Members-only Session: Countries of The World (Oct 2023)

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November 3, 2023
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November 3, 2023
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Alastair Budge

On a cold October evening, curious minds from a wide range of countries gathered for our second "Countries of The World" session. Here's what happened, and what we learned.

Members-only Session: Countries of The World (Oct 2023)
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The idea behind everything we do at Leonardo English is for you to learn English while learning weird and wonderful things about the world.

So I was really excited to host our second ever "Countries of The World" session (you can read about the first here).

The idea behind the events was imple:

Before the event, everyone who registered was given three countries that were different to their own.

Their homework was to do some (short) research on the three countries given to them. This can include:

  • A famous person from the country
  • A city from the country
  • An unusual fact about the country

During the event, we broke up into smaller discussion groups of 3-4 people, and everyone had the chance to talk about their assigned countries.

I moved around the discussion groups and learned a huge amount:

  • Greece has 14,000 kilometres of coastline
  • The real name of the capital of Thailand isn't Bangkok, but "Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit"
  • There is an underwater theme park in Bahrain that is 100,000 square metres (making it the biggest in the world)
Greece to expand territorial waters from 6 to 12 miles from the coastline
14,000 kilometres of coastline right there
Bangkok - What you need to know before you go - Go Guides
The city that isn't technically called Bangkok
Bahrain to open world's largest underwater theme park, complete with  submerged Boeing 747 jet | The Independent | The Independent
The world's biggest underwater theme park

It was a huge amount of fun, and it is always amazing to connect with such wonderful curious learners (and practise some English at the same time).

It seems to be a winning format, and I'm already looking forward to the next one...

If you're a member of Leonardo English, keep a lookout for the next session.

And if you're not yet a member but you'd like to join in the fun, I'd love for you to check out our membership options.

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