After a successful 'test run' in February (see Our First Members-only Icebreaker Session), we did not one but two Icebreaker Sessions last week.
There are members of Leonardo English from 50 different countries now, spanning almost every timezone in the world, and so we are now doing them on different days to give everyone the best chance of finding one that suits them.
So, last Tuesday and Wednesday it was great to see curious minds from all over the world coming together.
For many, this was the second, third, fourth, or fifth event that they have attended, and it is fantastic to see people getting to know each other.
In terms of the format of the event, we had 5 different 'rounds'.
- Nice to meet you - A great way to 'break the ice', and start with some easy questions.
- My country / city - A way to share some thoughts about where you live
- Objects - Everyone had to share the most USELESS object in their house, the most USEFUL object in their house, and something that they have in their house that nobody else has
- Two Truths and a Lie - A fun way to find out some secret talents of fellow members
- True or not - A silly but quite fun game, where we had to guess whether a 'fact' was true or not. For example, "Prince Harry is taller than Prince William" (false, by the way)
For each game, members were randomly put into small groups or pairs, to answer fun and interesting icebreaker questions.
Some questions were basic and a bit silly, others were slightly more thought-provoking.
If you could live in a fictional world (any book or movie is fair game) just for this weekend, where would you go?
What's your favourite 'hidden' place in your city/country?
What's one thing that people think about your city/country that ISN'T true?
In terms of the objects, we found out that more people than you might expect have special machines to prepare fruit. That was certainly a surprise for me too...
Overall, they were both great events, and a fantastic way to speak English in a low-stress environment with other curious minds.
I'm already looking forward to the next one.
And our Tuesday event was particularly special, as there was the announcement that there is a mini curious mind who will become the first Leonardo English baby (congratulations Agnese!).
If you're a member of Leonardo English, look out for the announcement about the next session, and I hope to see you there.
If you're not yet a member of Leonardo English, and you are ready to improve your English in a more interesting way, then I'd love to welcome you as a member: Become a member of Leonardo English.