MALTA – TREASURE ISLAND. GOOD AND DIFFERENT
Many people probably guess that the Maltese archipelago is an amazing place to stay. After all, it is a unique warm climate – in Malta the average temperature is never below 16 degrees, a favorable location – Malta is in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea – between Africa and Europe.
It is also a clean sea. Its azure crystal color will impress even the most experienced traveler. The coastal waters are rich in fauna. Thanks to the rocky coastline, the water is always crystal clear, allowing lovers of the deep to successfully go scuba diving and enjoy the fabulous views of the Poseidon kingdom. Swimming is safe and secure in Malta. There are no tides here and you’ll soon get used to the rocky shoreline and even find it comfortable to plunge into the abyss from a smooth rock. In Malta, besides rocky grottoes and coves, there are also sandy beaches.
But few people know that the pleasure of relaxing here can be combined with English lessons. And it is so. Due to its historical development, Malta is a bilingual country. Along with the Maltese state language is also English.
Around 1800, English was declared an official language in Malta. It was only in 1934 that Maltese was recognized as a second official language. As a result, Malta is one of the few countries in the world where the population is truly bilingual. Virtually the entire population of Malta speaks two languages: English and Maltese. Therefore, in the streets of Malta, you can freely address the locals in English without fear of being misunderstood.
Another legacy from the British times is the multitude of traditions. In schools, English is taught from the first grade. The Maltese read English newspapers and magazines, watch English TV and listen to the radio in English. By the way, the Maltese prefer English music, too. We never managed to hear any traditional Maltese chants, any restaurant or disco is filled with music presented by British or American musicians. At the theater “Manoel”, which is located in the capital of Malta, Valletta, there are plays in English.
The English system of education is practiced on the islands, so Malta is a breeding ground for English-speaking personnel.
Englishmen, apparently, out of old habits come to spend their vacations in Malta. This, in turn, helps strengthen and maintain the English language on the islands. And also creates the popularity of Malta in the world as an ideal place where you can not only relax but also learn English or refresh your memory.
Most English schools in Malta offer vacation courses and courses in Business English. The programme of these courses is individually tailored according to the student’s level and objectives. Schools operate in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. You can choose the duration and intensity of the course yourself. In addition to the group courses, individual classes are also offered.
In most business English courses, in addition to spoken language, you can also study in depth the language of certain areas. You can broaden and deepen your knowledge of the language, for example in the fields of medicine, computer technology, etc. Thus English is the language of teaching trade and industry in Malta.
Summer Malta is a popular destination for people who want to learn English. Between June and September thousands of young people from all over the world come here. All vacation courses include cultural activities – excursions to cultural and historical sites, sports and entertainment programs. For example, there are excursions to Valletta, the capital city of Malta, to Mdina – one of the few European cities that have completely preserved its historical appearance, to megaliths, to the Blue Grotto. Visits to the island of Gozo are especially popular. In addition, parties, picnics on the seashore and discos are organized. So you won’t get bored.
All schools offer their students suitable accommodation. You can stay in hotels, boarding houses or apartments or stay with a Maltese family. Whichever accommodation you choose, you’ll be amazingly comfortable in a welcoming Maltese environment.
And if you’d rather learn English at a restaurant table than at a study table, perusing the menu on offer, I strongly advise you to skip the European dishes and opt for the traditional Maltese. Along with fish, rabbit in different variations is popular in Maltese cuisine. I also suggest you try the meat “bragiolli”. Local wines are excellent; they are clean and clear as the morning dew and taste like nectar and ambrosia. Malta’s crusty bread is incomparable.
You can take back from Malta not only gastronomic and English experiences, but also little souvenirs: silver filigree, handmade lace, pottery and glassware. And one frosty winter evening, a piece of Malta will warm your home and your soul.
Thank you to the Malta National Tourism Organization for the opportunity to visit Malta.