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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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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 #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.

Have you got any questions or feedback for us? Leave a comment below!



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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 #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. 

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Rooms in a House – English Vocabulary Lesson with Quiz

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There are many rooms in a house, some houses are big and have many rooms. The most important rooms in a house are the ones we use every day. Here is a list of the name’s of the rooms we use every day:

The Kitchen

In the kitchen, people cook their food and clean their plates. Some people eat in the kitchen too.


The Dining Room

The Dining Room is where people eat, where families and friends enjoy their food together.

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The Living Room

In the living room, people watch TV and have fun with their family and friends. Some people read in the living room and some others sleep in the living room.

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The Bathroom

In the bathroom people have a shower or a bath to get clean, people use the toilet and wash their hands.


The Bedroom

In the bedroom people go to bed, they sleep at night and wake up in the morning. Some people dream at night but some others can’t remember their dreams.


The Garage

The Garage is where people keep their cars and store extra things that do not fit in the house.


The Laundry Room

In the Laundry Room, we wash our clothes to make them clean, we dry are clothes and we iron our clothes to make them look nice.

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The Study

This is the room where people read, research and study for important exams or lessons.

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Read the questions below and type the correct room.


Where do you cook your food? In the ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­_________________.


Where do you sleep at night? In the ___________________.


Where do you eat with family or friends? In the ______________.


Where do you read important information? In the _______________.


Where do you wash your hair? In the __________________.


Where do you iron your clothes? In the ____________________.


Where do you park your car? In the __________________.


Where do you watch TV? In the ________________.


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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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Saying No – English Lesson with Quiz

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No thank you, I think I’ll pass.

Saying no is never easy but even though we don’t feel comfortable declining certain things, there are times when we need to say no. Here is a list of possible ways to say no:

I’m afraid not

A polite way of saying no

Not really

You don’t care very much about something

I don’t think so/Not as far as/I know/ Not to my knowledge/ Possibly not/ Probably not

You think you know something but are not completely sure

Certainly not/Definitely not

To emphasize that your answer to a question or request is definitely no

Of course not

You think an idea is stupid or insulting

No way/Not likely

Informal: very definite way of saying no

You must be joking/Are you kidding

Shows that you think somebody’s suggestion or request is crazy

Not exactly/Not quite

You think that something is almost (but not) correct or true

I wish I could

Used to express regret that something is not possible

Not especially/Not very (much)

Used to say no to a question about your opinion of something

How are you going to decline the next uncomfortable situation you face?


Flight attendant: Can you fasten your seat belt please?

Passenger: I’m afraid not, it’s broken and I can’t fix it!

Flight attendant: OK Sir.

Look at the exercise below and choose the best way of saying no in English.

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Restaurant words – English vocabulary lesson and quiz

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Everybody enjoys a good meal in a nice restaurant. Especially when we’re on holiday! These are some common words that we can use at a restaurant:

  1. Menu – a list of the food and drinks with the prices (it shows you what you can order)
  2. Chef – this person cooks your food (not a cooker!)
  3. Dish – food that is cooked / prepared in a special way
  4. Bill – the piece of paper with all the food and drink you ordered (you pay this after)
  5. Order – ask for food and drink (you tell this to the waiter / waitress)
  6. Tip – extra money for the service
  7. Waiter / waitress – he/she brings you the food and drink

Now try the quiz. Fill in the blanks with restaurant vocabulary.

Please go to Restaurant words – English vocabulary lesson and quiz to view this test

If you want to learn some shopping vocabulary try this lesson.

What was you score? Leave a comment to let us know. And if you have any questions about restaurant vocabulary you can ask them in the comments too!

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