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Monthly Archives: October 2013

***WINNER OF OUR MALTALINGUA POOL COMPETITION***

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We finally have a winner of our pool competition : )

Lourdes, from Spain is the lucky girl who guessed closest to the right amount of tiles. There are 71482 tiles in the Maltalingua pool.

When Lourdes saw the Maltalingua pool competition she thought it was a good opportunity for her to improve her English in another country. She wants to learn English to communicate with others and was convinced that Malta is an enjoyable and sunny spot to combine a holiday with studying English. Lordes loves to get to know people from different cultures. Therefore, she thinks that Malta is an optimal destination as you can find so many language students from different places all over the world.

The rules were simple – How many tiles are in Maltalingua’s private swimming pool? Almost impossible to count but out of over 700 other applicants Lourdes’ guess was the closest and she is now the winner of a two week language journey to Malta.

Entries came in from all over the world, from as far afield as Mexico and Russia as well as Germany, the UK as well as Spain. Lourdes says she is more than looking forward to her time in Malta where she’ll attend a general English course, be accommodated in a school apartment and enjoy all Malta has to offer.  No doubt she also plans to take a dip the pool which helped her to win!

Don’t be too disappointed if you missed out though, keep your eyes peeled for our next competition and, who knows, the next winner of a language holiday to Malta could be you!

The Maltalingua Team is looking forward to welcome you at our school J

 

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November 2013 events in Malta

Valletta - Cultural Capital 2018
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With plenty of opportunities to use your English outside of the classroom and a range of activities to keep you occupied in your free-time, we guarantee that you’ll never be bored in Malta. Here are some of November’s highlights.

History
Learn about milestones throughout Malta’s past at the Mixta ta Poplu (until 5th November) which guides you through Malta’s history, explaining some of the island’s key dates and eras. Throughout November, an exhibition at Fort St. Angelo marks the history of the fortification including memorabilia showcasing the fort as one of Malta’s most iconic sights and celebrates it being the site of one of the first naval cinemas in Malta.

Art
To celebrate being named as Capital of Culture for 2018, Valletta is hosting ‘A Tale of a City’ (until 21st November), an exhibition featuring work from eleven local artists highlighting the history and culture of Malta’s capital.

Performing Arts
Kenneth Ross’s new play, ‘The Lockerbie Bomber’ is a real-life drama exploring events which followed the tragic bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 killing 270 people. The play, which debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, runs from 1st to 10th November at the St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity.

Music
On 30th November the Orpheum Theatre is host to a live music concert with performances by the talented French artist Gaela Brown with her band from Paris and Tel Aviv. She will be joined by two of Malta’s best-known bands, Stalko and The New Victorians for a night of unforgettable live music.

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Underwater Experience in Malta – Diving and Snorkelling

Discover Malta's underwater treasures
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Malta’s crystal-clear waters and beautiful underwater scenery make for an unforgettable experience, whether scuba diving or snorkelling. The abundance of wrecks to be explored ensure that divers from beginner to expert can find new and interesting dive sites on each trip and the beautiful reefs and marine life mean snorkelers needn’t miss out either.

Malta boasts some of the clearest waters in the world with excellent visibility all the way down to 30 metres so a boat dive or shore dive in one of the country’s wrecks or reefs is sure to exhilarate even the most experienced of divers. Explore Billinghurst Cave which stretches from just below the surface down to 27 metres and is home to some beautiful coral and marine life. For divers looking for a shallower dive, the beautiful St. Marija Caves house some fascinating marine life or, for the advanced divers interested in marine life there is plenty to be seen at Dwejra Point – one of the most spectacular sites in Malta. The waters surrounding Malta are also home to some interesting wrecks, none more so than the light World War II bomber, the Blenheim which can be explored to a depth of 42 metres. A shallower wreck is accessible at 10-15 metres – the Carolita Barge.

Snorkelers are also well catered for in Malta and no previous experience is required to explore the beautiful reefs and turquoise waters. Explore Cirkewwa and meet the diverse sea life which frequent this reef. Discover the Mediterranean’s version of a coral reef at Coral Garden which is home to some colourful fauna. These are just a couple of examples of the abundant opportunities for snorkelling in Malta.

If you’re looking for a different kind of discovery in Malta, why not combine your diving/snorkelling trip with an English course? Maltalingua School of English offers quality teaching and gives you the opportunity to meet new people from all over the world and, perhaps, meet a new dive buddy to spend your free afternoons off-shore with.

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Malte in Malta – English, crazy drivers, rocky beaches and my school

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My first day. I came from 6 degree cold Hamburg to 35 degree hot Malta. After a few minutes of waiting for another student, our taxi driver brought us to our apartments. In Malta, for us “normal” Europeans, the Maltese drive on the wrong side, but not my driver. He drove wherever it was free of cars, on both sides. After three heart attacks, I was by the door of my apartment. The apartment is very big and is in a good position (I can see the sea from my balcony). Other things that shocked me were the beaches. The rocky beaches are nice too, but after a while lying there, you get back problems!

For all the people who want to visit Malta, I suggest you go to Golden Bay, it’s wonderful to lie on the warm sand and drink a cold drink, like a Maltese beer called Cisk, and eat some watermelon. However if you want my advice, don’t drink Kinnie (local soft drink), it’s horrible! But now back to the apartment and my school. My nice apartment is next to many restaurants, the reason why I’m getting fat. My school is 4 minutes and 20 crazy Maltese car drivers away. The best things at school are the pool on the roof and the breaks. I like all the teachers I had and I have improved my English very much. I also like the organization staff, who plan very good activities for the students like dinner in an old Maltese restaurant or playing soccer. And they help you to organize your own things, like the football match in my first blog. Now, it’s October, I can still swim in the sea. If I go in the sea back in Germay this time, I will die of hypothermia. I can lie on the beach here and relax after a fun day at school. I can remember my first time in Paceville, after a Pub crawling tour with a teacher from our school (James). Paceville is a place, that you either love or hate. But I don’t want to speak about Paceville, because you must see this for yourself and build your own opinion.

Malta has a lot of places you must see, like azure window in Gozo or the blue grotto or Popeye village. However I will write about places of interests in my next blog.

See you soon on Malta.

Malte

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Walking through Malta – One day in Valletta (guest post)

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I managed to make time for a trip to Malta and I got the chance to spend one day in Valletta. It was a choice I will never regret thanks to the sheer amazement I felt thanks to everything I saw! The capital of Malta, Valletta, is attached to the military order and hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights of the Order of Malta. These were based here from 1530 until 1798 and left a large footprint as the network of spacious and neat streets and numerous monuments. Churches and palaces, museums and theaters, gardens and squares were almost completely preserved with their original features. The city has hardly changed since 1798 when the gentlemen left off.

We started the visit in the gardens of Upper Baraka from which we were offered magnificent views of the fortified cities against Valletta. The bad is that there was too much sun and it was difficult to get good pictures because they burned out. But I was delighted to have this good time. It was really beautiful to be there. We strolled through small town. I found it strange to see so many decorations but also very amusing.

 Valletta - the nice Maltese capital

On the streets of Valletta it was easy to realize the country’s cultural mix. There were restaurants offering pizza as Sicilia is very close, British phone booths, Marian figures everywhere and street signs with Arab sounding. In Malta there are two official languages, English and Maltese which makes Malta a great travel destination for English learning students. Thanks to this my experience was much better as communicating was easy. I´m sure that language students traveling to Valletta would love it thanks to the bilingual background of this country. Afterwards, we entered the Co Cathedral of Saint John. All that was painted inside was for someone as proof to enter the Order of the Knights of Malta. The whole cathedral is built for them and has eight chapels representing each of the languages ​​of the Order. They are the chapels of France, Provence, Italy, Germany and Aragon! It was really fascinating to see all this.

Exploring Malta

If you look on the ground there are many figures of skeletons and skulls. Beneath each of them is a buried knight. How noble! Finally we visited the Grand Masters Palace, the presidential palace where we saw the armor, a meeting room of the ambassadors of Malta and numerous paintings depicting the failed Ottoman invasion. This was our last stop and we were very tired but at the same time extremely excited to have lived such a marvelous day.

The three islands of Malta are in a strategic location in the Mediterranean. As a result they have been hotly contested and have been held by Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and the Order of Knights of Malta. At night after finishing with Valletta we went to the city of Vittoriosa in a small boat. For dinner we ate noodles with seafood accompanied by a Maltese Chardonnay Caravaggio in the restaurant overlooking the harbor RivieraDella Marina. Finally we took the last moments of the day with light to the Senglea Island Gardens near Vittoriosa where we caught the sunset. Everything was so amazing but there was still a long journey! What a fantastic day in Valletta!

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