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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Useful English expressions – Expressions with “make”

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In English you will come across lots of expressions containing the verb “make” for instance:

  • She was finding it extremely difficult to make ends meet with her low salary.
  • After their car broke down they had to make their way to the cinema on foot.
  • He made her an offer of €10,000 for her car.
  • She was furious when he made a pass at her.
  • After a lot of hard work and sacrifice he made a fortune and now he is living in luxury
  • The new director made a point of getting to know every employee when he joined our company.
  • It makes no difference if I cook at mine or we eat at yours.
  • Some children are so mean. They made fun of our son because he couldn’t see without his glasses.
  • I can’t make sense of this article. Can you help me please?
  • It really made her day seeing you. She was in a really good mood after you left.

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Win a trip to Malta! How many Maltesers are in the jar?

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Chocolate, sunny weather, and lots of fun language practice. Sounds like a good combination, doesn’t it?

And it can all be yours for free, if you win the Great Chocolate Malteser Competition! Just guess how many chocolate Maltesers are in the jar.

Give us your answer by leaving a comment on the competition page


and also tell us why you think Malta is a good place to learn English. Good luck :-)

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English Grammar – Adjectives and adverbs

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Differences between adjectives and adverbs:



1)     Used to describe a noun
Tom is a careful driver
1)     Used to describe a verb
Tom drives carefully
2)     There are adjectives, like, friendly, silly, lovely that already end in ly and we can’t use them as adverbs 2)     To make an adverb we usually add ly to an adjective
slow – slowly
3)     After a linking verb, such as, look, seem and be, we use an adjective
Maria looks happy today (not happily)
3)     Good is an irregular adverb
I had a good sleep but I slept well (not goodly)

Now try the following quiz to see how much you remember :-)

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The Best of 2012 – Thank you everyone for a great year!

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After arriving in Malta at the start of March 2012, Malta has given memories that shall be cherished for many years to come.  Not only was it about moving from London to a new country, it was about being part of a team to start a brand new project and open the latest English Language School, called Maltalingua.

In the space of a few weeks, we managed to complete all of the finer details which had been in preparation since January.  The school was ready, we had the desks and chairs, the books had been delivered and our teachers had been recruited, and we were eagerly awaiting our first arrivals.


On 2 April 2012 we warmly welcomed our first students through the door.  Now the school had come alive, and since then more than 500 students from more than 15 different countries have studied at Maltalingua.  Some have chosen General English, other have preferred Business English and those looking to study at university abroad have taken our IELTS Preparation course.  However, the one thing that they have all shared is the vibrant community.

Students are invited to taste Maltese food at the weekly welcome party on the rooftop by our private pool, and take part in the social activities programme, including sports, culture and evening activities, all in the company of our teachers.  Perhaps some of the most memorable have been the fireworks in Valletta and the melodic sounds of the karaoke night in St Julians with over 50 students and teachers!


Maltalingua is situated in St Julians, which is arguably the most popular destination for English Language students in the Maltese Islands.  With over 300 days of sunshine and approximately 70,000 English language students arriving in Malta every year, it has been a pleasure to experience the Maltese atmosphere from such a great location.

Not only that, the school is based in a traditional and charming Maltese building with character and personality.  The building has been tastefully renovated to offer modern classrooms, and as the school has grown, the classrooms and the facilities have improved too, including the addition of a self-study room and a library.


At Maltalingua we have developed a detailed teaching programme with the latest materials. However, the credit for our students’ classroom experience must also be given to our staff.  We are fortunate to have a great team of qualified teachers, who care about the students and provide the opportunity for them to develop and practise their language skills in a welcoming environment.  They have received a lot of good feedback and some are still in touch with previous students, and the memory lives on.

And next…

After an amazing first year, we have welcomed 2013 with open arms, with new goals, new ambitions and the same enthusiasm.  Perhaps some of the most exciting projects are the addition of two more classrooms to our school in St Julians and the introduction of the brand new junior programme (aged 12-17) which is due to start in March.

We would like to express our gratitude to previous students for choosing Maltalingua and look forward to welcoming them and new students in the future.

Michael Brewster

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Maltalingua offers a chance to learn English: Tips for teaching yourself in the meantime

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If you’ll be heading to Maltalingua for a chance to learn English in a diverse cultural setting under the sun in the spectacular Mediterranean, or are just considering it, there are a number of things you can do to get started on your own in the meantime. By following these tips you’ll be giving yourself a head start at becoming fluent in English as quickly as possible. Before you know it, you’ll be speaking and understanding English and enjoying the many opportunities that allows.

Surround yourself with the language

The number one way to learn quickly is to immerse yourself in the English language by speaking, reading and listening to English at every opportunity available.

If you know someone that already speaks English, practice with them as often as possible and try to have all of your conversations in English. In addition, or for those who don’t have anyone nearby speaking the language, practicing online is another great way to surround yourself with English speaking people. Practice writing and reading everything you can over the Internet without having to turn to an automatic translator.

Video game chats, Facebook and nearly an endless number of social network sites help meeting and conversing with those who are fluent in English fairly easy.

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English vocabulary – Adjectives and prepositions

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Below you’ll find a list of common adjectives and prepositions that usually follow them.

interested inAre you interested in our offer?

afraid ofMy nephew is afraid of spiders.

excited about – She is really excited about the party.

satisfied withHe seemed to be satisfied with the result.

keen on – We offer great opportunities for students who are keen on fashion and design.

responsible for –  Who was responsible for the stolen goods?

good atAre you good at singing?

crowded with –  That pub is always crowded with tourists.

suitable forWe sell products which are suitable for vegetarians.

disappointed with –  Was Naomi  disappointed with her exam results?

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