Well, then you can probably skip this post. Thanks for checking in :) Those of you still with me, let's learn a couple words and phrases.
The Maltese language is thought to have developed as a variation of Sicilian Arabic. This form of Arabic hasn't been spoken in Sicily in over 700 years but it stuck with the Maltese and developed into the Maltese language used today. Because the country was controlled by so many other countries, there are many words that are French, Arab, Spanish, Italian, Latin, German, Portuguese, and English. In 1800, when the country was governed by the British, they tried to change the official language to English, but when the Maltese gained their independence in 1964, both Maltese and English were given the role of "official language".
Hello- hawn Goodbye- caw Please- jekk joghgbok
Thank You- grazzi Yes- iva No- le I love you- Inhobbok
1- wiehed ( WEE-hed) 2- thejn (tneyn) 3- tlieta (TLEE-ta)
4- erbgna (EHR-ba) 5- hamsa (HAM-sa) 6- sitta (SIT-ta)
7- sebgna (SEH-ba) 8- tmienja (tmeehn-ya)
9- disgna (DIH-sa) 10- ghaxra (AA-shra)
black- iswed white- abjad red- anmar blue- blu
yellow- isfar green- andar orange- orangjo purple- vjola
There, now you know the bare necessities of the Maltese language.
I could really see the influences of the other cultures in many of the words. Oh, I forgot one phrase-
L- iklat- tajba! It means Bon Appetit! You'll definitely need that phrase for my next post- we're making Pastizzi!!!!
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