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!
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
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
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.
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... :(
"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.
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.
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 :)
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!
I have friends who just moved to Malta/Gozo!! Would LOVE to learn!!