Stepping into a new country is always exhilarating, especially when you are faced with the challenge of communication. Upon your arrival in Malta you will not only be captured by the warm welcome you will receive but also the ease of communicating as English is so widely spoken because Maltese people are bi-lingual, English as well as Maltese are national languages.
The Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans all contributed to the development of Maltese which is why it is a language all of its own.
However it was the invasion of the Arabs that had the most profound effect, hence it is a Semitic language written in the Latin alphabet with a twist of Italian and French and a few English words thrown in. Malta is now listed as an official EU language.