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Maltese Lesson 1

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As you may know, I have been trying to get Maltese on here, but it hasn't happened yet. So, if you wanted to learn it, maybe you can learn a bit from these lessons that I will post.


<h1>Maltese Lesson 1 - Alphabet & Greetings</h1>

Alphabet

  • Maltese uses Latin script, with a few additional characters:

(Bold print for vowels, normal for consonants.)

Aa

Bb

Ċċ

Dd

Ee

Ff

Ġġ

Gg

Għgħ ('għ' is a single character and it is silent, but elongates the next vowel sound)

Hh (silent, but elongates the next vowel sound)

Ħħ

Ii

Ieie ('ie' is a single character)

Jj

Kk

Ll

Mm

Nn

Oo

Pp

Qq (a glottal stop - do not pronounce)

Rr

Ss

Tt

Uu

Vv

Ww

Xx

Żż

Zz

  • Get the pronunciations here.

Greetings

  • As in English, there are lots of different ways to greet people in Maltese. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Merħba! = Welcome! pronounce: 'MARE-huh-ba'

  • Bonġu = Good morning (This is casual, but most people greet each other this way) pronounce: 'BON-joo'

  • L-għodwa t-tajba = Good morning (Less used) pronounce: 'LOD-wa TY-bah'

  • Ħellow! = Hello! (One of the frequent loanwords. Pronounced the same as English)

  • Bonswa! = Good afternoon! (Actually used quite often) pronounce: 'BON-swa'

  • Saħħa! = Bye! (Commonly used) pronounce: 'SAH-ha'

  • Il-lejl it-tajjeb! = Good night! (Before parting for the night) pronounce: 'ill-ALE it-TY-ebb'


Learn these, then come back (next week hopefully) for more!

Grazzi ħafna!

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https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

OMG! Love it. You need to continue it

3 years ago

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Thanks, I will!

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Because I can only upvote once, have ten lingots.

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Grazzi ħafna!

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Hmm... sounds a bit Frenchy

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There is the very occasional French influence from when Napoleon was there ('bonswa' for one), but for the most part, you wouldn't even know there was any French in it at all.

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Prince George

there to Malta to learn

and giggle

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He did once actually. Some British royals have hidden out in Malta in the past.

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I think the wee prince has giggled more than once

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And I'm not sure if you know or not, but...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mamemame187

Grazzi! I'm part Maltese and have wanted to learn it for quite awhile now! Hopefully Duolingo accepts your application...

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He didn't apply, he wants to learn Maltese too...

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Well that could have been more clear...

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I'm part Maltese too. Four people that I know of have applied, but I don't have enough of the language to do so.

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Make that five! Just applied after seeing your discussion as to why Maltese should be offered on here

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Still no maltese in Duolingo??

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Apparently!

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My maltese employer would like to pay us non-maltese employees a course in the local language, but they can't find a good one. After all, a few hours a week for a few months are never enough to learn a completely new language. I told them the best option would be to have maltese on Duolingo. How come it's not there yet?

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The staff at Duolingo have just decided not to add it yet. I really hope they do sooner rather than later. Do you work in Malta?

Here is all my other Maltese stuff if you've not seen it yet.

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I love Malta!!!! I was there for one month and it was amazing month in amazing family. So I give you two thumbs up. You have to continue it.

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Grazzi, you can rest assured I will!

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perfecto :D

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I would like to promote the idea of Duolingo Maltese course, I have some ideas, I will try something...

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Yes! Duolingo, we NEED a Maltese course. Unfortunately, the majority of people who learn Maltese are part Maltese and it is sad. Being half Maltese I know a few words but not enough to say sentences in the interesting language. Please Duolingo, make a Maltese course!

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Just donated 40 Lingots for this important cause! How to count up to 8 in Maltese 1 – wieħed (pronounced weer-head) 2 – tnejn (te-neigh) 3 – tlieta (clee-ta) 4 – erbgħa (air-ba) 5 – ħamsa (hump-sa) 6 – sitta (seet-a) 7 – sebgħa (seba) 8 – tmienja (te-min-ya)

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BONJU JIEN JISIMNI BOSELLI123

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