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8 Best Events in Malta – Summer 2017

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Summer is a fantastic time to be in Malta. The sea is warm, the sun shining and the islands have a really exciting energy, but one of our favourite things about summer is all the excellent events in Malta. Whatever your interests, there is sure to be an event or two that is a great fit for you.

We’ve compiled a list of our top 8 events for July and August 2017. These will give you a good idea of what the islands have to offer this summer. 

The Marsovin Summer Wine Festival – Hastings Garden, Valletta – 7 to 9 July, 8pm to 1am

Listen to some great live music and try some of Malta’s finest wines in a beautiful location. Held in Hastings Gardens, a scenic park perched on top of Valletta’s fortress walls, the event has very special atmosphere and is one of the highlights of Malta’s social calendar.

Masrsovin Summer Wine Festival

 

Malta International Food Festival 2017 – Mdina – 21 to 23 July

The Malta International Food festival isn’t just an excuse to eat delicious foods from around the world. It’s also a great opportunity to improve your cooking skills and listen to some quality live music. Over the course of the weekend there will be many live cooking demonstrations. The event is held in the beautifully refurbished Mdina ditch, right next to the walls of the famous ‘Silent City’.

Malta International Food Festival

 

Feast of St Julian – St Julians – 25 to 27 August

The Feast of St Julian certainly has one of the best atmospheres of all the festas in Malta. Tourists and locals party side–by–side and celebrate around the streets of St Julians at the height of summer. Over the course of several days there are fireworks displays, marching bands being showered with shredded paper and even a competition where people try to run up a greased pole – most of whom fall into the sea.

Fest of St Julians grease pole

 

The Farsons Great Beer Festival – National Park, Ta’Qali – 28 July to 6 August

This 10–day long celebration of music and beer has been a summer highlight in Malta for 36 years. An exciting lineup of live music and an equally exciting beer menu keeps fans coming back for more.

Farsons Beer Festival Malta 2017

 

Unite with Tomorrowland – Marsa Sports Grounds – 29 July

Tomorrowland, EDM’s biggest and boldest festival is coming to Malta for the first time this summer. DJ Snake, DVBBS and Laidback Luke have all been announced with more to follow. It’s recommended to book early as tickets are likely to sell out fast.

Tomorrowland Malta

 

Fatboy Slim at Cafe Del Mar – 30 July

DJ and producer extrordinaire Fatboy Slim will be taking over Malta’s most famous venue for a night of banging tunes and outragous mixes. Watch the sunset and enjoy listening to a master at work.

Fatboy Slim at Cafe Del Mar Malta

 

La Belle Musique Malta – 5 August

Starting from nothing in 2013, their mixes have attracted over 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube. La Belle Musique is perfect for those of you who prefer a more chilled out electronic music festival with a very positive vibe.

la belle musique malta

 

Feast of Saint Mary Fireworks – Mqabba – 14 August, 9:30pm to Midnight

The Feast of Saint Mary is celebrated all over Malta, but the most popular event is the fireworks display in the little southern town of Mqabba. Malta has a great tradition of creating top–class fireworks. Many small factories compete to put on the best displays. Two of the most respected companies are based in Mqabba so this Festa always has an extra special fireworks extravaganza.

Fireworks at Mqabba

 

You can read about our favourite events for the whole of 2017 on the Malta Events 2017 page of our main website.

If you’d like to do an English course and join us at some of these great events why not get a quick, no obligation quote?

Which events are you most interested in? Are there any others you’d like to go to? Leave a comment and let us know.

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Merry Christmas from Maltalingua

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We might not get any snow in Malta, but people here certainly now how to enjoy the holiday season. All the towns and villages are covered in Christmas lights and there’s a real feeling of festive cheer across the islands.

Last week we had our annual Maltalingua School of English Christmas party. Lots of the staff, teachers and English language students joined in the fun and a good time was had by all. We had our staff party that evening and it got a little bit wild in the best possible way. There was even an epic dance battle between Jonathan and Katrin, and Brian and Toni!

The staff here at Maltalingua would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful New Year!

We would also like to say thank you to everyone who helped make 2016 such a great year at Maltalingua. That’s why we made a little video slideshow of out favourite memories from 2016. The staff, teachers, students, host families, agents and all really helped to make 2016 our best year yet!

Here’s hoping that we can make 2017 even better!

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Happy Halloweens at Maltalingua

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At Maltalingua Halloween is a great time of year. Our team certainly aren’t shy and really enjoy dressing up in some crazy costumes.

We love to have some spooky fun, doing things like carving pumpkins and going to fancy dress parties. Check out the photos!

Last year we made this short video of students and staff trying to say a fiendishly difficult Halloween themed tongue twister: 

 

If you want to try it yourself, here’s it is:

Which wicked witch wished which wicked wish.

Here are another two you could try:

Ghoulish goblins and gargoyles going golfing.

Special spiders slowly spin slick slimy webs.

We’re looking forward to another super spooky weekend of Halloween fun this year. We might even challenge our students to try another wicked tongue twister :)

If you’re thinking about joining us this Halloween, why not get a quick quote?

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Malta Carnival 2016 – What’s on

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With January nearly over, February is just around the corner. This winter the islands of Malta have been blessed with lots of sun and very little bad weather. This is great for outdoor activities such as trekking, Gozo day tours, historical culture trips and more. However, the biggest event this coming month is without a doubt the Malta CARNIVAL 2016.

 This year carnival will start on the first weekend of the month, when the biggest celebrations are held. Carnival is the time when everyone joins in the fun, dresses up in costumes, joins the parties and dances in the street. Carnival in Malta is a 5-day celebration that has been traditional for centuries, since the time of the Knights of the Order of St John.

An old black and white photo of a carnival float in Valletta

Carnival in Valletta many years ago.

 

Valletta

Traditionally, Carnival is celebrated in Valletta, the capital city of Malta. Children and adult dress up in beautiful colourful costumes and spend their time watching huge floats passing by in Valletta and Floriana. The Maltese Carnival is said to resemble the Rio carnival. An explosion of colour fills the streets, masks hide people’s faces and music fills the air…

A very colourful float in Valletta.

During Carnival Valletta is full of colour.

 

Gozo

If the celebrations in Valletta sound a bit too family friendly for your tastes then Gozo may be the place for you. Over the past few years the village of Nadur has gained a reputation for hosting a darker and more hedonistic carnival celebration. If you fancy a crazy weekend with plenty of wild parties you now know where to go.

A frightening Carnival float in Gozo.

Carnival in Gozo has a darker feel.

This February, Malta is the place to be Carnival will run from Friday the 5th till Wednesday the 10th. Don’t forget your mask!

If you’ve got any questions about Carnival in Malta just ask in the comments below.

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Quad biking on the island of Gozo

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Waking up at 8 o’clock is never easy, especially on a Saturday. However, last Saturday it had to be done. Shortly after my early rise I was walking towards our meeting point with a fresh baguette in one hand and a coffee in the other.  The students greeted me with a very faint “good morning”.  As I said, it’s never easy in the morning.  Our promised transport was bang on time, we jumped in the van and off we went. After leaving St. Julian’s we made our way to the very north of Malta, to a harbour called Cirkewwa, where we caught the ferry to Malta’s sister island Gozo.

We couldn’t have asked for better weather that day; sunshine, light clouds and a gentle breeze made the temperature just so.  Arriving in Gozo harbour we were greeted by a man who drove us to the quad bike office. After filling in some paper work and being taught how to drive the quads, we hopped on and set off for what would be a fantastic day.

For many of the students it was their first time driving a quad. It was mine too. The feeling is totally awesome! You have a sense of freedom like driving a motor bike, but also some of the safety of a car.

Gozo is a beautiful little island. Shortly after leaving we descended into a steep valley where we stopped at different intervals to smell some unique Maltese plants or to see a very old chapel in the middle of an abandoned road. 

Coming out of the valley we made our way to the very top of Ramla Bay where we stopped for a while. Walking around, the students took photos of the great panoramic views and, of course, each other. Shortly after, we hopped back on and set off again. This time we had a longer more relaxed drive, enjoying the immensely beautiful scenery. Gozo is littered with many valleys, small hills, terraced fields and very little roads perfect for quad biking.

All in all, the students and myself had a really great time. Not only spending time together, but also having new experiences and creating memories that will be cherished for a long time.

Do you have a great memory of a Maltalingua activity? Leave a comment and tell us about it!

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Events in Malta this month – October 2015

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October in Malta is a time of change, regarding the weather of course. With autumn in its first few weeks, you will notice that the temperature will drop to the mid 20’s and there might be a little more rain. Don’t be fooled however, the sea temperature will still be warm so there will be plenty of opportunities for water sports and days out at the beach. Here’s our pick of the best events in Malta this October.

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This weekend Valletta will come alive on Notte Bianca (White Night), it will be a memorable night with something for everyone.

Palaces and museums are open till late with special discounts on entry, some are also free such as the President’s Palace. The streets are full of life with visual art exhibitions and theatre performances. Music echoes in the streets as local and foreign bands are also on show for your entertainment. Of course cafes and restaurants will be open until late with food stalls and tables for your satisfaction. 

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Paqpaqli is the biggest annual motoring event in Malta. This event is one of the largest organizations run by a team of volunteers in collaboration with The Office of The President. The main aim here is to raise money for the Malta Community Chest Fund.

This year is a list like non other, on offer for you to see and drive will be Ferrari, McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spider, and for the first time in Malta, a Koenigsegg! There will also be other attractions, such as a motor cross event and a large collection of classic and modern Ferraris.

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The Mdina Grand Prix Classic Car Event will be held this year between the 8th and the 11th of October. The Mdina street circuit is set in the idyllic countryside beneath the imposing bastions of the Old Capital City.

This will be the fourth consecutive year of the Mdina Grand Prix. It promises to be a magical weekend of classic car racing.

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This event taking place in Birgu (also known as Vittoriosa), which is one of Malta’s oldest and most historic cities, has now become an annual national event.

Birgu fest, which was once known as Birgu by night, has grown in popularity over the past years. Mainly because of the immense beauty that is interpreted through out this fortified small city. This historical city is completely lit by thousands of candles sprinkled on every step and every balcony. You’ll be able to find a wide variety of food stalls, restaurants and bands to liven up the night.

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Halloween in Malta has become a time to look forward to. With the weather still holding up nicely it gives the opportunity to really be creative and daring with your Halloween costumes. On this night theme parties are organised and of course the traditional trick or treat is done by younger ones.

Clubs and bars go all-out to decorate their premises to attract as many one eyed zombies and killer clowns as possible. It’s a good night out and definitely something you should not miss out on.  

Which events would you like to go to? Have you been to any of these events before? Leave a comment to let us know. We love comments :)

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Useful expressions – Negotiating

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The following expressions look at different aspects of negotiating.

Outlining points for discussion:

What we need to decide on today is

Let’s look at what our options are.

Putting forward proposals:

How about we…?

What I propose is…

Stating consequences:

We’d…, if we did that.

Unless we…

Bargaining:

I could offer…

Provided you…

Reaching agreement:

I can live with that.

Summarizing the situation:

So, a quick recap…

Complete this extract from a meeting about negotiating an annual staff trip.

Anton: What we need to (1______) on today is what to do for the staff trip. Let’s look at what our (2______) are.

Carolina: (3______) about we charter a plane to Morocco for a weekend?

Anton: We do have that on our list of options, but (4______) need to stretch the budget if we did that.

Carolina: Yes, you’re right. Bob, how does HR view things? What can you (5______) us?

Bob: Well, the worker’s council always offers a staff trip – so we can’t stop this – but what we (6______) is it should be educational as well as entertaining.

Anton: You mean, (7______) we include something cultural we can choose any of our suggestions?

Bob: Yes. Let’s say you take the Morocco option. (8______) you offer excursions to places of interest as part of the package, HR might veto the whole trip.

Carolina: OK. We can (9______) with that and would organize the trip to comply with HR’s wishes.

Anton: So, a quick (10______) – if …

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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.

 

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if

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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.

Please go to English Grammar – Third Conditional to view this test

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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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School Activity feedback by Alex

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During my four weeks in April/May 2015 at Maltalingua I joined a lot of school activities organized by Julian, the coordinator. The activities I liked most where the English guided tours with Mariella a school teacher and licensed guide. We were small groups and every week we went with a private bus to different places of interest. We visited the old town Mdina, with its small narrow streets and the fabulous view across the whole island. The stop at Fontanella Tea Garden, with the famous chocolate cake was an obligation!

The Lascaris War Rooms Trip in Valletta was one of the most surprising tours I took part. The way the tourist guide from the museum talked about “the part of Malta during the second world war” was very interesting and he was extremely enthusiastic. After the museum we walked with Mariella around the city and to the Upper Barrakka Garden with its panoramic view. Later we made a stop at one of the best ice-cream parlour in Valletta.

I was there again and again…. :)

The three city tour and the megalithic Temples tour were also very interesting and informative. Only the 4D film at the temples museum was not very informative and meaningful. Whatever, on the other hand the museum and the temples were great to visit! For me it is a must! Mariella knew a lot of history and she also told stories from the present age of Malta. Her English was clear and easy to understand….also for me, perfect.

There were other not English guided tours also organized by Julian I liked too. We were always a nice group of students with Julian and we had a lot of fun. Sometimes it was a little chaotic, the bus rides needed a long time for every distance because of the incredible traffic on this island. But at the end everything worked! 😀

The Beach trip to a sandy beach called Ghajn Tuffieha was lovely for relaxing, swimming and playing beach ball. The Boat trip to the Blue Grotto was one of the worse tours I made. Eight euro for that short boating was really expensive but anyway to see blue grotto was nice and I would do it again. The wine tasting was truly really interesting, to see a wine cellar in another country and to taste a wine directly from a winemaker it’s always a nice experience. The canoeing tour in the lovely Gnejna bay I also enjoyed a lot. We were around 20 canoes paddling around. Some of us good other better!

The evening tours with the school were …… what should I say? Now I know that Malta has good wines and excellent cocktails.

At the weekend I made with other students together (sometimes organized by Julian and sometimes only recommended by him) a trip to Gozo and the sightseeing highlights like the Azure Window or a Boat trip around Comino with it’s lovely caves and the beautiful Blue Lagoon or a trip to Marsaxlokk to see the famous fish market. To travel around Malta is easy. With the public transport you can go to nearly every point on the island for little money but you need really a lot of time and even more patience. As I told you before, the traffic on Malta is a mess.

I ´ll recommend every school activity! I loved it. It was an easy way to see and hear a lot of this beautiful island and to stay together with other students and to practice my English.

Like the school motto: Learn English under the sun!

By the way, I enjoyed your lessons and I want to say thanks for this time, I attended a course B1+.

Greetings from cold Vienna

Alexandra Neurauter

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