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Speakers' Club, Jan. 2020: New Year, New You!

The New Year’s Resolution:

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Speakers' Club, Dec. 2019: Twas the Night Before Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers:

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Speakers’ Club: Nov. 2, 2019

Hobbiton in New Zealand

Rules:

The Guide to “TH”: There’s a reason why the tongue is language.  “S” to “TH”

Chip and Dale:

Nov. 9 and 16

New Zealand – Nov 23, 30, and Dec 7.

Dec. 14?

What would you like to discuss for the last two meetings?

Thanksgiving

American Football

Christmas

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Speakers’ Club October 2019: Halloween

Sally Penguin with book

Rules:

Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers:

The History of Halloween:

Costumes

Trick-or-Treat: 1930s – Give us candy or we play a trick on you.

Candy: Candy Corn, Candy Bars, Coins, Popcorn Balls, Apples, Toothbrushes, Comic Books.

Bobbing for apples, apple on a string

Lollipop ghosts

Pumpkins as jack-o-lanterns

Horror films

Haunted Houses

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

The Skeleton Dance:

Donald Duck Trick or Treat:

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Monster Mash

Nightmare on My Street

War of the Worlds:

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Satori School Oct 2019: Accents

People talking

Rules:

Chip and Dale Rescues Rangers:

The “Th” sound:

American Accents:

Texas Accent:

Boston Accent:

English Accents:

Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady”:

Your accent: Imitate someone you like. Really imitate them. Overdo it.

John Wayne:

Matthew McConaughey:

Christopher Walken:

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Satori School October 2019: How to Get a Job in the U.S.

Rules:

Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers:

Get a Job, The Silhouettes:

The want ads: Monster.com, craigslist, just do a search – you’ll probably have to apply in person, unless you’re going for an upper level management position.

LinkedIn not available in Russia. (It’s servers are not located within the country.)

The Application: Places like McDonald’s often have applications that can replace the resume; you should still have a resume.

The Resume (CV): This is a listing of your work, education and other experiences. We don’t use the term CV; that’s used in Europe.

The Interview:

Tell me about yourself.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

What is your greatest weakness?

What is your greatest strength?

What motivates you?

Tell me about a time that you failed.

Why do you want to work here?

How many couches are there in America? (What? Seriously. But you still have to answer it.)

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Speakers’ Club: Overcoming Obstacles pt. 1

Polly Penguin Wants to Fly

Rules: Make mistakes and learn from them.

Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers:

Schoolhouse Rocks! America: The Preamble to the Constitution:

(Friends and acquaintances)

The Challenges:

Visa, Green Card

Exchange rate, Income – How do we pay for it?

Finding work

Local resources?

Flights

Fear of Flying

School Differences (university, courses)

Language, accents

Traditions, customs

Food issues