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Free Online English Lesson – Wishes, Dreams, Desires & Ambitions

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Our dreams and ambitions follow us everywhere. It’s so important to be able to talk about them and to express ourselves in English. In conversations and other situations where you need to give reliable, fluent answers in English, these functional-language phrases will help you to keep the words flowing in a natural way.

Learn phrases used by native English speakers and memorize them to use in your next English conversation. These phrases might be challenging to translate from English to your language. We recommend leaving the translator alone and engaging in our English expressions lesson.

See how these English phrases can be used in such an easy and natural way to make you sound like you’ve been using these expressions all your life! Our native English teacher Brian Dimech will show you examples of real-life situations where you can use these English phrases in an everyday conversation.

Furthermore, our English phrases are ready-to-go functional-language, which means they need minimal changes to grammar or sentence-structure to use when you’re engaging in an English-speaking situation.

This video is perfect for English language students at the CEFR level B1+ (Intermediate) and level B2 (Upper Intermediate).

REMEMBER TO…

It’s OK to watch this video without writing down every word, but remember to come back and write down all the phrases that Brian teaches you. It always helps to write things down if you want to remember them!

IT’S EASY!

We’ve summarised all the phrases towards the beginning and the end of the video, go and see Brian’s goodbye to find all the phrases. Scroll back to after Brian’s introduction to check the correct form for these great English phrases to express your wishes and ambitions!

ALWAYS PLAY

English is a flexible and fun language. Now that you’ve learned the basic situations to use your new English phrases, make sure you change the verbs (see the correct forms in the video!) and find ways of applying them to a variety of different situations! Just make sure that your phrasal structure follows ours!

LISTEN FOR…

The English expressions being taught in these videos are used every day, all over the world. Now that you’ve learned them, you’ll be surprised to know that you’re going to be noticing other people using them a lot. Make sure to join in and use the phrases that you put so much time into learning and remembering.

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Online Video Lessons #9 – Grammar and Vocabulary

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Jonathan and Danielle worked hard last week to bring you 5 more great Maltalingua lesson videos. This week we have a mix of grammar and vocabulary. The lessons are about prepositions, prefixes, ‘have’/’have got’, ‘few’/’little’ and advanced phrases for ‘too much’.

You can always find many more lesson videos on our YouTube channel. Remember to like share and subscribe!

Elementary: Prepositions of Place – English Grammar Lesson

Elementary English lesson videos on YouTube.

 

Pre-Intermediate: ‘Have’ vs ‘Have Got’ – English Grammar Lesson

Pre-Intermediate English lesson videos.

 

Intermediate: Little/Few – English Grammar Lesson

We have lots more Intermediate level videos on YouTube.

 

Upper-Intermediate: Prefixes – English Vocabulary Lesson

Check out our Upper Intermediate level playlist.

 

Advanced: Phrases to Describe ‘Too Much’ – English Vocabulary Explanation

Find all out out Advanced level lesson videos here

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Online Video Lessons #8 – Adjectives, punctuation and more

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Last week our YouTube channel reached 150 subscribers so Danielle and Jonathan wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who watched, liked, shared and subscribed!

 

Now, here are this week’s English lesson videos. We have three lessons about adjectives, one about punctuation and one about present perfect vs past simple.

Elementary: Adjectives to Describe Food – English Vocabulary Explanation

More elementary lesson videos.

 

Pre-Intermediate: Describing Weather – English Vocabulary Lesson

Watch all our Pre-Intermediate English lesson videos here.

 

Intermediate: Present Perfect vs Past Simple – English Grammar Lesson

You can find all of our Intermediate level English video tutorials in this playlist.

 

Upper-Intermediate: Punctuation Revision – English Grammar Lesson

Go to our YouTube channel to watch all our our Upper Intermediate level English tutorials.

 

Advanced: Confused Adjectives – English Vocabulary Explanation

Check out our playlist of advanced level English lesson videos.

Have you got any questions or feedback for us? Leave a comment below! We love it when people leave comments!

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Online Video Lessons #6 – Grammar, Vocabulary and Romance!

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This week we have another 5 brand new English video lessons. As usual we have one for each of the 5 main English language levels.

If you like, share and subscribe on YouTube, you’ll make us very happy!

You can visit our channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/maltalingua

Elementary: ‘This’, ‘That’, ‘These’ and ‘Those’ – English Grammar Lesson

More elementary videos.

 

Pre-Intermediate: Adjectives ‘ed’ & ‘ing’ – English Vocabulary Lesson

See all of our Pre-Intermediate level videos..

 

Intermediate: Present Perfect for Past Experience – English Grammar Lesson

Check out our Intermediate lesson playlist!

 

Upper-Intermediate: Improving Vocabulary – English lesson

We have loads more Upper-Intermediate level videos. Watch them here.

 

Advanced: Describing a Date – English Functional Language Lesson

If you want to watch more of our advanced level videos, click here.

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Online English Lesson Videos #5 – I Can Give Directions!

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Watch our 5 newest video lessons. There’s one for students at each English level.

To watch more English lesson go to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/maltalingua
Remember to like, share and subscribe!

Elementary: ‘Can’ Ability – English Grammar Lesson

Watch all of our Elementary level videos.

 

Pre-Intermediate: Directions – English Functional Language Lesson

More Pre-Intermediate level videos.

 

Intermediate: Present Continuous for Future – English Grammar Lesson

You can watch more of our Intermediate level videos here.

 

Upper-Intermediate: ‘Would’ Past Habits – English Grammar Lesson

Click here to see all of our Upper-Intermediate level videos.

 

Advanced: Common Collocations – English Vocabulary Lesson

We have a wide range of Advanced level videos. You can watch them here.

We love it when people leave comments! And we’re very happy to answer questions about the English language.

 

 

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Online English Lesson Videos #4 – Past, Future & More

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This week we have one new lesson video for each level: Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced

Visit our YouTube channel to see  all our lesson videos: https://www.youtube.com/c/maltalingua
Remember to subscribe to the channel – you’ll see all of our videos first.

Elementary: Past Simple – English Grammar Lesson

Click here to see more elementary level videos.

 

Pre-Intermediate: Subject Pronouns – English Grammar Lesson

Watch all of our Pre-Intermediate level videos here.

 

Intermediate: Past Passive – English Grammar Lesson

Find all our Intermediate level videos here.

 

Upper-Intermediate: Future Perfect – English Grammar Lesson

View more of our Upper Intermediate level videos here.

 

Advanced: Critiquing and Reviewing – English Functional Language Lesson

Click here to see more of our Advanced level videos. 

Leave a comment below. We’re happy to answer any questions and give advice about learning English.

 

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Online English Lesson Videos #3 – More Grammar!

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This week we’ve got 5 new English grammar lesson videos for you! Watch and learn :)

We have lots more lesson videos on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/maltalingua
Subscribe to the channel to be kept up-to-date with all our latest videos.

Elementary: Comparative Adjectives – English Grammar Lesson

Watch more Elementary level videos here.

 

Pre-Intermediate: ‘Some’ and ‘Any’ – English Grammar Lesson

Find more Pre-Intermediate level videos here.

 

Intermediate: Second Conditional – ‘Must’ and ‘Have to’-English Grammar Lesson

You can watch more of our Intermediate level videos here.

 

Upper-Intermediate: Adjective Order – English Grammar Lesson

To watch more Upper Intermediate level videos click here.

 

Advanced: Conditionals Review – ‘Wish’ and ‘If Only’ for Past Regrets – English Grammar Lesson

If you’d like to see more of our Advanced level videos, please click here.

And if you have any questions, or you’d like to say ‘hi’, please leave a comment below. We love comments!

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Useful expressions quiz – Making a phone call

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Difficulty

Low Medium High
A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2

 

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

1.

Please select one answer

 
 
 
2.

Please select one answer

 
 
 
3.

Please select one answer

 
 
 
4.

Please select one answer

 
 
 
5.

Please select one answer

 
 
 
6.

Please select one answer

 
 
 
7.

Please select one answer

 
 
 

 

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English Vocabulary – Feelings

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Difficulty:

Low Medium High
A1 A2 B1 (B2) C1 C2

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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Picture 1

Picture 2

 

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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English Vocabulary – Vehicles

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airplane

ambulance

boat

car

 airplane         ambulance  boat  car

helicopter

motorcycle

taxi

train

 helicopter  motorcycle  taxi  train

Match the first part of the sentence to the second part below.

1.      A car…

a.      …rides on railway tracks and has a lot of compartments.

2.      A helicopter…

b.      …has four wheels. You can only drive one (in Malta!) when you’re 18.

3.      A train…

c.       …is useful if you want to go somewhere quickly, but you have to phone and book it.

4.      An ambulance…

d.      …has two wings and flies through the air.

5.      A taxi…

e.      …travels over water.

6.      An airplane…

f.        …only has two wheels. It is very fast!

7.      A motorcycle…

g.      …doesn’t have any wings, but it has a propeller and it also flies through the air.

8.      A boat…

h.      …isn’t a vehicle you want to be in for very long, unless you’re a paramedic!

1)

Correct
Incorrect

2)

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3)

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4)

Correct
Incorrect

5)

Correct
Incorrect

6)

Correct
Incorrect

7)

Correct
Incorrect

8)

Correct
Incorrect

 

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