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Online Video Lessons #7 – Greetings, articles, magic and more

online English lessons with CELTA qualified teachers.
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Hello everyone! We have 5 great new videos this week including differences between UK and US English, and a lesson with a professional magician! You can also learn how to use English grammar articles, greet people and write formally and informally.

We love it when people like, share videos, and subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/maltalingua

Elementary: Greetings – English Functional Language Explanation

Watch all our elementary videos.

 

Pre-Intermediate: Greetings – English Functional Language Explanation

We have a lot more Pre-Intermediate level videos. You can watch them here.

 

Intermediate: Magic with Eddy – English Vocabulary Lesson

Do you want to watch more intermediate level videos? Then go to our playlist.

 

Upper-Intermediate: US vs UK – English Vocabulary Lesson

Watch all of our Upper Intermediate videos on YouTube.

 

Advanced: Writing Styles – English Vocabulary Explanation

We have a collection of advanced level videos that you can find in our playlist.

Have you got any questions or feedback for us? Leave a comment below!

 

 

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English Vocabulary – Participle Clauses

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Participle clauses:

Using a participle clause can increase your level of writing and speaking. Look at the following sentence:

Jim didn’t go out with his friends. He stayed at home and he read a book and he watched a football game.

Using participle clauses:

Jim didn’t go out with his friends. He stayed at home, reading a book and watching a football game.

A participle clause is made using –ed (past participle) or –ing (present participle). We can also use an adverb (a word that describes the verb). A participle clause can be found in different positions in a sentence.

Participle clauses with –ed:

We use –ed participles with passive verbs.

Sarah, commissioned to play the role of narrator, was the best thing that ever happened to the local theatre. (=who was commissioned to player the role of narrator)

I was working alongside two programmers employed by MicroTech. (=who were employed by MicroTech)

Participle clauses with –ing:

We use –ing participles with active verbs.

Teachers working at this school are the nicest you will ever meet. (=who are working at this school)

Life isn’t easy for people earning the minimum wage. (=who are earning the minimum wage)

Participle clauses with adverbs:

We can use an adverb before the beginning of a clause to slightly change the meaning of the verb.

Example adverbs: always, sometimes, formerly, normally, rarely, casually, firstly, hardly, etc…

Rhinos, normally thought of as docile animals, can be very fierce if they are provoked.

Anne, formerly known as the Pageant Queen, has just graduated from college.

 

Try the following quiz to see how much you remember:

1) People (live) in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

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2) Photos (change) to make people look thinner are dishonest.

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3) A magazine (feature) a brand new method of weight-loss is coming out next month.

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4) James, (rarely arrive) on time, was the first person at the restaurant.

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5) Celebrities (register) at a hotel under their real name is rare.

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6) John and Jill, (marry) last month, are already divorced.

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7) I bought two photographs (sign) by Ronaldo.

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8) The weather was fine for the couple (wear) long coats.

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9) The company, (buy) by James Charleston, is now doing very well.

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10) Peter, (casually kick) the ball, finally scored the winning goal.

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Winner of Maltalingua Smarties Competition!

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Maltalingua TeachersFinally, we have a winner of our Maltalingua Smarties Competition!

It was a tough competition although the rules were very simple; guess how many smarties are in the jar.
We had around 500 participants from all over the world who were eager to win the fantastic prize of a language learning journey! Many entries came to us that were pretty close to the actual total of 15376 smarties; that’s a whole lot of chocolate!

Johana from Caracas in Venezuela won a two week English course, inclusive of accommodation as she guessed closest to the right amount of smarties in the jar; Johana’s lucky guess was 15543.

She is 29 years old and currently studies public accounting at the University of Venezuela. She loves numbers and calculations as well as the beautiful landscape and charming surroundings in which she lives. Johana likes to go to the beach, listen to music and to read.

She is very happy about her prize and can’t wait to start the English course as she received super- positive comments from friends who have previously Johana from Venezuela attended it and she is inspired by pictures of the beautiful island.  Next to that, Johana is very interested in the cultural diversity and looking forward to the enjoyable climate which is luckily the same as in Venezuela.
Back home she did some research on where is best to learn English and it turned out that she favored the small Mediterranean island not only because of the holiday atmosphere there, but also as it offers value for money compared to English courses in the native speaking countries such as England for example. Finally, Johana said, she is looking forward to improve her English enough to  be able to stop using google translate – especially as she needed to use the site when she was informed by Maltalingua that she won the competition 😉

We are looking forward to welcome Johana at our school and hope she will have an unforgettable two weeks here in Malta.

See you soon :)

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***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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Malte in Malta – Malta vs. Bulgaria football match

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Thanks to our student Malte for writing this nice post :-)

Today, Wolfgang and I went to the national football stadium of Malta. We saw the game Malta against Bulgaria. When we went by bus to the stadium we didn’t see that many people. First when we were standing in front of the stadium we saw a big group of people. The stadium was very modern and I was very surprised by this. After a little bit of trouble with the tickets (the scanner didn’t accept my ticket) we got into the stadium.

At first, as good german guys, we bought ourselves beer and pizza. Then looking for our seats, was a little adventure, because the seats had no number. After we sad down, we looked around and we didn’t see many people. We were surprised because we thought Malta was a football loving country. When the game started, we thought there was about 3.500 people in the stadium, which was crazy because there were seats for 17.797 people.

We had a good mix of Maltese and Bulgarian fans. 9 minutes later the Bulgarian scored the first goal. The Maltese gave it their all, but they were not better than the Bulgarians. I enjoyed watching the Maltese team so much, that I bought an official Maltese jersey during halftime. In minute 59 of the game, the Maltese defence made a lot of mistakes and the Bulgarians scored their second goal very easily.

The last 20 minutes of the game only Malta was in the offence and in the 78th minute they scored the equalising goal. The game ended and Bulgaria win 2:1, Malta played better than Bulgaria, but with 2 shots that hit the post and 2 very close headers over the goal, but they had bad luck.

I’am glad that I saw this game and want to see another game soon.

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It’s official: Maltalingua English Language School is a Quality School!

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We are delighted to announce that Maltalingua has been awarded the LanguageBookings Quality School Award 2013.

The award is recognition of the emphasis we place on quality English teaching combined with the pleasant atmosphere of our school and the care and attention we pay to our students as well as our efforts to make learning English affordable. The Quality School Award is given to language schools with high appeal for international students with an unbroken record Quality School Award for Maltalinguaof best value for money and competition was fierce – Maltalingua earned this recognition in comparison to hundreds of schools. The award confirms that Maltalingua has achieved high quality standards in its range of language courses.

Whilst we are thrilled to make this announcement, this recognition does not mean that we will get complacent – here at Maltalingua we constantly strive to make our language courses the best, our students the happiest and our prices extremely competitive and winning this award does not change that.

So what other reasons do you need to learn English with us in Malta? Our award winning language school is waiting to welcome you!!

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Maltalingua Junior Easter Programme – A Review

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A report from your lovely group leader Nina:

What did I know about Malta before I got there? Not much! Nevertheless, after departing Munich Airport and while sitting in the plane several thoughts crossed my mind: what will the time over there be like, what about the kids?! What does working under the sun actually mean? Now I can say even though working as a group leader for a language school can be stressful at times, it is a lot of fun! So, here is a summary of the exciting and memorable two weeks which we had with the juniors.

On our first day in Malta we explored the north of this beautiful island. Although the weather was a bit rough and we were nearly blown away, we still got off the bus at Golden Bay and spent some time on the sandy beach – we even had a free skin exfoliation. After dinner we had our welcome party in the indoor pool area. Relaxing by the pool and playing water basketball helped us to get to know each other very quickly as we enjoyed our first evening away from home.

The next day we were taken to the capital city – Valletta. We had a great experience watching the Malta 5D show in the modern theatre. Afterwards, we enjoyed a thrilling treasure hunt in Valletta – with some stops at different shops where everyone could find their very own treasures.

On Wednesday evening we had the chance to go kart racing in Ta Qali in the heart of Malta. After the qualifying rounds we contested a thrilling competitive race. Surprisingly – and much to his brother’s annoyance – one of our youngest students won!

The next day we visited Popeye Village. After a brief introduction we changed into costume and made our own Popeye movie. The highlight of this day however, was our evening activity – the boat party. From the most popular harbour of Sliema we departed for Saint Pauls Bay and had soft drinks and Maltese ftira in the middle of the sea. We danced and had a lot of fun until it was time to head back.

Our destination on Saturday was Mdina. After visiting the Mdina Dungeons we took a walk through the narrow streets of the ‘silent city’. Finally we were rewarded with a stunning view over Malta and cake at Fontanella.

Nina in Malta On our full day trip we took a boat to the small island of Comino. We marvelled at the famous blue lagoon which has the most crystal clear water you can find.

On sunny Sunday we packed our swimming trunks once again and did an excursion to Golden Bay – a whole day full of sunbathing, beach volleyball, beach soccer and for those who dared (and were forced) also swimming. In the evening we sat back, got comfy and ended the evening on a cozy note with a good English movie.

During our bowling session on Monday afternoon we tried to bowl strikes and  spares and plenty of pins were knocked down. After our sporting achievements we deserved the pizza party at Pizza Hut and thoroughly enjoyed our well-earned pizzas, soft drinks and ice cream.

We headed to Bugibba  to take part in Malta’s first underwater safari of 2013. We were able to see what lies beneath the sea and this was truly amazing. From the observation keel we caught breath-taking underwater sights like fish darting in and out of crevices and floating jellyfish.

The very next day we continued with another sporting activity in a stunning setting – the always funny and traditional game of mini golf. In teams of 4 we tried to conquer the 18 holes in as few strokes as possible. We spent the entire Thursday afternoon at Tigne Point, a big shopping mall in Sliema where we were able to get rid of all our pocket money.

In the evening we could choose to either visit Bugibba by night, or enjoy a relaxable and social evening by playing computer games, table tennis and pool.  

Sadly, all good things must come to an end and the final day had arrived. We had to pack our suitcases all too soon. After relaxing in Kennedy Grove Park we were ready for our farewell party. Thunderous applause completed the picture show of the holiday and Rosi’s piano performance. We danced to the beats of DJ Malte and friends far into the night and our bar staff Navid and Bernd provided us with tasty cocktails.  Our great evening had come to an end far too soon and we had to say goodbye to our new friends and to Malta.

These were without doubt two amazing weeks! Thanks to all the kids and staff of the school! You made this time so special and memorable.

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May Events in Malta

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An English course at Maltalingua wouldn’t be complete without taking some time to explore the culture and nightlife of the island further. There is always something going on in Malta and May is no different! So here’s a summary of some of the island’s highlights to keep you occupied outside of your course.

Music
The third edition of the much anticipated Beland Music Festival takes place between the 10th and 17th May this year. This is a free event showcasing some of Malta’s finest musicians so a perfect opportunity to experience Maltese culture firsthand. If you prefer British music, the Maria Mater Gratiae concert band are performing a wide range of genres in their ‘Rule, Britannia’ event on 12th May at Ħaż-Żabbar.

Jewellery Exhibition open until 26th May
The beautiful, historic  in the island’s capital Valletta plays host to a collection of spectacular – and seldom seen in public – pieces of jewellery loaned from Maltese private and church collections. The exhibition started in March but you still have until the 26th May to enjoy these pieces.


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If you’re looking for something a little more light-hearted, the Malta Amateur Dramatic Club is performing ‘Secret Bridesmaids Business’ at the St James Cavalier in Valletta. The play is a comedy and centres around a bride the night before her wedding day and the escapades of her bridesmaids who must decide whether to tell her about her less-than-perfect husband. More comedy can be found at Eden Comedy’s 6th Stand Up Comedy Night on the 24th May at Eden Cinemas featuring top comedians from around the globe.

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Malta, Summer 2013 – MTV are in, are you?

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How would you feel about joining 50,000 music lovers on the sun-kissed island of Malta this summer? What about watching some of the world’s top music acts performing live in the iconic Il Fosos Square in Valletta? Now, how about if we told you that you could do all of this for FREE at the Isle of MTV Festival this year?

Interested? Read on…

The Isle of MTV Festival has been running successfully on the island of Malta for the last six years and has featured acts such as Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga, will.i.am and David Guetta and 2013 is promising even more top acts, star performances and an incredible atmosphere! MTV’s flagship summer event this year takes place on 26th June – perfect for those who wish to combine their experience of live festival music with a little sun worship!
Why not also combine your visit with a language course at Maltalingua? Our school has recently been modernised and offers a free internet studio, self study room and book lending library making learning English with us the perfect complement to the festival experience and the sun, sea and sand which Malta offers in abundance. Added to that is the fact that our school is a stone’s throw away from Malta’s liveliest night spots so your commute from the classroom to the dance floor couldn’t be easier!

With no fewer than seven low-cost airlines waiting to bring you to this beautiful island, an opportunity to see some of the world’s top acts performing LIVE and the chance to learn English in magnificent surroundings, what are you waiting for? Book your ticket NOW!

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