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. Maltese is now listed as an official EU language.
You will be able to get your first Maltese lesson by hearing a few common phrases in Maltese below.(Please ensure that your speakers are on!) It is a difficult language to pick up so with a little help from these useful phrases you will be able to gain a better understanding of the pronunciation and meaning.
|I don't understand||Ma nifhimx||Play|
|Do you speak English?||Titkellem bl-Ingliz?||Play|
|What's your name?||X'jismek||Play|
|My name is James||Jien jisimni James||Play|
|Malta is a beautiful island||Malta hija gzira sabiha||Play|