to die today...

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A Man Bites a Dog, or Tough Questions about Language (part 2)

Do we think in English when we speak English? Why is it hard for machines to understand human speech? Why is it ping-pong and not pong-ping? The answers to this and other tough questions about language, fun facts, experiments and exercises tonight at Speak Freely.

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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Raise a hand if you do. Come to Speak Freely if you want to test your knowledge, help your team, have fun and speak English!

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Debates: This House Believes that the Traditional University Will Be Replaced by Online Learning

In a relatively short period of time MOOCs such as Coursera or Udemy grew in massive popularity and are serving thousands and millions of users. Some online courses have even been recommended for university credit. This prompted to question whether traditional universities have to adapt themselves to the new realities of education and even whether they can be replaced. The question of how online courses could replace universities is open for debate as well.

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The Interview Game

A little question asking contest  whoever asks most questions wins (questions will be provided; you need people skills and great English to win in this game).

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Alibi

A horrible murder was committed in town, and you and your friend are both suspects. You'd better have a solid and consistent alibi, if you don't want to end up in jail!

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Welcome to the world of magic!

Before an important Quidditch match, somebody steals Harry's broom Firebolt. You are Gryffindor students, so you help Harry find the thief. You're going to follow the suspects and eavesdrop their conversations to find out who wants your team to lose.

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Quest

A body of a dead woman has just been found in N. This is a big case, so we need the best detectives to find and punish the killer! Would you like to come and help us?