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Maltese Lesson 6 - Hallowe'en Special!

Firstly, apologies that I missed the lesson last week! I will keep as up to date as I can!

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. This week, learn some Maltese Hallowe'en vocabulary!

<h1>Maltese Lesson 6 - Hallowe'en!</h1>
  • devil = xitan ('SHEE-tan')

  • pumpkin = qargħa ħamra ('Arr-ah HAM-ra')

  • ghost = spirtu ('spIrr-too')

  • monster = mostru ('MOSS-troo')

  • witch = saħħara (sAh-hah-rah')

  • rat = far ('fAhr')

  • death = mewt ('mOOt')

  • to kill = joqtol ('yoh-tAWl')

  • fear = biża ('BEE-zah')

  • horror = orrur ('ohr-OR')

  • to startle = ħasda ('HAZ-dah') or alternatively: qatgħa ('AT-ah')

  • sugar = zokkor ('tsOck-orr')

  • too much sugar = iżżejed zokkor ('izz-AY-edd tsOck-orr')

  • lantern = fanal ('FAH-nall')

  • candle = xemgħa ('SHEM-ah')

  • knife = sikkina ('sick-EE-nah')

  • festival = festa ('fEst-ah')

  • nighttime = bil-lejl ('bill-LAle')

  • help! = ajjut! ('ah-yOOt!')

  • blood = demm ('DEmm')

  • black cat = qattus iswed ('AH-tuss ISS-wed')

  • candy = kandju ('kAnd-yOO')

  • costume = kostum ('KOSS-toom')

  • evil = ħażin ('HAH-zeen') This also means 'bad'.

  • moon = qamar ('AH-marr')

  • dark = skur ('skUrr')

  • skeleton = iskeletru ('iss-KELL-et-roo')

  • spider = brimba ('brIm-bah')

  • I am a ghost = Jien spirtu ('yEEn spIrr-too')

  • Your costume is very good = Il-kostum tiegħek huwa tajjeb ħafna ('ill-KOSS-toom tEE-ekk OO-wah TIE-yeb HAF-nah')

  • Happy Hallowe'en! = The same, but if you want, you can say: Igawdu Hallowe'en! ('igg-OW-doo HALL-oh-wEEn') This literally means 'enjoy Hallowe'en'.

Maltese Hallowe'en

There is a village called 'The Popeye Village' in Malta. Is was the film set for the musical Popeye film made in 1980. The village has been done up for Hallowe'en.

A pumpkin-carving competition is being held at Valletta Waterfront. You can see a clip of them on the Times of Malta website. You can see someone carved a Maltese cross on their pumpkin at about 1:28 in the video! Some very interesting designs here...

Have a great Hallowe'en and keep learning!

Grazzi ħafna!


Missed the other five lessons? Here they are:
Maltese Lesson 1
Maltese Lesson 2
Maltese Lesson 3
Maltese Lesson 4
Maltese Lesson 5
Support the cause:
Why Duolingo should have a Maltese Course
Duo Goes to Malta
Maltese Language Resources

October 31, 2014



If endangered languages should be preserved because of uniqueness and historical value, Maltese should be at the top of the list. Good luck!

<h1>Grazzi ħafna!</h1>

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    Thank you for this!!!!


    Mhux problema! I really enjoy making these.


    I only vaguely remember the Popeye movie. I definitely didn't remember that it was a musical!
    You seem very committed to getting Malta added. I wish you the best of luck!


    It says here that it is. Maybe it had the odd song in it, I don't know, I never saw it.

    Thanks for the encouragement!


    Yeah, wiki has a list of the songs performed.
    I believe I was 6 when I saw it, so no surprise that I don't remember it as a musical.


    StrapsOption, why do you like Maltese so much? I mean, I am from Malta so its my language...


    Well, I am part Maltese, but that's not the biggest reason. It's an incredibly interesting language, but the biggest reason is that it just sounds so amazing.


    Because he is awesome :)

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