Speaking club schedule

Встречи проводятся на основе подкастов BBC 6-minute English
Встречаемся 2 дня в неделю: Среда в 20:00 мск и Воскресенье в 11:00 мск

Recommended level - Intermediate +.

The next meeting:
13th of June (Wednesday) 20:00 Perfume: what your smell says about you


17th of June (Sunday) 11:00  Is the internet good or bad?

20th of June (Wednesday) 20:00  Brain training
24th of June (Sunday) 11:00  How bad is booze?

10th of June (Sunday) 11:00  Domestic chores
6th of June (Wednesday) 20:00 Could you be an astronaut?
30th of May (Wednesday)
20:00 Laughing could kill you
Supplementary: Laughter yoga
27th of May (Sunday) 11:00
Heritage sites
of May (Wednesday) 20:00
Robot therapist
Supplementary: The secret of happiness

20th of May (Sunday) 11:00 Too much sugar
16th of May (Wednesday) 20:00 Are computers making us dumb?
13th of May (Sunday) 11:00 Rise of the machines
9th of May (Wednesday) 20:00 Pedestrianisation


Занятия английским для уровней А1-А2

Занятия включают в себя:
- работу с адаптированной художественной литературой,
- работу с адаптированными новостями (ссылки на новости указываются в расписании),
- конкурсы.
Во время встреч используется параллельно и русский и английский языки.

Встречаемся 2 дня в неделю: среда в 18:00 мск и воскресенье в 13:00 мск

Продолжительность 1 встречи  1ч - 1ч 15мин

Ближайшая встреча:
17 июня (воскресенье) 18:00 мск  Two-nosed Dog


20 июня (среда) 18:00 мск  Chocolate Highway

24 июня (воскресенье) 13:00 мск  Sinkhole on a Farm


What's the difference between the words “plate” and “dish”?

A plate is a specific type of dish. A dish is generally something that food is eaten or served from. A plate tends to refer specifically to a flat dish that is suitable for holding food that does not have a high liquid content. The other common type of dish is a bowl. A bowl will be similar to a hollow sphere cut in half and is useful for serving soups and other foods with high liquid content which would run off of a plate.

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"Today I interviewed someone who handed me a résumé saying that he’d worked at Helping Hand-Jobs. I choked on my own spit and couldn’t stop coughing. Later I showed it to the interviewer in the next office. She told me that her brother had worked there once but had quit because all the manual labor had given him heatstroke. After I started coughing again she realized my confusion and explained that it was actually named Helping-Hand Jobs and was a handyman service. Never underestimate the power of punctuation, people."

“In” vs. “after” for future talk

"The class will be over in 10 minutes"
"I went to the bar, but I left after 10 minutes"

"in" and "after" both specify a future time relative to the present moment. There's no grammatical rule saying either preposition is correct or wrong - it's just idiomatic preference that most people would use "in".

Given that "in" is a somewhat "metaphoric" usage here, I suspect there's a tendency to only use it in simple constructions where it's relative to the present moment.

When speaking of some situation in the past, there is no "present moment" - so we need to explicitly state the time/event that we're counting our 10 minutes from. In such contexts, we're more likely to use after (or within, following, etc.) because the whole situation is more complex, so we choose our words more carefully.

'After ten minutes' suggests certainly not before ten minutes have passed, and might be quite a bit later. 'In ten minutes' is fairly precise but might mean a little less than ten minutes.