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A predominantly Roman Catholic country,
Malta has over 360 churches, that’s roughly one for every 1,000 residents.
A traditional form of Maltese music is known as Ghana. It is comprised of folk guitar music,
usually men, taking it in turns to debate in a sing-song voice.
The lyrics are improvised and debates are usually friendly yet challenging.
Did you know that Malta is 316 km squared
If you’re looking for some interesting books
with the Maltese Islands as a backdrop,
consider reading the following;
The Kappillan of Malta by Nicholas Monsarrat
The Sword and the Scimitar by David Ball
The Jew of Malta by Chrisopher Marlowe
The earliest evidence of human habitation in Malta
was found in the Ghar Dalam Cave.
Malta’s capital city Valletta,
is named after Jean Parisot de La Valette,
a Grand Master of the Order of Knights of St.John.
The flag of Malta is a simple red and white flag
with the George Cross in the top left hand corner.
In 2008, the Euro became the Maltese currency,
following the island’s accession in E.U in 2004.
The temples of Ggantija trace
back their foundations
to atime period before
the Egyptian pyramids.
The beautiful and elegant Pharoah Hound Dog
is Malta’s National Dog.
In Maltese the breed is called Kelb tal-Fenek.
Malta was earlier known as Melita,
meaning the island of honey,
by ancient Greeks and Romans.
Malta’s Grand Harbour boasts of being
one of the best natural deep –water harbour in the world.
In 1942 Malta was awarded with the George Cross,
by King George VI for bravery.
The two main symbols that are synonymous with Malta
and its people are the Maltese Cross and the Maltese boat.
The Maltese cross was used by the Knights of Malta.
I managed to make time for a trip to Malta and I got the chance to spend one day in Valletta. It was a choice I will never regret thanks to the sheer amazement I felt thanks to everything I saw! The capital of Malta, Valletta, is attached to the military order and hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights of the Order of Malta. These were based here from 1530 until 1798 and left a large footprint as the network of spacious and neat streets and numerous monuments. Churches and palaces, museums and theaters, gardens and squares were almost completely preserved with their original features. The city has hardly changed since 1798 when the gentlemen left off.
We started the visit in the gardens of Upper Baraka from which we were offered magnificent views of the fortified cities against Valletta. The bad is that there was too much sun and it was difficult to get good pictures because they burned out. But I was delighted to have this good time. It was really beautiful to be there. We strolled through small town. I found it strange to see so many decorations but also very amusing.
On the streets of Valletta it was easy to realize the country’s cultural mix. There were restaurants offering pizza as Sicilia is very close, British phone booths, Marian figures everywhere and street signs with Arab sounding. In Malta there are two official languages, English and Maltese which makes Malta a great travel destination for English learning students. Thanks to this my experience was much better as communicating was easy. I´m sure that language students traveling to Valletta would love it thanks to the bilingual background of this country. Afterwards, we entered the Co Cathedral of Saint John. All that was painted inside was for someone as proof to enter the Order of the Knights of Malta. The whole cathedral is built for them and has eight chapels representing each of the languages of the Order. They are the chapels of France, Provence, Italy, Germany and Aragon! It was really fascinating to see all this.
If you look on the ground there are many figures of skeletons and skulls. Beneath each of them is a buried knight. How noble! Finally we visited the Grand Masters Palace, the presidential palace where we saw the armor, a meeting room of the ambassadors of Malta and numerous paintings depicting the failed Ottoman invasion. This was our last stop and we were very tired but at the same time extremely excited to have lived such a marvelous day.
The three islands of Malta are in a strategic location in the Mediterranean. As a result they have been hotly contested and have been held by Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and the Order of Knights of Malta. At night after finishing with Valletta we went to the city of Vittoriosa in a small boat. For dinner we ate noodles with seafood accompanied by a Maltese Chardonnay Caravaggio in the restaurant overlooking the harbor RivieraDella Marina. Finally we took the last moments of the day with light to the Senglea Island Gardens near Vittoriosa where we caught the sunset. Everything was so amazing but there was still a long journey! What a fantastic day in Valletta!
After arriving in Malta at the start of March 2012, Malta has given memories that shall be cherished for many years to come. Not only was it about moving from London to a new country, it was about being part of a team to start a brand new project and open the latest English Language School, called Maltalingua.
In the space of a few weeks, we managed to complete all of the finer details which had been in preparation since January. The school was ready, we had the desks and chairs, the books had been delivered and our teachers had been recruited, and we were eagerly awaiting our first arrivals.
On 2 April 2012 we warmly welcomed our first students through the door. Now the school had come alive, and since then more than 500 students from more than 15 different countries have studied at Maltalingua. Some have chosen General English, other have preferred Business English and those looking to study at university abroad have taken our IELTS Preparation course. However, the one thing that they have all shared is the vibrant community.
Students are invited to taste Maltese food at the weekly welcome party on the rooftop by our private pool, and take part in the social activities programme, including sports, culture and evening activities, all in the company of our teachers. Perhaps some of the most memorable have been the fireworks in Valletta and the melodic sounds of the karaoke night in St Julians with over 50 students and teachers!
Maltalingua is situated in St Julians, which is arguably the most popular destination for English Language students in the Maltese Islands. With over 300 days of sunshine and approximately 70,000 English language students arriving in Malta every year, it has been a pleasure to experience the Maltese atmosphere from such a great location.
Not only that, the school is based in a traditional and charming Maltese building with character and personality. The building has been tastefully renovated to offer modern classrooms, and as the school has grown, the classrooms and the facilities have improved too, including the addition of a self-study room and a library.
At Maltalingua we have developed a detailed teaching programme with the latest materials. However, the credit for our students’ classroom experience must also be given to our staff. We are fortunate to have a great team of qualified teachers, who care about the students and provide the opportunity for them to develop and practise their language skills in a welcoming environment. They have received a lot of good feedback and some are still in touch with previous students, and the memory lives on.
After an amazing first year, we have welcomed 2013 with open arms, with new goals, new ambitions and the same enthusiasm. Perhaps some of the most exciting projects are the addition of two more classrooms to our school in St Julians and the introduction of the brand new junior programme (aged 12-17) which is due to start in March.
We would like to express our gratitude to previous students for choosing Maltalingua and look forward to welcoming them and new students in the future.
Director of Studies
As always, loads of students took heed of our eagerness and signed up for our celebratory end-of-the-week activity. This time round, we decided to meet a bit earlier than the last couple of times, so we would have more time to savour the beautiful night’s scenic views of Valletta’s traditional balconies and old architecture lit up by colourful lights.
We were seated at a restaurant on the Valletta waterfront by around 9pm, where everyone had a huge appetite, was ready to order food and devour their dishes! Some of us ordered burgers, others pasta, while a few picked a more nutritionally conscious dish of salad. I on the other hand, preferred to relish the picturesque view of the waterfront itself over a couple of glasses of sweet white wine. Despite the fact that we were a large number, everyone managed to mingle with each other at some point during the evening, and we took some photos, capturing our antics and merriment.
After dinner and drinks we had ample time to walk it off, breathe in the fresh air and admire the other restaurants around (perhaps the next time we plan a similar event we could pick another restaurant). Jazz music was playing in the background as we strolled by the sea absorbing the pictorial buildings and vibrant façades of the buildings us Maltese are so proud of. It is really no wonder Valletta was recently named Europe’s Capital of Culture for 2018. Sadly the night came to an end quite quickly, and it was time to say goodbye to the beautiful Maltese city. It’s really true what they say –time flies when you’re having fun!
Written by Michaela Griscti