What we're about

This group is aiming to encourage ESL people to practice their English in a friendly atmosphere, to know about others' languages and cultures, and to make new friends.

Note 1: We also have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/16781278822... (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1678127882281980/)

Note 2: Discussion topics and questions from past ESL meetups are online http://thormay.net/lxesl/DiscussionTopics/Adelaide-ESL-Meetup.htm

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English Conversation Practice

The Box Factory

A$3.00

Topic 123 STUPID, SMART or COMMON SENSE?

1. Is doing something stupid that same as being a stupid person? What is an example of each?

2. People have different talents. For example, someone might be stupid with technology but be good at talking. What are you stupid with?

3. Having "common sense" means finding a sensible solution to a problem. For example, if someone is angry and shouting, what is a common sense way to deal with them?

4. Looking back, what are some smart things you have done? What are some stupid things you have done?

5. What are some mistakes in the past which you have learned from? We often say that stupidity is doing the same thing again and again, and getting the same bad result. That is, a stupid person doesn't learn from his mistakes. Adaptability is changing a method when the first method doesn't work. An adaptable person learns from mistakes.

6. What are some examples of being too confident? Stupid people are often more confident than smart people. This is because stupid people can't actually understand they don't know things. [Psychologists call this the Dunning-Kruger effect].

7. In English, to BE SMART means a) to act wisely, or b) to have high intelligence. However, c) to DRESS SMARTLY means to dress well, or in a formal way. When I worked in a TAFE, I noticed that instructors usually dressed smartly. However, when I was a university lecturer, I noticed that lecturers and professors often didn't care much how they looked. Why do yo think there was this difference in dressing between TAFEs and universities? In which other jobs do you have to dress smartly? Why?

8. Why are some leaders, governments and countries so slow to learn from past mistakes? For example, look at how different countries have adapted to Covid.

9. Should smart people be paid a lot more than stupid people? Note that if there is a big wealth difference between rich and poor people, that country will have more crime and sometimes revolution. In every country there are many people who are not very smart. That is often not their fault. Maybe they were born that way.

10. Invent five common sense rules for happy daily living.

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NEW INFORMATION ABOUT USING THE BOX FACTORY COMMUNITY CENTRE

1. Your organizer (Thor) must now keep YOUR FULL NAME, PHONE NUMBER and EMAIL ADDRESS. This is a new law. It helps to trace contacts if anyone gets the Covid-19 virus. Thor will not give your details to anyone else.

2. Your organizer (Thor) will now ask for A DONATION OF $3 ($2 for online meetups). This is because from now on Thor must pay the City Council $15 for insurance each time we use the Box Factory. He also has to provide hand sanitizer etc. Also every 6 months Meetup.com in New York bills him for about A$160. You can pay $3 cash, or use PAY ID, a phone app from any bank. Just enter Thor's phone number into PAY ID -[masked]

3. It is important to LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE COMING. Press the 'Attend' (RSVP) Button on your phone. Cancel quickly if you change your mind.

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Where? Our meetup is now at The Box Factory which can give us a permanent place on Friday evenings. The address is 59 Regent St S, Adelaide. It is a nice, quiet place owned by the City Council, and about 1.5 km from Rundle Mall. Directions: Walk down Rundle Mall to Frome Street. Turn right and walk to the end of Frome Street. Then it becomes Regent Street. A small part of Regent Street is a bike path. At the end of the bike path on your right is the Box Factory. (It took me 14 minutes to walk). Go in through the glass door of the Box Factory . We will probably be in the second room on left (it should be open).

It's a chance for everyone who had been before to catch up and also a chance to make newcomers feel welcome.

Hope to meet you soon.

English Conversation Practice

The Box Factory

A$3.00

NEW INFORMATION ABOUT USING THE BOX FACTORY COMMUNITY CENTRE

1. Your organizer (Thor) must now keep YOUR FULL NAME, PHONE NUMBER and EMAIL ADDRESS. This is a new law. It helps to trace contacts if anyone gets the Covid-19 virus. Thor will not give your details to anyone else.

2. Your organizer (Thor) will now ask for A DONATION OF $3 ($2 for online meetups). This is because from now on Thor must pay the City Council $15 for insurance each time we use the Box Factory. He also has to provide hand sanitizer etc. Also every 6 months Meetup.com in New York bills him for about A$160. You can pay $3 cash, or use PAY ID, a phone app from any bank. Just enter Thor's phone number into PAY ID -[masked]

3. It is important to LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE COMING. Press the 'Attend' (RSVP) Button on your phone. Cancel quickly if you change your mind.

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Where? Our meetup is now at The Box Factory which can give us a permanent place on Friday evenings. The address is 59 Regent St S, Adelaide. It is a nice, quiet place owned by the City Council, and about 1.5 km from Rundle Mall. Directions: Walk down Rundle Mall to Frome Street. Turn right and walk to the end of Frome Street. Then it becomes Regent Street. A small part of Regent Street is a bike path. At the end of the bike path on your right is the Box Factory. (It took me 14 minutes to walk). Go in through the glass door of the Box Factory . We will probably be in the second room on left (it should be open).

It's a chance for everyone who had been before to catch up and also a chance to make newcomers feel welcome.

Please make sure that you have an active profile, and that you say 'yes' if you are coming - just so we know who we can expect, or who to look out for. Is your photo on your profile?

Hope to meet you soon.

English Conversation Practice

The Box Factory

A$3.00

NEW INFORMATION ABOUT USING THE BOX FACTORY COMMUNITY CENTRE

1. Your organizer (Thor) must now keep YOUR FULL NAME, PHONE NUMBER and EMAIL ADDRESS. This is a new law. It helps to trace contacts if anyone gets the Covid-19 virus. Thor will not give your details to anyone else.

2. Your organizer (Thor) will now ask for A DONATION OF $3 ($2 for online meetups). This is because from now on Thor must pay the City Council $15 for insurance each time we use the Box Factory. He also has to provide hand sanitizer etc. Also every 6 months Meetup.com in New York bills him for about A$160. You can pay $3 cash, or use PAY ID, a phone app from any bank. Just enter Thor's phone number into PAY ID -[masked]

3. It is important to LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE COMING. Press the 'Attend' (RSVP) Button on your phone. Cancel quickly if you change your mind.

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Where? Our meetup is now at The Box Factory which can give us a permanent place on Friday evenings. The address is 59 Regent St S, Adelaide. It is a nice, quiet place owned by the City Council, and about 1.5 km from Rundle Mall. Directions: Walk down Rundle Mall to Frome Street. Turn right and walk to the end of Frome Street. Then it becomes Regent Street. A small part of Regent Street is a bike path. At the end of the bike path on your right is the Box Factory. (It took me 14 minutes to walk). Go in through the glass door of the Box Factory . We will probably be in the second room on left (it should be open).

It's a chance for everyone who had been before to catch up and also a chance to make newcomers feel welcome.

Please make sure that you have an active profile, and that you say 'yes' if you are coming - just so we know who we can expect, or who to look out for. Is your photo on your profile?

Hope to meet you soon.

English Conversation Practice

The Box Factory

A$3.00

NEW INFORMATION ABOUT USING THE BOX FACTORY COMMUNITY CENTRE

1. Your organizer (Thor) must now keep YOUR FULL NAME, PHONE NUMBER and EMAIL ADDRESS. This is a new law. It helps to trace contacts if anyone gets the Covid-19 virus. Thor will not give your details to anyone else.

2. Your organizer (Thor) will now ask for A DONATION OF $3 ($2 for online meetups). This is because from now on Thor must pay the City Council $15 for insurance each time we use the Box Factory. He also has to provide hand sanitizer etc. Also every 6 months Meetup.com in New York bills him for about A$160. You can pay $3 cash, or use PAY ID, a phone app from any bank. Just enter Thor's phone number into PAY ID -[masked]

3. It is important to LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE COMING. Press the 'Attend' (RSVP) Button on your phone. Cancel quickly if you change your mind.

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Where? Our meetup is now at The Box Factory which can give us a permanent place on Friday evenings. The address is 59 Regent St S, Adelaide. It is a nice, quiet place owned by the City Council, and about 1.5 km from Rundle Mall. Directions: Walk down Rundle Mall to Frome Street. Turn right and walk to the end of Frome Street. Then it becomes Regent Street. A small part of Regent Street is a bike path. At the end of the bike path on your right is the Box Factory. (It took me 14 minutes to walk). Go in through the glass door of the Box Factory . We will probably be in the second room on left (it should be open).

It's a chance for everyone who had been before to catch up and also a chance to make newcomers feel welcome.

Please make sure that you have an active profile, and that you say 'yes' if you are coming - just so we know who we can expect, or who to look out for. Is your photo on your profile?

Hope to meet you soon.

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