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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Here’s what went on in Maltalingua this week.

Valletta Tour
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This week in Maltalingua on Tuesday the 16th we took the students out to the capital of Malta, Valletta.  The weather this week was very humid and cloudy so we took this opportunity to walk from our school to the Sliema ferries where we would catch a small ferry that would take us from Sliema to the Marsamxett harbour in Valletta. With the shade given by the clouds the walk was pleasant and relaxing and arrived at the ferry well before our 4 o clock trip.

The ferry only takes around 8 minutes and as we disembarked we made our way to the Malts 5D. A 20 minute show in 5D entertainment that goes through the history of Malta, all the way from the time of our temples to the time of the Second World War. This is definitely a must do for any tourist who visits our islands. After this we took a very relaxed walk through Valletta stopping at the President’s Palace, the upper gardens which reveal the beautiful view of the grand harbour and also snapping a few pictures along the way. We then had some spare time for shopping where shortly after we made our way back to Marsamxett and caught the ferry back.

With the weather still very humid and very hot we organised a beach trip to Gnejna Beach in the north west of Malta on the following Thursday. A very small isolated beach tucked away by the surrounding valleys and cliffs. The group was a very close and bubbly group and on our way there everyone was laughing for one reason or another, brining smiles all around. As we arrived the students took a glimpse around them, then made their way down to the beach. Some simply laid down their beach towel and relaxed, others jumped straight into the sea whilst me and some guys inevitably Italian kicked around the ball for a couple of minutes. After being covered in sand, we then joined the others who had found a shallow reef where we laid down or pushed each other off 😀

In all another really good week here at Maltalingua, with great students from all over Europe and also Africa, it’s simply just great to spend all this time together and capture these memorable moments with Maltalingua.

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The Three Cities Tour Malta – Birgu, Bormla and Isla

Three cities tour
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Now that September has begun the temperature has finally dropped slightly, with cool breezy winds sweeping over the islands. We took this opportunity to visit the three cities situated opposite Valletta as in the summer months it is too hot.

With a good turnout of 48 students we all met up at our usual meeting point and with our bus already waiting for us we jumped in and hit the road. Mariella, our licensed tour guide, started off by introducing herself for those students who didn’t know her yet and gave some information about where we were going. She also got the students involved by asking simple questions about Malta and its history.

The three cities being Birgu, Bormla and Isla are situated just across the harbour of Valletta, so 20 minutes later we arrived at our destination. We stopped just outside the entrance of the Birgu waterfront situated next to the Freedom monument just outside the church. Mariella explained that this monument was made for the memorial of when the last of the British troops and Royal Navy left Malta in 1979.

We walked through the narrow streets whilst Mariella continuously talked about different subjects, such as churches, boulders and even signs in the walls made during the second world war. We walked from city to city, as each are touching each other so makes it fairly easy getting across. Stopping for a quick ice-cream and a dink, we then walked over the new bridge which we used to get across from one side of Bormla to another.

With just a few minutes to spare we walked across to Isla where we finished our walk with a spectacular view of the grand harbour in Valletta and also the enormous yachts that stop over in Malta on their voyages, such as the Maltese Falcon. (see the picture below 😉 )

 

 

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What to do in Malta: Events in September

Malta September
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September is a time of change here in Malta. The weather is generally cooler than in July/August and Malta becomes and much quieter and relaxed place to be.  Here are some of the things that you can do in the month of September in Malta.

Culture/History

RegattaVictory Day, September 8th

The 8th of September is a very special holiday in Malta, as on this day we celebrate the birth of the holy Virgin Mary and the day that the great siege against the Turks was won in 1565. The festivals are celebrated in different villages around Malta and Gozo, where food stalls and fireworks are part of the entertainment. There is also a traditional race that takes place in the Grand Harbour between six teams of rowing regattas, (each team representing a different village), a huge spectacle!

Independence Day, September 21st Independence Day

This is one of the most important days in the Maltese history. In 1964 Malta celebrated its independence as a country from the rule of Great Britain. This year it is said that the Duchess Kate Middleton is scheduled to fly to Malta for her first official solo trip to represent Queen Elizabeth.  She will be meeting the Maltese president at the San Anton Garden located in Attard. This will be the 50th anniversary of Malta’s independence from Britain. Since then, many festivities and activities take place on every 21 September, to properly celebrate this day.

Music/Festivities

Don’t worry September is not just about historical events. This September Malta will be hosting parties such as that of Heaven on Earth from the 4th till the 8th, Boys Noize on the 7th and Rockestra on the 27th. These are just some of the upcoming events.

Qormi wine festival

We also host our yearly attractions such as the Qormi Wine Festival on the 5th and 6th which takes place in the traditional town of Qormi for the tenth year running and the well-known Malta International Airshow, which attracts thousands of people every year.malta air show

 

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Pronunciation Lessons at Maltalingua

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Fun with Phonetics!

As part of the complete learning experience offered by Maltalingua, students are given the opportunity to participate in a free, pronunciation-based lesson every other Wednesday. A pronunciation lesson focuses on increasing the verbal reception and comprehension abilities of our learners in a fun, stress-free environment.

This week’s pronunciation lesson was an introduction to phonetics. The phonetic table is a finite group of symbols that represent the sounds we use to produce words and sentences in every language. Acquiring the ability to read and identify these symbols is a useful tool in a student’s journey towards mastering a new language.

Using a multitude of activities; these drew upon students’ knowledge of colours, everyday objects, and verbs, thus the students were taught the basics of phonetic symbols. They were also encouraged to research more into phonetic symbols and given helpful guidelines to enhance their personal skills and knowledge.

 

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