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Monthly Archives: July 2015

MALTA: An Endless love

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Good Day. Buenos dias. Bonjour. Buongiorno

My name is Dominik and I’m a 32-year old soldier from Germany. To change my everyday life and the way to improve even my English, I decided on a language trip to Malta. As you will see later, one of the best decisions of my life.

Arrived on the small Mediterranean island, brought by organized transfer to the nearby apartment. Here I opened my roommate with a friendly “bonjour” the door and told me the same with the most important information: the WiFi password! After the first sniff, I explored on foot the surrounding area and fell in love immediately in the vibrant island. At no corner a touch of boredom, faces from around the world and sun hours, of which one elsewhere can only dream about. But as I do of course I was not only there for holidays so, I prepared myself a little before the placement test for the following day.

After I was assigned to a class, we started immediately with the language that was to accompany me the next four weeks: English. Lo and behold, after a few days it was natural for me to use the language of the island. In addition to the school desk, obviously preoccupied me my leisure. And that was terrific. My school offered me an offer that I was hardly able to refuse. Ranging from cultural activities, like a visit to the former capital of Malta, Mdina – where it quite incidentally have the best chocolate cake in the world – to a nightly boat trip, during which I was able to forget the everyday life for a few hours. However, in the very first week I had the highlight party excellence: Malta’s Isle of MTV. This year there were Jason Derulo and Martin Garrix the stars of the show. However, one of my personal highlights was the evening in the Cafe del Mar. Good drinks, perfect sound, and a breath-taking view from the infinity pool. Of course, the numerous beaches like Golden Bay, Mellieha Beach or the small but fine bays along the island cannot be forgotten. Here I often found the perfect evening, with good friends, a volleyball and a cold Cisk.

However, I will conclude by saying that the love for Malta, not only because of stunning parties or the family environment, which exemplifies the school. It was in me, sparked by the many perfect moments which I had within four weeks. They are my personal pictures in the mind, which cannot be found on my iPhone just as well  as Facebook, that remind me of Malta and can look back with a smile. J

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Events this August in Malta

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The month of August is one of the hottest months that Malta has to offer, but despite the immense heat, there is still a lot of buzz that goes on here. Thousands of tourists visit the islands of Malta every day, so we must do our very best to keep our fellow visitors entertained and happy. Sun, sea and sand are not always enough, so this is a brief sample of upcoming events this month. 😀

The village festaVillage Feast Church

Village feasts in Malta are a very traditional and meaning full experience. Being a catholic island Malta is a highly religious society. Although they run all year round, most are celebrated during the summer months with the most popular falling during the month of August. These feasts are the celebration towards the patron saint of that village. In these feasts one will find immensely decorated churches with streets and light decorations. Food and drink stalls at every corner and of course the spectacular firework display. Fireworks in Malta are very important as each village always tries to compete with its neighbouring village. Basically the louder and brighter, the better. The three most popular feats during the month of August are on the

  • 6th Thursday – Transfiguration of Our Lord, celebrated in Lija
  • 15th Saturday – The Assumption of Our Lady, celebrated in Mqabba, Qrendi, Mosta, Gudja, H’Attard, Ghaxaq, Birkirkara, Victoria (Gozo)
  • 30th Sunday – The feast of St Julian, celebrated in St. Julians’

 Delicata wine festival 06-09.08Delicata wine festival

The Delicata Classic Wine Festival, Malta’s greatest wine event is back for its 14th year, at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta on 6, 7, 8 and 9th August 2015, from 7.00pm until midnight. With free entrance one must simply purchase a wristband which will allow you to taste up to 20 different wines, including a wide range of award winning D.O.K. Malta and Gozo quality wine brands, all produced from a number of locally grown grapes varieties. There will also be a variety of different tasty food, all for your choosing and live entertainment for the whole family.

Bob Sinclair (café del mar) 09.08Bob Sinclar

That’s right, none other than Bob Sinclar. The man who put the groove back onto the dance floor, from the deep and soulful beats, or the near-obsession with reggae and dance hall that has filled his production work of late.

This fantastic party will be held at the outstanding and finest open-air seaside venue, Café del mar. With its stunning sunset views and its vibrant music scene this will make your stay to this Mediterranean gem one to remember.

 Creamfields 14.08creamfields '15

Yes ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again. The crazy and all out creamfields is here with an outstanding line up including some of the best world renowned DJs. This year’s creamfields will be held  at the MFCC, towards the centre of Malta. This arena can host up to 10, 000 people with previous guest DJ, David Guetta performing a super live  show.

This summer will certainly be one to remember as these outstanding DJs will certainly bring the house down. Definitely something to look forward to this summer!

 

 

Summer carnival (Bugibba) 22/23.08

summer carnival

Carnival floats push their way through the main streets of Bugibba and Qawra once again this summer as the Malta Summer Carnival returns to one of the island’s main tourism hotspots.

The summer carnival is a down scale version of the gigantic February Carnival. The Malta Summer Carnival aims to give tourists a taste of the Carnival tradition and culture in Malta, affording a glimpse of the burst of life and colour that is Carnival in Malta.

This will be held in the main square in Bugibba with a grand spectacle of floats, decorated maskaruni, dance companies, crafts exhibitions and it will also include the traditional ġostra.

 

 

 

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English Grammar – Third Conditional

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Let’s have a look at the form and meaning of the third conditional:

Form:

if + had + past participle + would have + (without ‘to’)

If

Past condition

Result

If

had + past participle

would have + infinitive (without ‘to’)

If

I had won the lottery,

I would have bought a car.

If

James had become rich,

she would have married him.

If

it had snowed last July,

would you have been surprised?

If

you had come in the summer,

you could have stayed with us.

If

you had come in the summer,

you might have even got your own room.

 

Result

if

Past condition

had + past participle

if

had + past participle

I would have bought a car

if

I had won the lottery.

She would have married him

if

he had become rich.

Would you have been surprised

if

it had snowed last July?

You could have stayed with us

if

you had come in the summer.

You might have even got your own room

if

you had come in the summer.

 

Note: Sometimes, we change would with should, could, or might.

 

Meaning:

We use the third conditional to express an impossible connection between one imaginary past event (if + had + past participle) and another imaginary result (would have + infinitive [without ‘to’]). This conditional is known as the ‘impossible’ conditional, because it is used to talk about ‘impossible’ hypothetical situations in the past. Therefore, we are using a past tense to speak about the past condition, and the would have + infinitive (without ‘to’) to speak about the result.

Use the following exercises to test yourself.

1.

If (I/work/harder at school/get/better grades)

Question 1 answer as example: If I had worked harder at school I would have got better grades.

2.

If (she/had/the time/go/to see him)

3.

If (we/buy/that house/had/to rebuild the kitchen)

4.

If (we/catch/the train earlier/get/there on time)

5.

If (I/see/him at the meeting/ask/him)

6.

If (she/pay/more attention in the class/understand/the lesson)


 

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English Grammar – “Should have” clauses

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This week, we are taking a look at “should have” clauses:

Criticisms and regrets

We use “should have” + past participle to speak about past situations for criticisms and regrets:

She should have resigned earlier.      (criticism)

His speech was a disaster. He shouldn’t have bothered coming.                  (criticism)

I should have started studying for my exams in January!      (regret)

We shouldn’t have taken this road.    (regret)

Spoken English

In spoken English, we normally use “should’ve” instead of the full “should have”.

I should’ve stayed at home.

He should’ve bought that car.

Now try to unscramble these sentences (remember to write the sentences exactly as you see them – the quiz is cap sensitive :) ):

Please go to English Grammar – “Should have” clauses to view this test

 

 

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Sliema Art Festival 2015

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This weekend we take you to the east coast of Malta to find the Sliema Art festival. A three day festival open to the public, where music & art come together to combine a weekend of pure relaxation and unique entertainment.

Combing Sliema’s crystal clear blue seas, beaches and picturesque promenade is it the ideal location for this featuring attracting many locals and foreigners alike.

This festival will consist of international & local urban/street artists and 5 areas of pure art, music & entertainment;

Area 1 – THE PROMENADE, Area 2 – MAIN STAGE – Independence Gardens, Area 3 – ROCK THE BEACH, Area 4 – SURFERS PARADISE, Chill out by day, Party by night, Area 5 – REGGAE PON DI BEACH

Over 30 of these artists, will be transforming Sliema’s unique promenade and gardens into a melting pot of art.

Moreover, some of Malta’s best event promoters will be collaborating together, including, JUULS Reggae Bar, Duncan F & Alex Thomson and No Sweat Productions (organiser of Rock The South Music Festival) where they will be creating an exceptional vibe for the hundreds of tourists and locals which flock to Sliema during the peak of this summer’s month of July.

A free event certainly not to be missed!

Check out the link below for some interesting pictures.

https://www.facebook.com/sliemartsfestival/photos_stream

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English Grammar – Continuous Aspect

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Let’s have a look at the continuous aspect:

Form

to be + -ing (present participle)

am playing

was watching

have been making

is getting

be working

Meaning

An aspect is the way something can be looked at or regarded. With verb forms, there are three aspects: simple, continuous, and perfect. This lesson focuses on the continuous aspect.

The continuous aspect looks at the action and its duration, rather than the result of the action. It suggests that the action has a temporary and limited duration.

It is rare for the continuous aspect to use verbs that describe feelings (hate, like, prefer, …), senses (hear, smell, see, …), or thoughts (believe, understand, think, …). We call these verbs “stative” or “state” verbs, because they speak about the state of a person or object.

Use the following exercises to test yourself.

1.       Is that the new computer game you ordered? _____________________ it?

you + enjoy

2.       At 9 o’clock tomorrow, I _____________________ on the train.

sit

3.       When I came home, he _____________________.

sleep

4.       I have to go! She _____________________ for me.

must + wait

5.       Rob _____________________ all day last week.

hike

6.       While she _____________________, Bill _____________________ on the computer.

read/ work

7.       In January, I _____________________ at my brother’s again.

live

8.       I _____________________ because I just fell off my bike!

cry

9.       How long _____________________ there before they fired him?

he + work

10.   What _____________________ since you graduated?

you + do

11.   Who _____________________ to when I saw you?

you + talk

12.   She _____________________ all morning, give her a break!

study

Key

  1. Are you enjoying
  2. was sitting
  3. was sleeping
  4. must be waiting
  5. was hiking
  6. was reading / was working
  7. will be living / ‘ll be living
  8. am crying / ‘m crying
  9. had he been working
  10. have you been doing
  11. were you talking
  12. has been studying / ‘s been studying

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Correct
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2)

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3)

Correct
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4)

Correct
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5)

Correct
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6)

Correct
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7)

Correct
Incorrect

8) 

Correct
Incorrect

9)

Correct
Incorrect

10)

Correct
Incorrect

11)

Correct
Incorrect

12)

Correct
Incorrect

 

 

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What’s happening this July in Malta?? A lot!

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Starting off this July is “Malta Music Week”, beginning on the 3rd of July with Dragonette, then on the 4th is Duke Dumont at the irresistible Cafe Del Mar, ending with the well renowned Isle of MTV on the 7th. There is also a Brazil festival which will be taking place in the same weekend with over 20 Brazilian drum players, live bands, fire shows and samba performances. And this is only the first weekend of the month.malta music week

July is full of surprises and events taking place every single week of the month, from parties to festivals to special events and boat parties and pool parties.

In the second week of July we have the Marsovin Wine Festival taking place from the 10th to the 12th of July. This is one of Malta’s leading wine festival, this year taking place in the spectacular Hastings Gardens in Valletta. Over 20 different wines to taste whilst enjoying live bands & entertainment with different food stalls to choose from. This is one of July’s most popular events.Marsovin wine fest

During mid-July is another yearly event, the Sliema Art Festival, falling on the 17th to the 19th. A festival all about the inspirational journey of arts, music and entertainment taking place on Sliema’s unique promenade & beaches. From live spray colouring and painting to live music sessions, such as Surfer’s Paradise, a tropical beach club concept where music, art and imagination combine to create a seaside paradise.sliema art festival

Another event coinciding with the Sliema Art festival is an event called Rock the Beach. A three day event from the 17th to the 19th. This is all about the feeling of good music and sound with 2 stages, DJs and live singers.rock the beach

 

Another festival is the Malta Jazz festival being held on the 16th to the 19th. In its 25th year this summer with a varied programme of events that will keep the jazz aficionado and layman enthralled. With star saxophonist Soweto Kinch from the UK who intertwines jazz with rap and bassist Richard Bona from Cameroon, who is well established himself in Paris and New York.malta jazz fest As you can see, you’re pretty much spoiled for choice with more than one event taking place over the weekend. With far smaller events taking place all over the island, Malta is definitely one of the hottest places to be this summer.

 

 

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