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Satori School Oct 2019: Accents

People talking


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.


Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers:

Get a Job, The Silhouettes:

The want ads:, 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?


Fear of Flying

School Differences (university, courses)

Language, accents

Traditions, customs

Food issues

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Speakers’ Club 2019: My Favorite Things


Chip and Dale Sing-along:

What do you like about Blagoveshchensk?

Why do you want to move to or visit America?

What challenges do you expect?

How can you make it happen?

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Speakers’ Club September 2019: Queen, Rolling Stones, Beatles


Shad’s email:

Chip n Dale’s Rescue Rangers:

One-on-One, Round and Round:

Hi, my name is _______.

I’m a ______.

My favorite rock song is _____. ((Or) My favorite _____ song is ______)

Queen, debut album (1973): They used AC30 watt amplifiers the same type the Beatles used.

Read about “Creativity and Queen’s Freddie Mercury”:

We Will Rock You:

Bohemian Rhapsody:

Somebody to Love:

Another One Bites the Dust:

We Are the Champions:

Under Pressure with David Bowie: Beat was used by Rapper Vanilla Ice for his song “Ice, Ice, Baby”

Flash Gordon (1980) soundtrack

Highlander movie and TV Series

Queen on the free concert – They were only going to get 30 pounds each anyway.

Freddie Mercury on John Lennon: (His response is a bit surprised, and he hesitates to find the right words. It’s okay to rephrase if you get off on the wrong track.) “It’s not a matter of less talent or more talent. It’s just that certain people are capable of doing certain things better than somebody else… John Lennon was just unique and a one-off… I admire John Lennon very much.” Mercury wants to be true to himself.

The Rolling Stones, debut album (1964), name from Muddy Waters song:

Read about Creativity Lessons with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards:

Jumping Jack Flash: Whoopie Goldberg film, Otherworld TV series.

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction: Justine Bateman movie.

Paint It Black

It’s only Rock N Roll (but I like It) with David Bowie:

Start Me Up:

Sympathy for the Devil: Jagger based his portrait of Satan as “a may-yun of way-elth and tay-ste” in part on Mikhail Bulgakov’s satirical novel The Master and Margarita. But he made the role his own.

The Beatles, debut album 1963, (The Oneders) They are the standard; they were the first to make it big from England to the U.S.:

Back in the USSR:

Across the Universe (also a movie) and in Pleasantville:

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Paul Is Dead?):

Blackbird (Civil Rights):

Hard Day’s Night:

Yesterday – the most covered song in history:

Can’t Buy Me Love movie

Yellow Submarine movie

Musicians on the Beatles:

Downloadable Scrabble game board and pieces.

U.S. programs in Russia:

U.S. Visa guidelines:

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Speakers’ Club First Day Back 2019: Welcome Back

Let’s set up the rules. We had four last year. Do we need to change them, add to them, subtract from them, or do they work?

What did you do this summer? Let’s talk about our great summer activities or our not so great ones.

Let’s talk songs: Which would you like to sing? I’m suggesting:


Gummi Bears:

Chip N Dale’s Rescue Rangers:


Kids Incorporated:

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer:


Cheeseburger in Paradise

Sweet Caroline

Possible topics and activities: What do you want to talk about this year? Suggest topics and let’s see what you want to know about the U.S., its culture and language. (Or we can just learn things like “Why does this dog smell? Because it’s wet and dirty” if that’s helpful to you.)

Vote and weighting: We have a limited amount of time hanging out together this year, so let’s vote on the topics and cover the most important ones first.

Word Game: Everyone gets letters. The first decision is if the person can make a word of three-letters or more. If so, take the word and keep the letters. Then place a tile in the playing area. If not, place a tile from your hand into the playing area. Each letter is worth a certain number of points. The person with the highest number of points when all the letters are used, wins.

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Speakers’ Club May 11, 2019: ‘The Twilight Zone’


For this Speakers’ Club, time willing, we’ll discuss three episodes of “The Twilight Zone”: ‘To Serve Man,’ ‘Eye of the Beholder’ and ‘Monsters on Maple Street.’

Rod Serling’s seminal series ran for five years from 1959 to 1964 and perfected the art of the twist ending. Be prepared to take a trip to the fourth dimension.

Bring the popcorn and be ready to think about what you see, hear and feel.

Grim, Grinning Ghosts:

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Speakers’ Club April 27, 2019: Star Wars

Darth Vader


Word Crimes:

When is Star Wars day?

Moosebutter John Williams Medley:

Long time ago, far, far away
Long time ago, far, far away
Kiss a Wookiee, kick a droid
Fly the Falcon through an asteroid
‘Til the princess is annoyed
This is spaceships
It’s monsters
It’s *Star Wars*
We love it!
Come and help me, Obi-Wan
X-Wing fighter and a blaster gun
Dance with ewoks, oh, what fun!
This is spaceships
It’s monsters
It’s *Star Wars*
We love it!
Get in there you big, furry oaf
I couldn’t care less what you smell!
I take orders from only me
Maybe you’d like it back in your cell
Your highness, your worshipfulness
Your highness, your worshipfulness!
No one cares if you upset a droid (Nobody cares if you upset a droid)
That’s because droids don’t tear your arms out of socket (Nobody cares)
I suggest a new strategy: let the Wookiee win
That’s because nobody cares if you upset a droid
Now we listen to Luke whining
One more season, one more season, one more season
I was gonna go to Tosche
Station for power converters
Now I guess I’m going nowhere
It just isn’t fair!
(Wookiee noises)
(Wookie noises)
Wookiee! Wookiee!
Wookiee! Wookiee!
Someone move this walking carpet
Someone move this walking carpet
(Woo-kiee, Woo-kiee)
Someone move this walking carpet
Someone move this walking carpet
(Woo-kiee, Woo-kiee)
Kiss your brother, kiss your brother
Princess Leia!
Well, I guess you don’t know anything about women
(Kissing noise)
(Who’s your daddy? Who’s your daddy?)
Who’s your daddy? Who’s your daddy?
Luke, I’m your father
(That’s not true!)
It is useless to resist
(My hand!)
Come with me, my son
We will rule
(I’ll never join you!)
Search your feelings, it is true
So, you have a twin sister who
Obi-Wan was wise to hide
(Is that Leia?)
If you will not turn
Then perhaps she will
Give in to your hate
You are mine
Long, long, long time ago
Far, far, far, far away
Long, long, long time ago
Far, far, far away
Kiss a Wookiee, (kiss a Wookiee)
Kick a droid, (kick a droid)
Fly the Falcon (fly the Falcon)
Through an asteroid!
‘Til the princess (’til the princess)
Is annoyed (she’s annoyed!)
This is spaceships
It’s monsters
It’s *Star Wars*
We love it, it’s true!
(Episode III)
Coming to you!
So let’s go (go, go, go to the movies)
Stand in line (buy, buy, buy me some popcorn)
Cause it’s al- (please, I like extra butter)
-most the time! (Join the Dark Side!)
May the Force be with you all!
(John Williams is the man!)

Moosebutter “Star Wars (John Williams Is the Man)”

Tony Dyson on creativity:

What did “Star Wars” change?


Summer blockbuster

Science fiction at the movies: “The Black Hole”

What does it have to do with “Star Trek?”

Other ‘Star Wars links:

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Speakers’ Club April 20, 2019 Hip Hop


Word Crimes:

2020 News Program 1981 documentary:

Hip Hop Evolution trailer:

1979 First known rap hit:

1980 Blondie’s Rapture: First rap song on MTV

1981 The Beastie Boys form “You Gotta Fight (for your right to party)”

1983 Ice T and gansta rap

1987 Public Enemy politically charged intro album

1988 NWA “Straight Outta Compton”

A Tribe called Quest, Tupac, Dr. Dre, Grandmaster Flash, 2 Live Crew, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Puff Daddy, Ice cube, LL Cool J, Sir Mix-A-Lot,

The Death of a Culture:

  • Nipsey Hussle: Age 33, shot in 2019, He owned several businesses in L.A.’s Crenshaw District and, according to the Los Angeles Times, was known to employ struggling residents, many homeless, and once gave a pair of shoes to every student at a nearby elementary school.
  • XXXtentacion: Age 20, shot in 2018.
  • Phife Dawg: Age 45, diabetes in 2016, member of A Tribe Called Quest.
  • MCA: Age 47, cancer in 2012, member of the Beastie Boys.
  • Guru: Age 48, cancer in 2010, member of Gang Starr.
  • J Dilla: Age 32, cardiac arrest in 2006.
  • Jam Master Jay: Age 37, shot in 2002, Run DMC.
  • Lisa Left-Eye Lopes: Age 30, car crash in 2002, TLC
  • Big L: Age 24, shot in 1999.
  • Notorious B.I.G.: Age 24, shot in 1997.
  • Tupac: Age 22, shot in 1996.
  • Scott La Rock: Age 25, shot in 1987.

“Accidental overdoses having claimed the lives of Mac Miller (26), Pimp C (33), Kriss Kross’s Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly (34) and Ol’ Dirty Bastard (35).”

“N.W.A. member Eazy-E (31) perished from complications due to AIDS in 1995. Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy (42) died from complications related to sickle-cell anemia. ig Pun (28), Nate Dogg (41) and Craig Mack (47) all had heart failure. For MC Breed (37), it was kidney failure. Three 6 Mafia co-founder Lord Infamous (40) died of a heart attack. Heavy D (44) suffered from heart disease and died from a blood clot in his lungs. Like Phife Dog, Tim Dog (46) died from complications related to diabetes.”

“Neglected neighborhoods rarely offer viable healthcare or affordable healthy food options.”

Above quotes taken from Nipsey Hussle op-ed cited above.

Inner city, systemic racism, poverty

See something similar in history of women writers from late 1800s.

Evolution of Hip Hop Dancing according to Jimmy Fallon and Will Smith:

History of Rap according to Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake:

Difference between Hip Hop and Rap according to Ebony:

Vocabulary and history:

Run DMC:

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Speakers’ Club Apr. 13, 2019 Musicals


Word Crimes Rehearsal:

The Musical on Broadway and at the Movies

The Jazz Singer: First synchronous sound movie was also a musical. Al Jolson.

The Wizard of Oz: I’m Melting; O-e-o-e-ooooo; Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain:

My Fair Lady: Broadway with Julie Andrews; movie with Audrey Hepburn. Andrews took the Mary Poppins Role and beat Hepburn out for the Oscar that year. From the play “Pygmalion.” Hepburn’s singing voice was dubbed over.

Fiddler on the Roof: Tradition!

The Phantom of the Opera:

Guys and Dolls, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando:


Damn Yankees:

Singin’ in the Rain:

The King and I: Yul Brynner

Porgy and Bess:


Chicago: The original “Orange is the New Black” with music.

A Chorus Line:

Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat: Donny Osmond;




Hamilton: Lin Manuel Miranda

Excalibur, the Man of La Mancha, Cabaret, Les Miserables, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, A Star Is Born, Porgy and Bess, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Evita, Fame, 42nd Street, Grease, Wicked