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Merry Christmas from Maltalingua

Some of our English language students at our school Christmas party.
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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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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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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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Useful expressions quiz – Making a phone call

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Caller

Receiver

Start the call

Hello, this is Paul.

 

Hi, it’s Paul. (NOT I am Paul.)

 

Start the call

Hello.

 

Paul speaking. (formal)

Ask to speak to someone

Can I speak to Katrin?

 

Is Katrin there?

Find out who is speaking

Who’s calling (please)?

When the person you want isn’t there

Can I leave a message?

 

Can you ask her to call me back later?

 

My mobile number is 111-222-333.

When the person the caller wants isn’t there

I’m afraid she’s not here at the moment.

 

Can I take a message?

 

I’ll ask her to call you back.

Finish the call

See you soon.

 

Goodbye.

 

Speak to you later.

Finish the call

Thanks for calling.

 

Goodbye.

 

Now test yourself by completing the following telephone conversation.

Conversation 1

Receiver:

Hello. Suzanne (1).

Caller:

Hi, (2) Mark.

Receiver:

Hi, Mark. How are you?

Caller:

I’m fine. How about you?

Receiver:

Very well, thanks.

Caller:

Are you busy at the moment? Do you want to have lunch in the Japanese restaurant?

Receiver:

That sounds good. What time?

Caller:

One o’clock?

Receiver:

Great.

Caller:

OK. (3) you soon.

 

Conversation 2

Receiver:

Maltalingua School of English.

Caller:

Hello, can I (4) to the managing director?

Receiver:

One moment. Who’s (5)?

Caller:

It’s Michael Brewster here.

Receiver:

I’m afraid he’s (6) here at the moment. I think he’s at lunch. Can I take a (7)?

Caller:

Please tell him I’m waiting for him in the hotel bar and I’m ordering drinks now.

Example: 1) speaking

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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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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.

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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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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 :)

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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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Horse Riding with Maltalingua

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We return back to normal this week in Malta with temperatures reaching 27⁰C. After the treacherous thunderstorms last weekend, the Maltese Islands returned to greenery, with the countryside attracting tourists and locals alike. As the beautiful sun shone over Malta, we took this opportunity to spend some relaxing time horse riding.

The stables are situated in the north west of the Islands, just behind the very well-known, Golden  Bay. With a small group of 6 students, we set off from the urban town of St.Julians, into the wild west of Malta. As the sea came into sight we soon arrived at our destination, where we found Mario the stable owner waiting for us.

I must admit, I am not keen on horse riding, however when everyone was saddled in tightly, we left the stables and began our relaxing journey.  We slowly rode into the Maltese outback, with one horse following another. Horse riding is a lovely experience in this time of the year, as the Maltese country side starts to come to life after the long dry summer.

Three of the students had never been horse riding before, so safety measures had to be taken. In fact, the instructor made sure that the horses were calm, and he guided them all along the route. I followed with the rest of the students. We gradually made our way up the hill side, first having to pass through a slightly busy road, then made our way along a trail in the middle of the Maltese wilderness. The west side of Malta is simply breath-taking, with views of Gozo in the distance and massive cliffs in the calm blue sea. We couldn’t have asked for better weather conditions with blue skies and not a cloud in sight.

Nothing better after a whole day of studying, than the fresh sea air and sun’s rays to simply relax in the peaceful outdoors. The students loved it and had a great time. Mission accomplished. :)

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