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Every morning, the Maltese locals leave home for work and grab a hot coffee on their way to the office.  It’s the best coffee on the island, made from fresh coffee beans and of the richest quality. For lunch, they head to the small bakery which has the freshest bread and the most delicious ‘ftira’. And right after work, they go straight to the local pub with the strongest drinks, the friend..
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The atmosphere at the Isle of MTV Malta Special is electric.  Picture the vibe of 50,000 people in one place, for one reason, sharing the same taste in music and the same magical experience.  Imagine 50,000 people singing along to every song as the summer sun sets behind the stage. Since 2007, Malta has been hosting The Isle of MTV Malta special and this year..
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Looking for fun activities in Malta this July? Here are some of the best events this summer Malta International Arts Festival | 8th – 18th July 2016| Valletta Featuring both local and international artists, the Malta Inernational Arts Festival will be made up of a number of events which includes elements from music, to poetry, dance to film, theatre to literatu..
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NSTS English Language Institute will offer new Evening English Conversation Classes starting this coming September in an incentive to help individuals not only improve their English fluency skills, but to also develop their confidence when speaking in English.

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If you check any list classifying the best diving sites around the world, you’re sure to find Malta and Gozo mentioned prominently upon that list. And there are many reasons why.  Firstly, Malta’s strategic location and good weather means that the currents are warm, the water is clear and calm, and the visibility good especially throughout the summer months. >>Read more

Although summer might be coming to a close, there are still lots of activities and events taking place in Malta this September.  Here are our top picks! Rockestra | 10th September 2016 | MFCC, Ta’ Qali This great show gets better and better every year, and this year a number of very talented artists will be taking part in the show.  Tickets for adults start for €15 an..
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Once a year on the night of Notte Bianca, in the enchanting city of Valletta, windows in the street light up, doors open, and music fills the street.  Every year on this magical night, 60,000 people from different corners of the island flock to the city like children charmed by the magical music of the Pied Piper. Not far off from the setting of a fairy tale, the city Valletta comes to life for N..
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If you’re a foodie, make your way to one of the great unknown food spots before it makes it becomes big on the global culinary scene - Malta.  The mixture of bright sunshine and warm Mediterranean water lashing against the island’s shores makes Malta’s cuisine just as delicious as that of its Mediterranean neighbours France, Italy and Greece. Eat your way through juicy olives, fresh seafood..
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ISIC Malta and NSTS will be offering students the opportunity to win a scenic flight over Malta this year at Freshers’ Week. scenic flight >>Read more

Notte Bianca | 1st October 2016 | Valletta Every year on this magical night of Notte Bianca, 60,000 people from different corners of the island flock to Valletta and watch as the city comes to life! Notte Bianca, which literally means ‘White Night’, is celebrated all over the world and Malta is no exception >>Read more

As summer approaches, Malta starts bursting with activities and fun things to do.  Here’s a list of the top festivals and events taking place this May Malta International Food Festival | 6th – 8th May 2016 | Mdina What could be better than a Food Festival?! If your tummy grumbles for freshly prepared meals, delicious desserts and gastronomic alfres..
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Native speakers of English use phrasal verbs all the time when speaking.  Phrasal verbs are great ways to speak English more naturally and an easy way to improve your English!

1. Come down with something: to get sick

I’m not feeling very well, I think I’m coming down with the flu. ..
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Are you tired of seeing the same old faces on New Year's Eve? Do you want to see new landscapes, new environments, meet new people? Where better to spend the biggest party of the year than Malta! Whether you prefer a grand dinner with a set menu, a couple dsc_1458of ..
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Henry J. Bean's quiz night

Come along and join Hank for a fun quiz night. Test you teams’ general knowledge and win some great prizes. A night not to miss! Reserve your team table on +356 2370 2696. Price: €2.50 per person with a maximum of 8 people per team. Diners benefit from three hours complimentary parking. The quiz starts at 20:30 hrs. Location: Henry J Beans at the Corinthia..
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  This June, Malta has loads of events and activities to attend!  Here are our top picks! Valletta Film Festival | 3rd – 11th June 2016 | Valletta If you love films, documentaries  and anything to do with cinema, don’t miss the Valletta Film Festival with Maltese premiers of over forty international films! Director of Midnight Express and Evita ,..
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Expressions are a great way to improve your English skills and to speak more like a native English speaker.  Here are 5 easy-to-learn expressions to impression your friends, teacher, colleagues or even your boss! 1.      Short and sweet:  When something is short and efficient – not unnecessarily long or difficult Example: For once the meeting was short and sweet, and without a..
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Looking for events or for things to do this April in Malta? Have a look at NSTS’s top picks! International Spring Orchestra Festival | 1st – 9th April 2016 | Teatru Manoel, Valletta Calling all Classical Music Lovers! This April the International Spring Orchestra Festival will feature some beautiful classical music and amazing performers at Teatru Manoel with..
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Of course we would never encourage playing any of these April Fool jokes on your friends.  But just in case you were looking for some ideas, here are some classic ideas: 1. Create a paper cockroach and place it on the inside of a lamp.  When they switch on the lamp, they’ll see the       silhouette and think there’s a cockroach inside! >>Read more

 Delicious food, beautiful beaches, riveting festivals - there are so many reasons why to spend your school holiday in Malta, that we’ve made a list of the top 10!

10. Meet friendly people Malta has always been known for its warm hospitality and incredibly friendly people. It’s a great place to..
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NSTS recently welcomed a group of agents from Poland giving them a first-hand experience of what it’s like to learn English abroad whilst enjoying the sea, the sun and Malta’s amazing culture! Straight away we invited the agents to experience one of the many free social activities offered to students, as the guests enjoyed an Orientation Walk around Sliema..
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Did you know?

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1. There is no word in the English language that perfectly rhymes with orange, silver or purple. You can try to find one but trust us there aren’t any.

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Written by NSTS intern Claire Villiers

I’ve been doing an internship at NSTS in Malta for about ..
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There have been several studies investigating why people live longer and are generally happier in Mediterranean countries than anywhere else in Europe. Research suggests that this could mainly be due to the Mediterranean diet, which consist of plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, locally caught fish and the popularity of consuming olives which has several health benefits. The healthiness of the ..
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Teaching English as a Foreign Language is a rewarding career choice. You can help others improve their English communication skills, which will provide them with a better employability position as English remains the global business language. Being able to speak and write in English isn’t only a basic requirement in today’s job market but it can also open the door to many other opportunities s..
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As reported in Times of Malta, an antique map of Malta has been discovered in a German library dating back to 1798 - the same year when Napoleon occupied the island. The map includes Filfla, th..
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The local public transport operator has recently revealed that electronic ticketing will be introduced in the coming days (Times of Malta, 10th April) "NSTS, local representatives of the >>Read more

As studying and working abroad is becoming the normal way of living nowadays, most educational institutes and organisations are requesting internationally recognised qualifications. Even if you are not planning to relocate to a new country, having well-known qualifications will make your application stand out from the competition. Without these certifications, proving that your English skills a..
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NSTS OWL Our company logo has been the wise Owl for many years now, representing knowledge and wisdom. We wanted it to have a fresh, modern look as even though we ha..
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1 Does it ever rain here? During the summer months there is plenty of sunshine averaging at 12 hours a day and temperatures are around 30ºC but it does rain occasionally. The average rainfall in July is a tiny 0.2 mm however, when autumn arrives so does the thunder and the rain. Even though the rain can be heavy at times the temperature remai..
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ISO accreditation   We are thrilled to announce that we have successfully obtained our ISO 9001:2008 CERTIFICATION! Our quality management is in..
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NSTS English Language Institute is delighted to be officially recognised for its expertise. The Eaquals Inspectors identified points of excellence in the following categories: Management and Administration, Learning Environment and External Communications. EAQUALS– Excellence in Language Education is an internationally renowned associ..
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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and you want to tell that special someone how you feel about him / her, but repeating ‘I love you’ is not quite explaining it enough? Let us expand your vocabulary and use these phrases instead:  
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As part of the 2016 FELTOM ELT Malta Workshop, our wonderful agents were not only invited to discover Malta crystal blue water and deep historical and cultural heritage, but were also invited to visit our welcoming school, the NSTS English Language Institute.  After receiving a tour of the school’s modern and air-conditioned classrooms and indulging in some traditional Maltese food prepared wit..
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Malta is the perfect holiday destination whether it’s for sightseeing or adventure.  This little island has been formed from a fusion of cultures and historical adventure providing plenty of museums, historical buildings, and beautiful architecture to interest any traveller!   Although Malta is small in size, there are so many things to do that we had to list our best picks that absolutel..
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We’ve got some easy tips which will have you improve your English in no time!  
  1. Did you know that we say that we travel ON a bus, ON a train, ON a boat, ON a plane but IN a taxi?
  2. And that we say IN the morning, IN the afternoon, IN the evening, but AT night?
  3. If we use a time expression like, ‘in 1999’ or ‘yesterday’ we must always use the past si..
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PAST SIMPLE, PRESENT PERFECT OR PAST PERFECT?

English grammar can be a bit tricky sometimes. Many students get confused when to use the past simple, present perfect and past perfect. With these easy tips you’ll never make a mistake again! Let’s look at the verb ‘To Eat’ Past Simple:                       A..
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Carnival in Malta kicked off yesterday with lots more activities and events to attend over the weekend!

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