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Tag von Annas Erfahrungen in Malta

Heute ging meine Reise nach Malta endlich los. Ich werde 2 Wochen in Sliema verbringen und hoffentlich mein Englisch verbessern und eine schöne Zeit haben. Ich habe einen Standard Englischkurs bei der Linguatime Sprachschule gebucht, sodass ich die Nachmittage frei gestalten kann. Meine erste Sprachreise… wie aufregend!

Der Flug ist sehr gut verlaufen, es gab keine Turbulenzen oder ähnliches. Auf Malta angekommen, habe ich mich sofort über die Sonne und das warme Klima gefreut, so schönes Wetter war ich aus Berlin gar nicht gewohnt. Am Flughafen wurde ich dann direkt von einem Mitarbeiter der Sprachschule abgeholt, welcher mir sofort freundlich meinen Koffer abgenommen und mich zu meinem Apartment gefahren hat. Auf der Fahrt hat er mir schon ein bisschen über Malta berichtet und sich mit mir unterhalten. Er hat mich dann noch in mein Apartment begleitet und mir mit dem Gepäck geholfen.

Mein Apartment ist im 5. Stockwerk, relativ groß und sehr hell. Es gibt einen großen Gemeinschaftsbereich mit Küche und Wohnzimmer und auch einen Balkon. Und das Beste – das Meer ist keine 2 Minuten entfernt! Ich habe für meine Zeit hier ein Einzelzimmer bei Linguatime gebucht, weil ich Angst hatte, mich mit meinen Mitbewohnern nicht so verstehen. Ich habe sie heute Abend alle kennengelernt (3 Mädchen aus der Türkei, Spanien und Russland), sie haben mich sofort herzlich aufgenommen und mir Essen und Trinken für den Tag angeboten, da heute leider alle Supermärkte geschlossen sind.

Das war’s erstmal zu meinem ersten Tag. Ich werde euch in den folgenden 2 Wochen natürlich genau berichten, wie es in der Sprachschule Linguatime ist, ob sich mein Englisch verbessert und wie es ist, auf Malta zu sein! Aber jetzt werde ich schlafen gehen, damit ich morgen früh fit bin und in der Sprachschule loslegen kann!

Sliema-Promenade

The Passive

We form the passive with the appropriate tense and form of the verb “be” and the past participle of the verb. We use the preposition “by” to introduce the person or thing which does the action.

We use the passive when:

1.) We are more interested in the action than the people who do the action
e.g.: The new hospital was opened yesterday.

 

2.) We do not know exactly who the agent is:
e.g.: My bag has been stolen!

 

3.) It is obvious or understood who did the action.
e.g.: The criminal was arrested at 5.30pm.

 

Vocabulary: Murderer

A murderer is when somebody kills another person.

Murder is the unlawful killing, with malice aforethought, of another human. Generally this premeditated state of mind distinguishes murder from other forms of unlawful homicide (such as manslaughter). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder

 

The verb: to murder.
Phrasal verb:

“To get away with murder”

To commit murder and not get punished [literal meaning]
OR
To do something very bad and not get punished

The latest Hollywood blockbuster Sherlock Holmes revolves around occult murders and world conspiracies.

You can also visit The Sherlock Holmes Museum (221b Baker Street, London NW1 6XE), a privately run  museum in London dedicated to the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.

Play, go or do?

We often talk about sports and hobbies using the words PLAY, DO or GO in the following way:

 

PLAY: For sports with teams, rules and competitions e.g. “My brother plays football with his friends every weekend” or “Let’s play volleyball at the beach!”

 

Tip: sports ending in -ball (football, basketball etc) and boardgames (chess, checkers etc) always take “play”

 

GO: For sports and activities ending in -ing e.g. “I go swimming in summer” or “Liz goes horse-riding in the forest with her boyfriend.”

 

DO: For solo sports, sports which don’t use a ball and other activities e.g. “People who do yoga are very relaxed” or “Jackie Chan does martial arts.”

 

Tip: remember that the negative always takes DO e.g. “I don’t go bowling because it’s too expensive”, “Danny doesn’t play piano, but he plays guitar” or “Iris doesn’t do gymnastics in winter.”

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ENERGETIC: /ˌenərˈjedik/ (adjective)

Having or showing a lot of energy (or to be very active)

e.g. “Tom’s sister goes running for an hour every day and then goes to the gym, she’s very energetic.” / “I’m not very energetic, I prefer to watch TV or read than do sports.”

 

Tip: we usually use “energetic” to describe people and possibly animals, but not objects.

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The Imperative

We use the imperative to give orders, warnings or advice e.g. “Come here!”, “Listen to your mother”, or “Go to the doctor”.

We also use this form for recipes e.g. “Mix the ingredients together and cook for 5 minutes, then add the onions”.

 

Imperative = Infinitive verb (don’t use “to”!) without the subject.

 

Chop the vegetables. ✓

You chop the vegetables. X

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“Blend” [verb] /blɛnd/

 

  1. To mix two things together; “blend the milk and eggs in a bowl”.
  2. To use a machine to make certain food into liquid; “blend bananas and pears to make a tasty juice”.

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Used to VS Would

Used to + infinitive

Use:  to talk about things that happened in the past but no longer do now.

E.g. I used to smoke a packet of cigarettes a day but now I gave it up.

This structure can be used with both states and actions:

Alex used to have a beard when he was in his twenties. Now, he shaves every day. (STATE)

Alex used to work as an architect. Now, he teaches English. (ACTION)

 

Would + Infinitive

Use: when we are telling a story or recalling a situation from a long time ago, we often prefer to use would to describe repeated behaviour in the past. Both would and used to are possible:

E.g. I remember growing up. Life was simpler back then, we had no cares in the world. I would play football in the streets every day with my brothers and we would go to the beach every morning with our friends.

Very Important

Would can only be used to describe past events and actions. It is not usually used with states. To describe states we can only use used to:

E.g. Paul would  used to have a beard when he was in his twenties. He shaves every day now he’s 35.

If a past action did not happen regularly or repeatedly, we cannot use used to or would.

 

Remember:

A stative verb describes a state not an action. Some examples are:

love, hate, want, need, have, own, belong, know, prefer, be

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Witty

Pronunciation:  /ˈwɪti/
Definition: Showing or characterized by quick and inventive verbal humour. A great example of wit in English literature is the style of writing used by Jane Austen:

“A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can”.

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