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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Historical sites in Malta

Malta
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Finally spring has arrived over the islands of Malta and Gozo. As the beautiful Mediterranean sun warms our islands and the clouds and rain whisper away, it is now the ideal time to spend your days discovering the islands of Malta. Malta and Gozo are full of history, from ancient temples to medieval churches.

Once a week together with our students, we leave the sanctuary of St.Julians and head out to a historical site around Malta, be it a UNESCO world heritage site, like Valletta or even magnificent buildings.  Students may even opt to visit some of these places by them selves in their own free time. Here is your chance to witness some of these sites together with Maltalingua.

These are our top sites.

Valletta

 The City of Valletta was officially recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980. World War II left major scars on the city; particularly the  demolition of The Royal Opera House, which is now used as an open air theatre. Valletta also houses many museums, historical fortifications and war  rooms.

 

Mdina

 Mdina, “the silent city” is probably the oldest city in Malta, with evidence of settlements going back to over 4000BC. Mdina is another UNESCO world  heritage site, definitely worth visiting if given the opportunity. It is a city that is fortified within its walls that used to protect it from oncoming enemies  with many years of history within them. Museums, dungeons and the St.Paul’s Cathedral can all be found within Mdina.

 

The Three Cities,

 The Three Cities is a collective description of the three fortified cities of Cospicua (Bormla), Vittoriosa (Birgu), and Senglea (Isla) on the Island of Malta.  These three cities are located just across the Grand Harbour of Valletta. Each of these cities host many unique buildings dating back hundreds of years  ago, including war shelters and museums.

 

Hagar Qim Temples,

 The Megalithic Temples of Malta are among the most ancient religious sites on Earth, described by the World Heritage Sites committee as “unique  architectural masterpieces”. In 1992 UNESCO recognized Ħaġar Qim and four other Maltese megalithic structures as World Heritage Sites.

 

The Hypogeum,  

 The Hypogeum, literally meaning “underground” in Greek is thought to have been originally a sanctuary where in fact the remains of more than 7,000  individuals have been found here. This is definitely worth visiting as it is the only known prehistoric underground temple in the world!

 

Ggantija Temples,

 These mega temples, are one of the oldest pre-historic buildings in the world dating back over 5000 years, even older than the Pyramids of Egypt and  Stone Henge. These mega temples are super impressive especially when one imagines that these huge rocks where built by men, said to have been God  like men.

 

Cittadella (Gozo),

 The Cittadella, also known as the Citadel, is a small fortified city which lies in the heart of Victoria on the island of Gozo. The area has been inhabited  since the Bronze Age, and in the Medieval era it was known as the Gran Castello. The Cittadella has been on Malta’s tentative list of UNESCO World  Heritage Sites since 1998.

 

San Anton Gardens,

 San Anton Palace is a palace located in Attard and is the official residence of the President of Malta. This was once the private estate of the Knight  Antoine de Paule where he planned the villa on generous proportions so as to provide accommodation for his guests and domestic staff. This Palace is  well known for its lush gardens year round.

 

The Mosta Dome,

 This dome is famous for two things. Firstly the fact that it is the third largest unsupported dome in Europe and secondly for the fact that during the  second world war, a bomb was dropt on the church, but it did not detonate. This bomb can be found on display at the church.

 

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English Grammar – Relative clauses and relative pronouns

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Relative clauses:

We use a relative clause to give more information about a noun (John, he, it, etc…) or a noun phrase (the dog, my friend, a person, etc…) in an EXTRA clause. This is to avoid repeating the noun or noun phrase.

Example:

  1. Tim has a dog. The dog / It is very fat.
    -> Tim has a dog that is very fat.
  2. Sarah went to Peru. Peru / It is very beautiful in winter.
    -> Sarah went to Peru, which is very beautiful in winter.
  3. I told a friend. My friend is an architect.
    -> I told my friend who is an architect.
  4. She’s one woman. They all admire her.
    -> She’s one woman whom all admire.

Relative pronouns:

Who

·         Used to talk about people

·         Used as the subject of a relative clause

·         Used as the objective of a relative clause in informal situations

Whom

·         Used to talk about people

·         Used as the object of a relative clause

·         Used in formal situations

Which

·         Used to talk about things or animals

·         Used in formal situations

·         Used for group nouns

That

·         Used to talk about things or animals

·         Sometimes used in informal situations for people instead of who/whom

·         Used for group nouns

Try the following quiz to see how much you remember

1. I have a close friend ______________ used to be an architect. Now he’s a building-consultant.

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2. My group of friends, ______________ I’ve known for ages, pooled in to buy me a new car.

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3. The castle ______________ overlooks this village is said to be haunted by a ghostly goat.

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4. The CEO, ______________ started in this company as a floor receptionist, now earns over £1 million a year.

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5. He was banned from the tennis court, ______________ meant that he had a lot more time on his hands.

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6. One day I came home to find my house burgled, at ______________ point I decided to buy a dog.

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7. I love leather items. Even my diary, ______________ I write in every day, is leather-bound.

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8. The director ______________ you haven’t met yet is Mr. Daniels.

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A Taste of Malta

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Last night’s dinner activity was organized in an old style Maltese farmhouse restaurant, known as Razzett L-Antik, (old farm). The owners of this restaurant have managed to transform this old place into a traditional farmhouse, where traditional Maltese food is served. It was a really great experience for us all with certainly great value for your money, as the meal included a full on, all you can eat three course meal including drinks and wine :). The service was also spectacular where at the end of the dinner there is also a show where ladies dressed in traditional costume dance to folkloric music, and I must confess that my students very encouragingly made me get up to dance with one of the young ladies. Why not I guess, certainly made everyone laugh :). And how can I forget the two older gentlemen playing old traditional songs on their guitars who spent a good 15 minutes next to our table, good fun in all.

It is certainly a one off experience where our students got to taste Maltese typical food and also witness a bit of Maltese traditional dancing and singing.

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Thank you Reka :)

Reka
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Every once in a while,  we meet a student who stands out from the crowd. Such students tend to shine either by being funny and making everyone laugh or simply because they are so humble and kind-hearted. An example of the latter is Reka Soti, a young lady who was one of Maltalingua’s recent students. She was with us for four weeks and everyday she wrote a little story about her adventures at Maltalingua. Below is a link to her interesting blog about her stay in Malta and everything she managed to do and didn’t do, and all the good and bad things that happened throughout her stay here. 

Thank you Reka, you are a student that Maltalingua will never forget and we are all very glad to have had you as one of our students and it would be great to see you again. :)

http://2weeksmalta.blogspot.de/2015/03/the-last-one-for-julian.html

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