https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption

Duo goes to Malta

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This is the story of when Duo went to Malta.

He went to Malta island first. If you are unfamiliar with the Maltese archipelago, here is a map:

Anyway, the first thing Duo saw was the capital city, Valletta. He walked through the streets, stopping in many museums along the way, including the National War Museum and the Palace Armoury of the Knights of St. John.

Next he took a trip to the Rotunda in Mosta, only one of the many beautiful churches on the Maltese islands.

This was followed by a stop-off at another beautiful church, this time in the city of Birkirkara...

Then, on his way to the island of Gozo, he passed over the Verdala palace, which is the summer residence of the President of Malta, who is (since 2014) Marie Louise Coleiro Preca.

At night time, Duo slept on top of Ta' Kola Windmill, Xagħra. The windmill dates back to 1725.

During the night, Duo woke up to visit the Ġgantija temples by night. Ġgantija is one of the oldest standing structures in Europe, dating from before Newgrange (Ireland), Stonehenge (England) and the Pyramids of Giza (Egypt).

Then, early in the morning, Duo made his way to the Inland Sea at Dwerja, where he enjoyed a dip in the water. Yes, I didn't know he could swim either.

After having a swim, he visited another church. The Church of St. John the Baptist is the third biggest church dome in Europe, and is a truly amazing piece of architecture, especially taken into account that it was built in the 1970s.

And finally, before heading back to, er, whichever country Duo lives in, he sailed in a luzzu , a type of small boat with eyes on the front. The eyes are called the Eyes of Horus. This custom survives from when the Phoenicians occupied Malta.

And by the time Duo was home again, he decided to make a Maltese course for English speakers! First it came out on the Incubator:

And finally, after months of waiting, Maltese for English Speakers made it into beta (with the Rotunda of Mosta as the landmark)!

Duolingo, please add Maltese soon!

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/swtoby
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Looks like Duo had an amazing trip! :)

I'd certainly give a Maltese course a try if they ever make one, so I'm in full support of your cause!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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Just another course to add to your level 25 collection!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nathansk8s
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what o.O how do you reach 25 in everything. It takes forever just to get to 18.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/swtoby
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Determination and lots of immersion. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/efisgpr
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It'd be cool if the circle and "25" changed to a rectangular flag when you hit 25.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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Iva, or had sparks coming out of it or something like that.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JennaHO
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I don't think I've seen anyone ask for a language in such a fun and interesting way. Thanks and go Maltese!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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Grazzi għall-inkoraġġiment tiegħek! (Thank you for your encouragement! I probably got something wrong there. I only have a little Maltese) .

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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This was genius! And I love what you did with the little Duos! Your project reminds me of the person who applied for some kind of design school. They made their resume into a chocolate bar. This is a 10 as far as course asks go! I hope you get it soon! :D

And an additional good: another Duolingo fanfiction comes into existence! =xD

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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I'm very happy you like it!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ReidHT
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I love it too :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/anthgrl
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Great story! When I first saw it I thought maybe Maltese had already been added...

BTW, is anyone else obsessively checking the incubator every day to see if the spots left by Darish have been filled yet? ;-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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Marvelous

I will join

with the owl

and do it

Maltese

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando
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Very nice attempt - for those of us who are speaking a germanic or romance language, especially italian, it is the best way to go about to learn a semitic language. We could learn maltese, and then arabic or hebrew - it is the easiest most effective way.

Go for Maltese!

Viva Malta

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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<h1>VIVA MALTA!</h1>
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https://www.duolingo.com/_gs9
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Wow! This is a very cool and fascinating post thanks for sharing. I've learnt a lot about Malta from this :) I must admit I know very little about Maltese apart from that it is a semetic language - which would certainly make it very interesting to study! Thanks again, I hope Duo adds Maltese soon :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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Maltese is a beautiful language. I'm glad to spread the culture!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zach1337

Awesome.:) It certainly seems like an interesting language. Great work on the mock-ups.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mitchell_MT
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What language family is Maltese related too?

4 years ago

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It is Semitic, with Italian influences. A very interesting mix.

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Awesome. I'm almost done with Italian.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pullearner

And then the duo goes series starts

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/johaquila
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First they spoke Phoenician on the island, which is a close relative of Hebrew. Later they got under Moorish rule for a while, so today's Maltese is most closely related to Arabic. Since Arabic is a relatively close relative of Phoenician (and Hebrew), it's hard to tell how much Phoenician there still is in Maltese. And yes, there is a lot of Romance influence as well.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesTWils
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I imagine they spoke something long before Phoenician. We talk about Phoenicians only from about the middle of the second millennium BC, when the oldest parts of the Ggantija temple complex had been standing for 2,000 years. Phoenician is the first language we can identify as having been spoken on Malta, though.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/angiedaytripper

It's Semitic like Arabic or Hebrew and it's the only Semitic language written in the Latin Alphabet. It's also got loads of English and Italian vocabulary because it's near Italy and was part of the British Empire for years. Most Maltese can speak Italian and/or English.

Apparently there's a lot of mutual intelligibility between Maltese and Arabic if you drop the Italian and English words and use the older vocabulary.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ThatOneKidJosh

For a second I thought that Maltese was really in the incubator. Dumb me.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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I wish!

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https://www.duolingo.com/ReidHT
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One day..

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RebeccaButtigieg

I applied :)

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This was super creative! I wish I could do something like this with Luxembourgish!

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https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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Don't worry, it's not trademarked!

4 years ago

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I don't have the skills to do this! But if I could do it, I would definitely be giving you credit for such a creative idea!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ikamjh
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Lets all upvote and give lingots (to the original comment I mean - not to this one) show support!! (Lingots speak more than upvotes in my opinion since you only have so many)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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Yes! Let's make this get noticed!

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https://www.duolingo.com/ReidHT
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If we could get this to the Top All Time list maybe we could get the Duolingo staff to notice!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ikamjh
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Lets do it!!!!!

Is that based on upvotes?? It seems that comments play a role on the "Popular" tab... It seems that if things have lots of comments they go up but I'm not sure.

4 years ago

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I think the top all time list is about upvotes.

4 years ago

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Yes, let's really go for it!

4 years ago

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Amazing :) I'd definitely take a Maltese course if it ever came!

4 years ago

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OH MY GREATNESS! This is sooooo cute! Yeah! I'd love to learn Maltese!

4 years ago

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Grazzi!

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Lovely story, can we upload this to a website and share it in immersion, although I'm not so sure we can upload the pics since they contain Duolingo's IP, but the story is just fine.

4 years ago

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Of course you can, I would be honoured!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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Done, I've added it to immersion.

4 years ago

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Thank you so much for doing that, I really am honoured.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Love it. Wish I could learn Maltese

4 years ago

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Glad to see enthusiasm.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

I know. I wish more people like small languages like me

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KansasBurri

How many people speak Maltese?

4 years ago

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418,366 +

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I love the 6 on the end of there before the plus... This seems like a time for sigfigs.

4 years ago

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And there are a lot more Maltese outside of Malta.

4 years ago

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Well, I was taking into account the fact that some non-Maltese people would speak it too.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KansasBurri

Grazzi :).

4 years ago

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Mhux problema!

4 years ago

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Thats more people than Irish!

4 years ago

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It is, substantially more that Irish. That is why I thought that should be very possible to get it on.

4 years ago

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Probably its harder because in the U.S. a ton of people are of Irish descent. Also there are Irish pubs in almost every town and city so people are familiar with Irishness... Also they like 3/17 as an excuse to get super drunk...

Most people in the U.S. can't even say they know a Maltese person... :(

4 years ago

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That's why it must be brought back! Malta has a beautiful and unique culture, and the language is very much part of it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CDuane

This is genius. Great artwork and idea. I'm glad to see myself as a contributor! :) Let's hope it really happens.

4 years ago

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I thought it only fair to put you in!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CDuane

Yes it is :) I already applied and I would like to contribute.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/efisgpr
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Good luck, guys! :) Thank you so much already!

4 years ago

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You needn't worry, three other have applied too. uuf6429, MichaelCamilleri and Moonraker. There could be more, I don't know.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/S0R0USH
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Lol I thought of this when I saw the title: [Bad language warning]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1TnzCiUSI0

4 years ago

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I can probably guess what that is without going into it! Something about an Italian...?

4 years ago

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Yes. The guy that wanted 2 piece on his plate. xD

4 years ago

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So I thought.

4 years ago

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I'd definitely be down for Maltese! I actually didn't know anything about Malta until someone on here enlightened me a month or two back (I'm truly sorry, the Username seems to have slipped my mind). Looks like a beautiful country, with a rich history, and a wonderful language. I'd also love Maltese for being able to bridge to the Semitics; I'm working my way through Italian and also hope to learn Arabic soon.

4 years ago

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Thank you! Actually, not to blow my own trumpet, but that person may possibly have been me, if this looks familiar.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AernJardos
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Ah ha! So it was you! Fantastic, now I can stalk your Maltese Quest across the boards. :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talysaur

I love the way you did this! I vote for Maltese as well!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Don.Rodrigo
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Not really relevant but now I have to think of that old parody of the Italian man that goes to Malta. This is the one for those interested. I apologise in advance for my terrible humor :P

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1TnzCiUSI0

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yimantuwingyai
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Wow! This was an amazing post! You put so much effort into this!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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Grazzi!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ReidHT
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I just realized that I'm not the only person who does Phrases before Basics 2! gasp

4 years ago

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I can't wait for phrases!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheWiseTurtle

Very nice image editing!

4 years ago

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I didn't! Duo really did go to Malta!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheWiseTurtle

Haha, Duo must be tired by now!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Azais
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Nice and original way to ask for a language :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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Grazzi ħafna!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tariqnisarahmed

pretty darn cute, too. have to admit.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Never thought of it

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/makiminami
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Now you're making me excited for Maltese... :D And Duo must have had a wonderful trip in Malta! You're making me want to go there!

Oh, and lovely Maltese course description :)

4 years ago

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Haha, grazzi ħafna! Yes, Duo really enjoyed himself.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hinterland

Very nice. Maltese is an exceptionally interesting language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/araparseghian
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Surprised Duo didn't get to see my favorite Maltese city: Birkirkara!

4 years ago

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Okay, I have stuck that in.

4 years ago

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Okay, I'll add that in soon!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Leya_1
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I enjoyed Duo's story of his trip to Malta. It looks beautiful.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jackmchugh12

looka great :) What language family is maltese from?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Equillibrium

Can anybody give me a video of Maltese spoken? I would love to give it a try it because it is similar to one of my native languages (both are Semitic - Maltese & Hebrew) (:

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zach1337

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhnhkGRVtOE

You start to hear Maltese at about 9 seconds into the video.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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That is a great video. Nice to see the prime minister's (yes, that's the prime minister for those who don't know) passion for his native language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AernJardos
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That is an amazing video.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KrazyKaderKat

nice story! how did you put the pictures on there.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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Like this: ![](url)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fyeahjasontodd

lol that was cute.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Stijn_

An original way to ask for a language :-D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lc_sar

Ha! I'd heard of the Maltese falcon, but never the Maltese owl! Duo, you're gonna be a star! (If you ever add Maltese, that is!)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolind
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I love the idea. Do you know anyone who might have the qualifications to apply to be an incubator? What language family does Maltese belong to? Someone says "Semitic" somewhere along the thread. Is that it? Cool!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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uuf6429, MichaelCamilleri, CDuane and Moonraker have applied for it. There could be more, I'm not sure. And yes, it is a Semitic language, but with English and Italian influences.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/efisgpr
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just pitched in like 6 lingots. That was awesome!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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Thank you for your generosity! Take two back!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sarefo
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Aw, for a moment I had my hopes up that this could already be real :) Actually, Maltese is in my Top 3 of courses I hope for (1 is Cantonese), Arabic + Italian + English, written in Latin script, how cool is that? :D Full disclosure: I met the probably only Jewish, gay, half-British, alcoholic Maltese on this planet, he was cool :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thijmen98
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And what is number two?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sarefo
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fluctuating by the day :) Korean would be nice as I'm currently learning to read + type it, and have a Korean flatmate.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Robert_Heslop
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I actually have a friend from Malta and I think it would kind of be cool for me to speak to him in his own language, rather than us speaking in plain old English.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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They really love it when you speak in their language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/efisgpr
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Do they windsurf even in December, like in Sicily? Thanks for all your info on this ultra-fascinating culture! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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I'm not certain, though I don't see why not, seeing as it only rains once a week in winter there (on average).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Robert_Heslop
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I would love to be able to speak to him in his language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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It would be great if we could all speak to each other in each other's languages. That's what we have Duolingo for!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thijmen98
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Will this course be made now, or not?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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I certainly hope so!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/miacomet
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Wow! Now I want to learn Maltese because of this post! Your art and editing is really impressive. For a second, I thought they were screenshots of an incubator course that I had somehow missed. Duolingo should hire you! :) Good luck getting accepted in the incubator.

4 years ago

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<h1>Grazzi!</h1>
4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fr224
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You forgot the best part- Kinnie!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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Oh, Kinnie is amazing!

You've obviously been to Malta?

For those who don't know what Kinnie is, it's a fizzy drink you can only buy in Malta, and it tastes impossibly good.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fr224
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I went last summer on a cruise. I tried it in some city (I think it was Valletta), and ended up bringing a large bottle back on the ship.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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I don't blame you. It's impossibly delicious. Did you notice a lot of advertisements for it?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fr224
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No, actually, I don't remember any. I heard it was the national drink so I tried in a cafe.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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I saw advertisements outside almost every café, but predominantly in Gozo. You can buy it most anywhere in Malta.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RebeccaButtigieg

I love it! Vera sabiħa!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RebeccaButtigieg

I love it! Vera sabiħa!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarizaBorg

Love it, Maltese deserves to be added after that effort. Gee our very own duo in Malta, who would have thought? Come on peoples, get your act together.............lol

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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Grazzi! Duo għandu bżonn tal-Malti!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AidenHerrera

So I could learn this? Is it ready? How did he sign up?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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No, I'm afraid it's actually not on Duolingo yet. It will get here eventually!

4 years ago

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This was simply brilliant (: I adored this!!

4 years ago

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Grazzi ħafna! Xinhi l-lingwa favorita tiegħek? Il-favorita tiegħi hija il-Malti (ovvjament).

4 years ago

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You are welcome!! (: I would have to say that French, Swedish, Italian & Irish have been my favorites so far, actually! ^_^

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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Did man's best friend help you out there! :)

And like any good friends, it is severely flawed. I did not say 'Thanks a lot! L'X'huwa your favorite language? My Maltese (obviously!)'.

Nice choices.

4 years ago

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Yes I did use it, since I don't know Maltese, haha! But when I read the translation... It seemed a bit off. So I tried to answer the gist of what I thought you said LOL ... So what did you say then?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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No, you're alright, that is basically what I said. It's just, Translate really did come out with some rubbish. I admire them for having Maltese, though!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BryanAJParry
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Malta is a wonderful country that I fell in love with when I visited it more-or-less on a whim. And the language is really great, too. I think many language nerds would be delighted to learn Maltese, what with it being the only Semitic language to use the Roman alphabet, and it's HEAVY borrowing from Italian, English, and other languages.

PLEASE, Duolingo, we need Maltese!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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Grazzi ħafna!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlecCaruana

Aw. Why don't they make this a course seriously! I submitted an application but I doubt there's enough support :(

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bowlerae

This is the cutest thing every, take a Lingot

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dunk999
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Has there been any updates on this?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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If you go to the directory, check the section called 'POSTS BY OTHER USERS'. The two posts by CaptainTomTom are incredibly significant and exciting!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bella_Maltese

Great job!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KarateKay35

Hello!!! I am from Malta too and I would LOVE to contribute to this!! Pls Reply and tell me how can i???

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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Fantastiku! Tista tagħmel applikazzjoni hawn: https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply

Inti għandek kont oħra, le?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/James90133

It would be fantastic to have the Maltese language available for all

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LuciaSammu

I'd love this.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BellaPunk2018

I have friends who just moved to Malta/Gozo!! Would LOVE to learn!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/esthmanz
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Please, create a Maltese course! This would be so useful, it's hard to find Maltese courses anywhere :)

4 months ago
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