A country's language is symbolic of its people and their history. Over the centuries, Maltese has been shaped by a number of influental countries.

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.Maltese 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 fare share of 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.

Your First Maltese Lesson

Click on the links below to hear the Maltese Pronounciation.

HelloMerhba Play
Good dayBongu Play
ByeSahha Play
PleaseJekk Joghgbok Play
Thank youGrazzi Play
That oneDak Play
How much?Kemm? Play
YesIva Play
NoLe Play
SorryJiddispjacini Play
I don't understandMa nifhimx Play
CheersSahha Play
Do you speak English?Titkellem bl-Ingliz? Play
What's your name?X'jismek Play
My name is JamesJien jisimni James Play
Malta is a beautiful islandMalta hija gzira sabiha Play