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Monthly Archives: March 2013

English Vocabulary – Word formation

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In English when we add a suffix or a prefix to a word it changes meaning and a new adjective, noun, or verb is created.

Below there is a list of prefixes and suffixes which are commonly used:

Prefix Suffix
  1. fore– forewarn
  2. ex – ex-wife
  3. un – undress
  4. over – overtake
  5. in – incomplete
  6. im – impolite
  7. dis – disrespectful
  1. ship – friendship
  2. hood– childhood
  3. ful – spoonful
  4. ing– interesting
  5. ment – argument
  6. age – package
  7. ness – happiness

Fill in the blanks with suitable prefixes or suffixes!

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English Grammar – Past perfect and past perfect continuous

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Differences between these two tenses:

Past perfect

Past perfect continuous

1) Used to talk about something that happened before another action in the pastYou had studied Spanish before you moved to Ecuador. 1) Used to talk about the duration of an activity that happened before another action in the past. They had been talking for almost an hour before Tom arrived.
2) To show how long something lasted before another action happened in the past.They had lived in a flat before they bought a new house in the country. 2) To show cause and effect about something in the pastSamantha lost a lot of weight because she had been exercising very hard.

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English Vocabulary – The world of Business

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Below you’ll find a list of English verbs/phrasal verbs which are commonly used in the world of business.

keep up with  –  to stay at an equal level with someone or something.
cater for – to provide something/someone with what they need or want.
customise – to make/change something according to what someone wants.
approve of – to have a positive opinion of someone or something that you think it’s good.
plummet –
to suddenly fall and become lower
be made redundant – when an employee is asked to leave his/her job because he/she is no longer needed in the company.
comply with – to obey a law/rule/regulation
bring up –
to introduce a subject to be discussed
arise from – when a problem starts developing
cut back on – to reduce something

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March Events in Malta

Fireworks at Village Festa
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We can’t wait to welcome new students to Maltalingua in March. We have lots of great activities for you both in the classroom and out of it. And there’s always a lot happening on the islands. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the special things that are taking place in Malta this March.

From 14 to 17 March, you can enjoy high culture at Valletta’s beautiful Manoel Theatre, which was built by the Knights of Malta in 1731. For the Bank of Valletta Opera Festival, a group of Maltese and international artists is performing “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “I Pagliacci”.

On 17 March, an event called Alarme takes us back in time to the days of Napoleon. Scenes from Napoleon’s invasion of the islands in 1798 and his army’s surrender to the British in 1800 are re-enacted. It’s easy to forget that it’s the 21st century.

On 26 March, Malta is playing against its neighbour to the north, Italy, in a qualifying match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Cheer for the Maltese players at the Ta’ Qali National Stadium!

Since 98 per cent of the Maltese population are Roman Catholic, Easter is a big deal on the islands. On the evening of Maundy Thursday, 28 March, people visit seven different churches to pray. On the next day, Good Friday, statues of Jesus and other biblical figures are carried through many villages and towns. Finally, Easter Sunday, 31 March is a joyful celebration. Make sure you get a traditional pastry, called “figolli”!

31 March is also Freedom Day, a public holiday. It celebrates the day – 31 March, 1979 – when the last British troops left the islands. Each year, there is a regatta, or series of boat races in Grand Harbour. Get something to eat or drink from the vendors along the harbour, and join in the excitement.


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