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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Weather Forecast – English Lesson

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Weather forecast In Malta today it will be hot and sunny with temperatures up to 32 degrees Celsius. Tomorrow will be windy but quite warm, with a high of 28. On Friday it will be a wet night with rain showers and a possibility of isolated thunderstorms. It will be partly cloudy for most of Saturday morning, but these clouds should move out by mid-afternoon. In the evening there will be a cool breeze. Skies should be clear on Sunday and the sun will be shining brightly, so make sure to wear light clothes.

cloud/cloudy thunderstorm fog/foggy/mist/misty rain/rainy
wind/windy sun/sunny snow/snowy partly cloudy

Difficulty

(Low) Medium High
A1 (A2) B1 B2 C1 C2

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Msida Festa School Activity

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At the end of a busy week, all the students were looking forward to another cultural activity where they could socialise, practise their English in a laid back and relaxed environment and discover more about Malta’s religious and historical aspects.

The Maltese Islands consist of Malta, Gozo, and Comino and there are over 360 churches, which means one church for every 1,000 residents, which is a staggering number. The parish church (“il-parroċċa” or “il-knisja parrokjali” in Maltese) is the architectural and geographic focal point of every Maltese town and village.

Many towns and villages also have their own patron saint. Msida is no different and it traditionally celebrates the Feast of St. Joseph on the first Sunday after July 16. This includes marching bands, religious processions, special Masses, fireworks, and other festivities.

Since the Msida feast was getting closer, we obviously wanted to grasp the opportunity and give our students a taste of what a typical feast in Malta is all about, where locals gather in the town together to enjoy food and music in local bars or on the streets, chatting over a nice refreshing drink and some scrumptious snacks.

Katrin, one of Maltalingua’s teachers, also gave us an interesting tour of the local band club ‘Għaqda Melita Banda San Ġużepp’, which was celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. We explored the committee rooms (see photos) and then joined the marching band on the main street of Msida. Then, we relaxed and soaked up the Maltese atmosphere, tasted the food and enjoyed the local drinks! Eventually, we had to take the coach back to St Julian’s, but Dino, Cedric and Yutaka were so fascinated by this occasion, they decided to stay on.

The turnout for this excursion was beyond our expectations. Not only did all the students who signed up, turn up, an extra half a dozen students decided to join; as the age old saying goes, “The more the merrier!”

written by Katrin Risiott

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Useful English expressions – Opinions

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Difficulty Medium (B2)

We all have opinions about most things and like to ask other for their opinions.

At home:

John: Dad, what do you think of this car? Shall I buy it?
Dad: I think it’s ok, but a little expensive.

With friends:

Me: What do you think of the Italian restaurant that you visited on Saturday?
Friend: I think the food was amazing, and the service was excellent.

At work:

Rowan: What do you think would be the best time for the presentation?
Mark: In my opinion we should start at 2.00pm

Instead of being repetitive and using “I think” or “in my opinion” there are several expressions which can be used when asking and giving your opinion.

Asking for opinions

  • What do you think?
  • What’s your view?
  • How do you feel about (sth)
  • What are your ideas?
  • How do you see the situation?
  • Do you have any thoughts on (sth)?
Giving opinions

  • I feel that…
  • I believe..
  • According to (sb/sth)….
  • In my experience…
  • Personally, I think…
  • It seems to me that…
  • I have no doubt that….

Example:

Peter: What do you think about studying English in Malta?
Maria: Personally, I think it’s great. I was there two years ago and I really enjoyed it.
Peter: Sounds good. And how did you feel about going by yourself?
Maria: Well, I was a bit worried at first, but I made friends from all around the world. After the lessons, we used to go to the beach and in the evenings we went to the clubs, bars and restaurants too. I feel it’s the best place to learn English and make lots of new friends.
Peter: And what’s your view on the best time of year to go?
Maria: Well, I went in July and the atmosphere was great.

Peter: I believe it’s time to go and try it out myself.

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Football and English at sunset

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After a day of fun and learning at school, all the boys were geared up for an afternoon of football. Initially we had planned to play the game on the beach, so everyone would feel free to play or swim accordingly, but since everyone was so enthusiastic to play a serious game of ball, we decided to quickly take a vote and see who would rather play in a football pitch. After a unanimous decision, football pitch it was! The verdict was made literally five minutes before we set off, but I guess that’s the beauty of spontaneity, it keeps everyone on their toes! Our Director of Studies immediately took the initiative to call Luxol Grounds to book a pitch for 5pm that afternoon.

None of us were disheartened by the heat, as we enthusiastically walked from Maltalingua to Pembroke. Fortunately (or possibly, unfortunately!), I decided to take the safer route for us pedestrians. However, little did I know that the direction I took, although safe, was rather long. It’s a good thing Angelo kept me good company, as the others tagged along. I somewhat felt like a lost tourist trying to find our way in time for our booking. I was rather embarrassed to ask a random stranger if I was in the right direction, especially since I myself am a local, who doesn’t live so far away from there. I guess it was the heat and the excitement that clouded my better judgement and sense of direction, or lack thereof!

Finally we managed to get there just 10 minutes late, and to the guys’ delight, we were kindly given an extra 15 minutes to play, which was great because they made full use of every last minute. It was awesome to see all the students play together. We were such a sizeable number that students decided to play 10 minute games alternately, so everyone got the chance to play. All of us had such a good time. Even Yutaka joined this energy packed activity despite having refused the day before, because he was feeling slightly tired. He actually ended up being one of the students who played the most!

This was yet another successful activity our school planned so as to give students the opportunity to spend quality time together in a friendly competition. It was so lovely to see the majority of our students play ball together, especially since not everyone shares the same class, they were given the chance to share a few games. Needless to say, there was a great sense of team spirit, some talked, others played while others preferred to be an audience and help me take some memorable photos. But enough talking, evidently the pictures speak thousands of words!

written by Michaela Griscti

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How to start a conversation in English

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As everyone knows, the corner stone (key) to improving your language skills is through conversation. Through conversation comes practice and though repetition one learns. However, for some people, starting up a conversation is the hard part especially in a foreign language.

So next time you are stuck for words, choose one of the following examples to ‘break the ice’.

Formal Greeting

Hello\How Are You?\How do you do?\Pleasure to meet you\How are you?

Good evening\Good Day\Good Morning

Informal Greeting

Hi\What’s up? \How’s it going?

Follow up…

Try some of the following out at school or in a similar situation. You can amend them to suit your environment.

  • Beautiful weather, don’t you think so?
  • So, do you come here often?
  • Are you also new here?
  • Where do you come from?
  • Allow me to introduce myself, my name is….
  • Have you been to this school/café/bar before?

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Are You Ready to Learn English in Malta?

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Maltalingua is a British run English language school that combines high-quality courses with social activities. Located in a recently renovated historic building overlooking the picturesque bay of St. Julians, Maltalingua offers modern classrooms, a lending library, a chill-out room, a free Internet studio, and a roofed terrace with a swimming pool.

Why would you want to come to Malta to learn English?

Malta is a Mediterranean island and smallest, most southern member of the EU. Malta was part of the British Empire for 164 years and one of Britain’s lasting legacies was the English language.

Malta is also one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. Its golden sandy beaches, crystal blue waters, and glorious sunshine make it one of the most charming locations in the Mediterranean.

Combine Malta’s tourist attractions with its British legacy and you have the ideal place for learning English.

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Our blog features the latest news and reviews about our (most) welcoming English language school on the island of Malta. Our teachers and students will document both the usual and unusual goings on both inside and outside of Maltalingua.

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