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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).


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!


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!


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!


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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Indirect Questions – English lesson with quiz

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Read the following text:


Hello, Maltalingua School of English. How may I help you?


Hello, yes. I wonder if you could give me some information about your afternoon lessons.


Yes of course.


I’d like to know what the lesson times are for the afternoon lessons.


Our afternoon intensive lessons begin at 1:30PM and finish at 3:00PM.


Could you tell me the maximum number of students per class?


The maximum number of students per class is twelve students.


Twelve students! That’s great! I’ll have lots of people to speak to. Do you know if the teacher is from England?


We have teachers from all over the world. They’re all qualified and they all speak very clearly.


That sounds good. Do you think you could tell me when the next course begins?


We have a new course starting every week. Would you like to book a starting date?

Look at the indirect questions used to make polite requests:

You can use indirect questions when you are making polite enquiries. Direct questions can sometimes sound impolite.

Begin indirect questions with introduction + (‘if’ or question word) + indirect question.

Do you know if he wants to go direct?

Here are some common introductions to indirect questions:

I wonder…

I’d like to know…

Could you tell me…?

Do you think you could tell me…?

Change the questions below into indirect questions. Use different introductions.


Where can I buy an American or English newspaper?


How many cinemas are there in the town?


What time do the banks open in the morning?


Is there an internet café in the city centre?


Which restaurant is the best in town?


Are there any non-smoking restaurants near here?


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Changing the subject – English language lesson and quiz

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When we are feeling uncomfortable with a situation and want to change the subject we can use a number of phrases that divert the focus of the conversation from an awkward dialogue to an easier choice of conversation.

Read the dialogue below and notice the changes in subject.

Manager: Good afternoon everyone, I hope you’ve had a good day. We need to talk about the new programs installed on the computers in the offices…

Employee #1: I can’t understand how to work the new computer system, it’s too difficult and there are too many things to remember, I…

Manager: Anyway, as I was saying, the new computer programs have been installed and there will be a workshop for all of those who need some help with understanding how the system works.

Employee #2: When will the workshop be held? Can we do it tomorrow, I can’t waste a full day like I did today. Oh, that reminds me the coffee machine isn’t working either.

Manager: OK, we will try and hold the meeting tomorrow to get you acquainted with the new system. As for the coffee machine, we’ll get someone to look at that. Talking of coffee, what about going out for a coffee after work today.

Employee #1: As long as it’s on you! By the way, I think that the coffee machine needs new filters and it should work.

Manager: No problem with that, we will get it sorted out. That reminds me, we’ll be having our annual Halloween party next month so start thinking of your costumes.

Complete the dialogues with changing the subject expressions from the text above.

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Useful expressions quiz – Making a phone call

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Start the call

Hello, this is Paul.


Hi, it’s Paul. (NOT I am Paul.)


Start the call



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.




Speak to you later.

Finish the call

Thanks for calling.




Now test yourself by completing the following telephone conversation.

Conversation 1


Hello. Suzanne (1).


Hi, (2) Mark.


Hi, Mark. How are you?


I’m fine. How about you?


Very well, thanks.


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


That sounds good. What time?


One o’clock?




OK. (3) you soon.


Conversation 2


Maltalingua School of English.


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


One moment. Who’s (5)?


It’s Michael Brewster here.


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


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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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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Pronunciation Lessons at Maltalingua

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Fun with Phonetics!

As part of the complete learning experience offered by Maltalingua, students are given the opportunity to participate in a free, pronunciation-based lesson every other Wednesday. A pronunciation lesson focuses on increasing the verbal reception and comprehension abilities of our learners in a fun, stress-free environment.

This week’s pronunciation lesson was an introduction to phonetics. The phonetic table is a finite group of symbols that represent the sounds we use to produce words and sentences in every language. Acquiring the ability to read and identify these symbols is a useful tool in a student’s journey towards mastering a new language.

Using a multitude of activities; these drew upon students’ knowledge of colours, everyday objects, and verbs, thus the students were taught the basics of phonetic symbols. They were also encouraged to research more into phonetic symbols and given helpful guidelines to enhance their personal skills and knowledge.


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English vocabulary – Adjectives and prepositions

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Below you’ll find a list of common adjectives and prepositions that usually follow them.

interested inAre you interested in our offer?

afraid ofMy nephew is afraid of spiders.

excited about – She is really excited about the party.

satisfied withHe seemed to be satisfied with the result.

keen on – We offer great opportunities for students who are keen on fashion and design.

responsible for –  Who was responsible for the stolen goods?

good atAre you good at singing?

crowded with –  That pub is always crowded with tourists.

suitable forWe sell products which are suitable for vegetarians.

disappointed with –  Was Naomi  disappointed with her exam results?

Now have fun with the quiz below 🙂

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Useful English expressions – Agreeing and disagreeing

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When people express their opinions we agree or disagree with what they are saying. There are several ways how we can communicate our agreements or disagreements. Below you’ll find some expressions you can use to agree and disagree;

Expressing total agreement
  • I agree with you one hundred per cent.
  • I couldn’t agree more.
  • I completely agree.
  • That’s so true.
  • Absolutely.
  • Exactly.
Expressing partial agreement
  • I agree with you up to a point.
  • That’s true but…
  •  You could be right.
  • It sounds interesting, but..
Expressing total disagreement
  • I totally disagree.
  • No way! (slang)
  • I’m afraid I can’t agree with you.
  • To be honest..
  • On the contrary.(formal)
  • It’s out of the question.

Now take the quiz and see how much you remember 🙂

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Functional English: After School Learning, not Detention

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Maltalingua makes it a point to teach English professionally in the classroom, but also to include teachers and make English practice fun through an active social programme for students.

So, another free late-afternoon lesson was planned for the students to practise English expressions in their free-time. But what should we focus on? Now that the temperature has dropped slightly, and students want to have a tasty hot meal in the evening, we decided to focus on useful expressions for ordering food at a restaurant.

With most of our students attending, and a teacher with big eyes for food, we had a series of role plays and key expressions and vocabulary that can be used when eating out.  Some of the group played the clients and others played the part of waiters or restaurant staff.  Fortunately, most of the clients really enjoyed their ‘meals’, but others were not impressed, and didn’t want to give any tips!

Students found it easy to interact and they asked a lot of questions.  It was also great to have a group of students from different levels of English, who actually taught each other and had real-life spontaneous conversation.

So why not try your own skills at expressions for eating out by visiting our blog and taking the quiz…


Written by: Katrin Risiott

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Useful English expressions – Greetings and introductions

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There are various ways how we can greet and introduce people. The dialogue below will help you familiarise yourself with expressions which are generally used for greetings and introductions in English and examples of how to use them.

(David was walking to his sister’s place when he ran into Mary)

David: Hi Mary, what a nice surprise.
Mary: Yeah I know. I haven’t seen you in ages. How have you been?
David: I’m snowed under.  (I’m very busy) How about you?
Mary: You know, same old same old (informal – nothing has changed-boring/annoyed)
(Mr Kobayashi approaches)

Mary: David, I’d like you to meet my boss, Mr Kobayashi. Mr Kobayashi, this is David Jones, an ex colleague of mine.
David: Nice to meet you.
Mr Kobayashi: Same here
Mary: Mr Kobayashi and I are here at our annual conference. What about you?
David: Oh I see. I’m visiting my sister, as she relocated here last month.
Mary: How good. Give her my regards.
David: Will surely do.
Mary: Ok David, we have to go as the conference is about to start. It was good to see you.
David: Nice seeing you, too. Keep in touch. Mr Kobayashi, it was a pleasure meeting you. Enjoy your conference.
Mr Kobayashi: Thanks. Nice to have met you (formal)
Mary: Thanks. I’ll drop you line (informalwrite to you) when I get back home.
David: Great. Take care.

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