Why Duolingo should have a Maltese Course

As you may know, I have recently been doing a lot of campaigning for a Maltese course on Duolingo. You can see all of my posts and a list of course applicants here.

So why should there be a Maltese course?

Now I'm going to say why I think we should have it...

Why is it interesting?

  • Maltese is the only Semitic language in the European Union.

  • Maltese is the only Semitic language that is written in the Latin script.

  • It is the only living descendant of the Siculo-Arabic dialect spoken by Arabs who settled in Sicily.

  • It has a unique sound due to the combination of very different influences.

Why is it useful?

  • Maltese is heavily Arabic based, but made easier because of Italian and English influences, in addition to the fact that it is in a familiar alphabet.

  • Maltese speakers have told me that they can properly communicate with Arabic speakers.

  • Malta is a very popular tourist destination, and they absolutely love it when a tourist speaks to them in Maltese.

Any other reasons?

  • I'm sure many Duolingoers would like to eventually have all the official EU languages on Duolingo, and Maltese would be one step further.

  • Maltese is a beautiful sounding language.

  • While Maltese has substantially more speakers than Irish and Esperanto (over 418,000), it is still a very small language, and English is overused in Malta. One of the aims of the Incubator is, of course, to help bring back and popularise small and endangered languages.

So as always...

<h1>Learn Maltese!!!</h1>

September 13, 2014


I'd be really tempted to try this out if it ever comes to Duolingo, which I hope it will! If I ever do learn Arabic, and Italian, it could help me a lot. Anyway, I'd love to see it on here! A random chooser made my Language Fun Facts of the day Maltese, so stay tuned!

September 13, 2014

Thanks for your support, and I look forward to your post!

September 13, 2014

I'd love to learn it, as well.

September 13, 2014

:) I'm a native Maltese speaker and I'm trying to teach it here but people have to pick it

January 10, 2015

How can people pick it? I'd like to learn some Maltese...

May 20, 2015

I have a friend who speaks Maltese, he had to learn it because he was working for IBM, helping to build a Maltese interface. He actually lived on Malta for a year and really enjoyed it! I would love this course! It sounds very interesting, especially because of the mixture of different words (created by a mixture of cultures). Thank you for posting these wonderful facts, and thank you for your persistence in whipping up enthusiasm for a Maltese course!

September 15, 2014

Thank you for your kind words! Could you possibly get this friend of yours to apply?

September 15, 2014

I don’t think so, he’s very busy and has a wife and kids, he wouldn’t have time.

September 15, 2014

Owkej, grazzi għall-għajnuna tiegħek. That means: 'okay, thanks for your help'. I do have some Maltese, but not enough to be a contributor. One needs to be fluent.

September 15, 2014

Good on you StrapsOption but I'm not a he!

September 20, 2014

Oh, very sorry, I'll change that!

September 21, 2014

No worries

September 22, 2014

I wanna learn Maltese!

November 30, 2014

Then I have succeeded - grazzi!

November 30, 2014

Dear StrapsOption ,

I just stumbled across you post arguing in favor of a Maltese course on Duolingo.

I deeply love Malta and am facilitated by the unique language spoken there. There are so many aspects of the language that would make it worthwhile to learn it, not least because of the wonderful Maltese people. I’d really love to see such a course here and would most definitely enroll.

Let's push this forward.



January 28, 2015



Truer words are rarely spoken.

<h1>Maltese shall have victory!</h1>

January 28, 2015

I'd be tempted to have a look in on Maltese were it to come out on Duolingo, so I look forward to any progress with applications.

I also heard that Maltese possibly has a relation to Punic, the lost language of ancient Carthage. And it has that cool Semitic consonantal root system, apparently, too!

September 13, 2014

Yes, that's true. The Phoenicians once colonised Malta, as did the Romans and Arabs.

September 13, 2014
  • 1805

Maltese is the only descendant of the Siculo-Arabic language spoken in Sicily - and, of course, in Malta - between the IX and XII century. It was the language of very important personalities of that time, the poet Muhammad Ibn Hamdis and the leader Jawhar al-Siqilli (who founded Cairo in Egypt), among them. So, as I'm Sicilian myself, I'd like to see a Maltese course here... but I'd still learn Standard Arabic first :P

Here is a sample of spoken Maltese, for the curious :)

September 13, 2014

Wow, it's beautiful! It's like Arabic mixed with a bit of Italian.

September 13, 2014

That's exactly what it's like.

September 14, 2014

Maltese would be really interesting! I would like to see Maltese come out on the Incubator!

P.S. I really liked Duo goes to Malta.

September 13, 2014

I put it there and I really wish I can help you :)

January 10, 2015

Grazzi ħafna!

September 14, 2014

I have lived in Malta and holiday there every year.I would definitely take any DuoLingo Maltese course to add to the little Maltese I already know.Grazzi Hafna

February 9, 2018

I moved to Malta a few months ago and would greatly value a Maltese course on Duolingo.

March 26, 2018

I'm so glad someone wants Maltese on here. I am trying to teach it but people have to choose it

January 10, 2015

How do people choose it?

January 11, 2015

I would love if Duolingo did this.... Grazzi hafna StrapsOption....napprezza!

June 16, 2018
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