Duo goes to Malta
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!
I don't think I've seen anyone ask for a language in such a fun and interesting way. Thanks and go Maltese!
Grazzi għall-inkoraġġiment tiegħek! (Thank you for your encouragement! I probably got something wrong there. I only have a little Maltese) .
"Tal-inkuraġġiment" is correct. "Għall-inkuraġġiment" sounds like a literal translation of English to Maltese.
The Maltese course really needs to happen and I'm sad to see that even after five years, we're no closer to it happening. I'd love to help, but I think I'm too busy at the moment.
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
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? ;-)
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!
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
Awesome.:) It certainly seems like an interesting language. Great work on the mock-ups.
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.
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.
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.
For a second I thought that Maltese was really in the incubator. Dumb me.
This was super creative! I wish I could do something like this with Luxembourgish!
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!
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)
If we could get this to the Top All Time list maybe we could get the Duolingo staff to notice!
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.
This is genius. Great artwork and idea. I'm glad to see myself as a contributor! :) Let's hope it really happens.
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.
Well, I was taking into account the fact that some non-Maltese people would speak it too.
It is, substantially more that Irish. That is why I thought that should be very possible to get it on.
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... :(
That's why it must be brought back! Malta has a beautiful and unique culture, and the language is very much part of it.
I can probably guess what that is without going into it! Something about an Italian...?
I just realized that I'm not the only person who does Phrases before Basics 2! gasp
Aw. Why don't they make this a course seriously! I submitted an application but I doubt there's enough support :(
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!
what o.O how do you reach 25 in everything. It takes forever just to get to 18.
It'd be cool if the circle and "25" changed to a rectangular flag when you hit 25.
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 :)
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) (:
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.
nice story! how did you put the pictures on there.
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.
Ah ha! So it was you! Fantastic, now I can stalk your Maltese Quest across the boards. :D
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!)
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!
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 :)
fluctuating by the day :) Korean would be nice as I'm currently learning to read + type it, and have a Korean flatmate.
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.
Do they windsurf even in December, like in Sicily? Thanks for all your info on this ultra-fascinating culture! :)
I'm not certain, though I don't see why not, seeing as it only rains once a week in winter there (on average).
It would be great if we could all speak to each other in each other's languages. That's what we have Duolingo for!
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.
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.
I don't blame you. It's impossibly delicious. Did you notice a lot of advertisements for it?
No, actually, I don't remember any. I heard it was the national drink so I tried in a cafe.
I saw advertisements outside almost every café, but predominantly in Gozo. You can buy it most anywhere in Malta.
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
No, I'm afraid it's actually not on Duolingo yet. It will get here eventually!
Grazzi ħafna! Xinhi l-lingwa favorita tiegħek? Il-favorita tiegħi hija il-Malti (ovvjament).
You are welcome!! (: I would have to say that French, Swedish, Italian & Irish have been my favorites so far, actually! ^_^
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?
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!
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!
Hello!!! I am from Malta too and I would LOVE to contribute to this!! Pls Reply and tell me how can i???
jekk joghgbokk tista tghieni biex nitghallem il malti il malti tieghi muhx hazin imma nista nitkallem bil malti ma in niex ta malta
Please, create a Maltese course! This would be so useful, it's hard to find Maltese courses anywhere :)