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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 #7 – Greetings, articles, magic and more

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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.

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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!

English video lesson about 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.

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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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Health Idioms – English vocabulary lesson with quiz

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There are many English language health idioms.
Read the text below and look out for the health idioms in bold.

February 6th – Britain’s sick day

A recent study conducted in Britain has discovered that February 6th is the day when most Britons take the day off sick. Professor Cary Cooper, who carried out the research, said absence due to fake illnesses is becoming more common on this day. Apparently, in early February, “many people are still feeling the need to celebrate Christmas”. The study showed that over 50 percent of 4,000 interviewees took at least one fake sick day each year. There was great regional variation, with Londoners skipping work an average three days a year, compared to 13 for workers in the northern city of Liverpool. Most people phoning in sick pretended to cough or to have sore throats to add a touch of truth to their falsification.

Reasons varied for taking a sickie. There was widespread disappointment at the lack of official and national holidays, even though British workers are considered lucky, compared to other nationalities across the Atlantic. Other reasons cited included a need to recharge batteries, perhaps they were feeling a bit under the weather after the Christmas and New Year break. Some wanted a longer weekend break and needed time to recover from a hangover or catch up on sleep.

Many people also expressed that they refused to use up a day from their official yearly holidays because most British workers prefer to take a two-to-five week block off, rather than divide the days here and there. The good news for bosses is that the rate of workers lying to take a day off is decreasing.

However, there are genuine cases of real sicknesses that happen to fall on this day. Some workers admitted to having called in sick because they felt they were coming down with something, especially if there was a bug going round. In extreme cases, people felt like death warmed up and needed to recover fully before returning to work. If a hangover was the cause of their troubles, a good rest was said to have been one solution.

Whatever the genuine reason for absence is, employers hope that within a short period the absent workers will be on the road to recovery, feeling as right as rain and as fit as a fiddle to resume normal productivity.

Please go to Health Idioms – English vocabulary lesson with quiz to view this test

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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 English expressions – Expressions with “make”

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In English you will come across lots of expressions containing the verb “make” for instance:

  • She was finding it extremely difficult to make ends meet with her low salary.
  • After their car broke down they had to make their way to the cinema on foot.
  • He made her an offer of €10,000 for her car.
  • She was furious when he made a pass at her.
  • After a lot of hard work and sacrifice he made a fortune and now he is living in luxury
  • The new director made a point of getting to know every employee when he joined our company.
  • It makes no difference if I cook at mine or we eat at yours.
  • Some children are so mean. They made fun of our son because he couldn’t see without his glasses.
  • I can’t make sense of this article. Can you help me please?
  • It really made her day seeing you. She was in a really good mood after you left.

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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…


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