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Monthly Archives: May 2015

English Grammar – Useful expressions – Giving directions

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Go straight on

Take the second right

   

Turn right into East Street

Go past the shop

   

It’s on the right

Turn left into West Street

   

It’s on the left

Go down South Street until the end

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Choose the correct direction to get from Forrest Road to St. Leonard’s Street.

You are at the beginning of Forrest Road.

1. ______________ Forrest Road.

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2. ______________ Bristo Place.

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3. ______________ Forrest Road until the end.

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4. ______________ into Lauriston Place (think about where you are looking!).

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5. ______________ and ______________ into Potterrow.

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6. ______________ until you arrive at E Crosscauseway. It’s the second left.

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7. ______________ until the end.

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You are at St. Leonard’s Street.

 

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Guided tour of The Three Cities

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Our recommendation of the week this week was a visit to Malta’s Three Cities. The Three Cities offer an intriguing insight into Malta and its history. Left largely untouched, these cities are a slice of authentic life as well as a glimpse into Malta’s colourful history.

The Three Cities, namely Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua, have provided a home and fortress to almost every nationality whom decided to settle on the Islands throughout history. 

We started off our guided tour with a visit to the first city, Senglea. Our tour guide explained to us the history behind this city and the fact that it was first fortified in 1551 by Grand Master Claude de la Sengle wherein we get the name of the city – Senglea.

After, we walked over to the second and my personal favourite city in Malta, Vittoriosa – also known as Il-Birgu. Some say this city is often referred to as ‘the cradle of Maltese history’. 

Unfortunately we were strapped for time so we decide to settle in and take in the scenes in Vittoriosa at one of the many beautiful waterfront restaurants for an ice cream and a drink.

These cities truly are the pinnacle of beauty.

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Useful expressions – Business idioms

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In English you will come across lots of idioms that can be related to business situations;

  • Put your foot in it – make a big mistake
  • Fired – lose your job
  • On that ball – clever person, knows what’s going on
  • Give you a piece of my mind – talk to you very directly
  • Pass the buck – pass responsibility to other people
  • Track record – Experience
  • Success goes to your head – begin to have too important an opinion of yourself
  • Play your cards right – make the right decisions
  • Lose your touch – make mistakes
  • Up to your eyes in work – too many things to do
  • Put you in the picture – tell you what is going on
  • Good nose for a sale – natural salesman

Put the following sentences in numerical order. For example Question 4 > Answer is 1.

1) Nobody put him in the picture any more. By the end of the year, he was fired.

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2) He was always up to his eyes in work, so he started trying to pass the buck.

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3) He had a good nose for a sale, and he would usually play his cards.          

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4) Pedro Brown was on the ball. He had a very excellent track record.

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5) Eventually, he put his foot in it. The boss called him in and gave him a piece of his mind.

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6) Sadly, the success went to his head and he began losing his touch.

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English Vocabulary – Feelings

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Read the following paragraphs and match them up to the correct pictures:

  1. In the beginning, I was really anxious. I’d never been before, and I think that animals can sense it when you’re worried and nervous. It was OK when we were just walking, but then we started to canter. I thought I wouldn’t like it, but I was actually thrilled! The wind in my face, the ground moving quickly beneath me. It was great! When it finished, I felt extremely relieved, but I would definitely go again.
  2. He should never have started working on it. I think he was trying to impress me because it was our first date, but he told me later that it was the first time he’d tried to change one. He said that he didn’t want to mention it earlier because he didn’t want me to feel anxious or worried. At first I was fascinated to watch, because I’d never learnt how to do it either, but after two hours I started to feel a bit frustrated. I suggested that we call the repair company, but he told me that it was his car, which made me feel very awkward. In the end, I called a taxi. I got home at one o’clock and I was totally exhausted.

 

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Answer:

Paragraph 1 -> Picture 2

Paragraph 2 -> Picture 1

Now look at the word in bold. These words are used to describe how a person feels.

Read the following definitions for the words and see if you agree with them.

anxious

To feel uneasy and mentally distressed

awkward

To feel embarrassed about a social situation

exhausted

To feel tired and without energy

fascinated

To feel very curious about or interested in something

frustrated

To feel disappointed that something happened the way it happened

nervous

To feel apprehensive

relieved

To feel free from fear, pain, or anxiety

thrilled

To feel excited or emotional

worried

To feel concerned and uncomfortable about a situation

 

Now read the text again and try to remember the correct word to use.

  1. In the beginning, I was really (1). I’d never been before, and I think that animals can sense it when you’re (2) and (3). It was OK when we were just walking, but then we started to canter. I thought I wouldn’t like it, but I was actually (4)! The wind in my face, the ground moving quickly beneath me. It was great! When it finished, I felt extremely (5), but I would definitely go again.
  2. He should never have started working on it. I think he was trying to impress me because it was our first date, but he told me later that it was the first time he’d tried to change one. He said that he didn’t want to mention it earlier because he didn’t want me to feel (6) or (7). At first I was (8) to watch, because I’d never learnt how to do it either, but after two hours I started to feel a bit (9). I suggested that we call the repair company, but he told me that it was his car, which made me feel very (10). In the end, I called a taxi. I got home at one o’clock and I was totally (11).

1) anxious

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2) __________

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3) __________

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4) __________

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5. __________

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6) __________

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7) __________

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8) __________

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9) __________

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10) __________

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11) __________

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