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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Champions league final on our big screen and BBQ

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It was a night to remember as we had our first BBQ of the summer. Under the new roof on the terrace we installed our new BIG screen where we watched Bayern taking the Champions league crown.

Uli our star chef of the night volunteered to flip the burgers and feed everyone. A big thank you to him and all that helped out on the night.  As the night drew in and the full moon rose we all sat down to watch a great game.

Congratulations to Bayern and commiserations to Dormund.

We are glad that the night was a success and very pleased everyone enjoyed themselves : )

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Students try rabbit and start dancing!

Dinner in ir-Razzett
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As part of the school’s comprehensive activity plan we now offer a weekly evening night out accompanied by a Maltalingua teacher. Students can get to know each other, practice their English and have it corrected by their teacher ; ) Last week we decided to go to Ir-Razzett Farmhouse restaurant in Qormi. The restaurant which dates back to 1742 is one of the oldest in Malta and specializes in a traditional style of Maltese cooking which dates back a 1000 years.

We had a sizable group of 30 and the feedback was great. They even had a student playing the guitar and Channel who not only teaches but can also play along with the tambourine!

Check out the video and those dance moves : )

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June Events in Malta

Rudimental Live on Stage
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Whether visiting Malta to enjoy the island’s spectacular natural beauty, experience its ancient history explore its fascinating culture or all of the above, there’s always something to keep you busy outside of the classroom and help you practise your newly-acquired English skills, and June is no different. Here’s a summary of what’s going on in Malta this month…

Music
Every Wednesday evening in June the beautiful courtyard of the Palazzo de Piro plays host to renowned Jazz musicians Adrian ‘ir-Russu Brincat’ and Dominic Galea. For something a little more diverse, the Earth Garden Festival runs from 31st May to 2nd June and features a variety of performers at the Ta’Qali National Park. The 26th June sees the annual MTV festival in Malta with acts such as Rita Ora and Rudimental already confirmed, this year’s even promises to be as big as previous years’.

Malta Food Festival

Food
Saturday the 1st June sees the town of Haz-Zabbar celebrate the Malta International Food Festival. This event is an opportunity to sample dishes from six different areas of the world including, of course, Maltese food. The professional chefs will ensure that you experience authentic flavours complemented by four guest bands as well as an open mic session.

Art
For the art fans, English-born artist Chloe Jayne Waterfield is showcasing her work in the Art Instinct Exhibition in the Cavalieri Hotel. The exhibition runs from the 6th June to the 15th July and her work focuses on the influences of the natural world and Palaeolithic art in modern times.

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Activities during your language trip: Malta for less than €10

Celebrate the Maltese way!
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Whether you’re on a budget or simply looking for a good value way to spend an afternoon, here are some of Malta’s highlights which can be explored for under €10.

Village Festa (Free admission)
Every village celebrate their patron saint day with a party and this provides a unique opportunity for you to mingle with the locals, practise your English and experience first-hand some local Maltese culture and tradition. And no Maltese party would be complete without local music, food and, of course, fireworks!

Azure Window (Free admission)
The Azure Window is one of Malta’s natural beauty spots and is a spectacular example of nature’s power and splendour, the sea having eroded the rock into a stunning arch shape.

National Museum of Fine Arts (€5 admission)
In an area of Valletta known for its wine bars and café culture, the Museum of Fine Arts is situated in a building dating back to the 16th century and showcases some of the most diverse paintings spanning eras from medieval to contemporary.

Museum of Archaeology (€8 admission)
Situated in another of the island’s many historical buildings, the Museum of Archaeology showcases finds from Gozo’s history and provides a fascinating insight into the island’s archaeological past.

Explore the Ggantija Temples in MaltaGgantija Temples (€8 admission)
Dating back to 3,500 BC, the spectacular Ggantija Temples (‘place of giants’) is the oldest, and best preserved, free-standing structure in the world.

Open Air Markets (Free admission)
Almost every town in Malta has a market; an opportunity for locals to catch up with each other and for visitors to buy some of the island’s local produce and souvenirs to take home. Why not strike up a conversation with some of the locals – an ideal way to practise your English skills!

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Maltalingua Junior Easter Programme – A Review

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A report from your lovely group leader Nina:

What did I know about Malta before I got there? Not much! Nevertheless, after departing Munich Airport and while sitting in the plane several thoughts crossed my mind: what will the time over there be like, what about the kids?! What does working under the sun actually mean? Now I can say even though working as a group leader for a language school can be stressful at times, it is a lot of fun! So, here is a summary of the exciting and memorable two weeks which we had with the juniors.

On our first day in Malta we explored the north of this beautiful island. Although the weather was a bit rough and we were nearly blown away, we still got off the bus at Golden Bay and spent some time on the sandy beach – we even had a free skin exfoliation. After dinner we had our welcome party in the indoor pool area. Relaxing by the pool and playing water basketball helped us to get to know each other very quickly as we enjoyed our first evening away from home.

The next day we were taken to the capital city – Valletta. We had a great experience watching the Malta 5D show in the modern theatre. Afterwards, we enjoyed a thrilling treasure hunt in Valletta – with some stops at different shops where everyone could find their very own treasures.

On Wednesday evening we had the chance to go kart racing in Ta Qali in the heart of Malta. After the qualifying rounds we contested a thrilling competitive race. Surprisingly – and much to his brother’s annoyance – one of our youngest students won!

The next day we visited Popeye Village. After a brief introduction we changed into costume and made our own Popeye movie. The highlight of this day however, was our evening activity – the boat party. From the most popular harbour of Sliema we departed for Saint Pauls Bay and had soft drinks and Maltese ftira in the middle of the sea. We danced and had a lot of fun until it was time to head back.

Our destination on Saturday was Mdina. After visiting the Mdina Dungeons we took a walk through the narrow streets of the ‘silent city’. Finally we were rewarded with a stunning view over Malta and cake at Fontanella.

Nina in Malta On our full day trip we took a boat to the small island of Comino. We marvelled at the famous blue lagoon which has the most crystal clear water you can find.

On sunny Sunday we packed our swimming trunks once again and did an excursion to Golden Bay – a whole day full of sunbathing, beach volleyball, beach soccer and for those who dared (and were forced) also swimming. In the evening we sat back, got comfy and ended the evening on a cozy note with a good English movie.

During our bowling session on Monday afternoon we tried to bowl strikes and  spares and plenty of pins were knocked down. After our sporting achievements we deserved the pizza party at Pizza Hut and thoroughly enjoyed our well-earned pizzas, soft drinks and ice cream.

We headed to Bugibba  to take part in Malta’s first underwater safari of 2013. We were able to see what lies beneath the sea and this was truly amazing. From the observation keel we caught breath-taking underwater sights like fish darting in and out of crevices and floating jellyfish.

The very next day we continued with another sporting activity in a stunning setting – the always funny and traditional game of mini golf. In teams of 4 we tried to conquer the 18 holes in as few strokes as possible. We spent the entire Thursday afternoon at Tigne Point, a big shopping mall in Sliema where we were able to get rid of all our pocket money.

In the evening we could choose to either visit Bugibba by night, or enjoy a relaxable and social evening by playing computer games, table tennis and pool.  

Sadly, all good things must come to an end and the final day had arrived. We had to pack our suitcases all too soon. After relaxing in Kennedy Grove Park we were ready for our farewell party. Thunderous applause completed the picture show of the holiday and Rosi’s piano performance. We danced to the beats of DJ Malte and friends far into the night and our bar staff Navid and Bernd provided us with tasty cocktails.  Our great evening had come to an end far too soon and we had to say goodbye to our new friends and to Malta.

These were without doubt two amazing weeks! Thanks to all the kids and staff of the school! You made this time so special and memorable.

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