Wednesday, May 30, 2012

English Speaking Club Session


Our next meeting will be on June 24th!
For the next three weeks we'll have a little holidays.




Monday, May 28, 2012

American slang


May 27th, at 2 p.m.  we had English Speaking Club with Peace Corps Volunteers Jun Blore  and Andrew Brož. There were 15 people, among them students and teachers.
This session was devoted to American slang. We spoke about the most common slang words and expressions used by American youth.
It turned out that there are lots of slang words of everyday use which are widely used in spoken language and English language learners actually have to know them so that to understand the speech.
We also listened to the popular American songs and tried to hear all the words and understand their meaning.
We discovered that there are two main sources of emerging slang in America: youth and hip-hop.
It was very interesting for the visitors to get acquainted with American slang. In some situations we tried to correlate American slang word and Ukrainian variant of this word. 







Tuesday, May 15, 2012

U.S. SCIENCE FICTION AUTHORS

Asimov, Isaac
    Foundation series
    I, Robot

Atwood, Margaret [Canadian, not U.S.]
    The Handmaid's Tale
    Oryx and Crake

Bradbury, Ray
    The Martian Chronicles
    Fahrenheit 451

Card, Orson Scott
    Ender's Game

Cherryh, C.J.
    Foreigner series

Delaney, Samuel R.
    Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand

Dick, Philip K.
    The Man in the High Castle
    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
    Ubik
    VALIS
    
Gibson, William
    Neuromancer

Heinlein, Robert H.
    Starship Troopers
    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
    Stranger in a Strange Land

Herbert, Frank
    Dune

Hubbard, L. Ron
    Battlefield Earth

Le Guin, Ursula K.
    The Dispossessed
    The Left Hand of Darkness

Robinson, Kim Stanley
    Mars trilogy
    The Years of Rice and Salt

Stephenson, Niel
    Snow Crash

Twain, Mark [Samuel Clemens]
    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Vonnegut, Kurt
    Cat's Cradle
    Slaughterhouse Five
    Breakfast of Champions

American science fiction writers


May 13th, at 2 p.m.  we had English Speaking Club with Peace Corps Volunteers Jun Blore  and Andrew Brož. There were 20 people, among them students and teachers.
We discussed American science fiction writers. This meeting turned out to be very interesting, useful and helpful. We talked about well-known writers and also got information about some of them who we didn’t know before.  We discovered such trend as pulp fiction, a bit of its history, representatives and their works.
Of course many famous writers were mentioned but also some contemporary representatives of this genre were discussed.
The visitors exchanged their experience in reading science-fiction works, shared their famous authors and preferences. Science-fiction turned out to be quite popular and even favorite among other genres.
It was extremely interesting to observe such discussion.