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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StrapsOption

Do you feel like going to Malta yet?

Most of you probably know of my Maltese craze by now. For more information on Maltese in other discussions, go here.


One of the best reasons to learn Maltese is because the country is gobsmackingly beautiful. The archipelago is an overlooked diamond. It may be only 320km², but there is a new wonder at literally every corner. And not only that, there is also a huge range of amazing things to see, from the charming narrow streets and villages, to the mind-boggling magnificent churches and the ancient Megalithic temples. The message I'm trying to get across is...

<h1>The Maltese Archipelago is without doubt, one of the most amazing places on the planet.</h1>

First, we shall go to the second largest island of Gozo (Għawdex)...

Mġarr Harbour, Gozo

Marsalforn Salt Pans, Gozo

Church of St. John the Baptist, Gozo (Europe's 3rd biggest church dome.)

City of Victoria (or 'Rabat'), Capital City of Gozo

Typical Maltese street, Gozo

The Azure Window, Gozo

Ġgantija, Gozo (older than the Pyramids, Stonehenge and Newgrange.)


Now to the mainland, Malta island...

Capital city of Valletta, Malta

Valletta Waterfront, Malta

Mnajdra Megalithic Temples, Malta

Mosta Rotunda Church, Malta

Marsaxlokk Bay, Malta (You can't really see it here, but the boats have eyes on the front. This is believed to protect the sailors.)

Typical Maltese bus, Malta

Senglea Point, Malta


It's no wonder Malta's total annual tourist intake is well over three times the population!

Go to Malta, but more importantly,

<h1>LEARN MALTESE!</h1>
November 4, 2014

20 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/G0108

Malta was beautiful but Gozo was kind of a setback. Still worth visiting


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StrapsOption

I personally prefer Gozo. I find the mainland has too many buildings.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tnel1

You are wonderful! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StrapsOption

Int wisq gentil(a)!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeniusJack

Ok, now I want to go to Malta! :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rhythmixed

I really want to go to Malta now that I've heard all about it from you!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kristenangel

Oh my gosh! Malta looks beautiful


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OKAMOTO_Yusuke

Indeed, these pictures bring back memories of my amazing travel experience in Malta. Grazzie!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StrapsOption

Tant ieħor! By the way, 'grazzi' has no 'e' in it. Italian is 'grazie', Maltese is 'grazzi'.

How many of these places did you see?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OKAMOTO_Yusuke

Grazzi! StrapsOption, thanks for the correction and now I got it. I learned Maltese phrases on this site http://www.midmed-news.com/mlt_lng.html (in Japanese) for preparation of my travel. Among the sites depicted in the above pictures, I visited Mġarr Harbour, Church of St. John the Baptist, City of Victoria, Ġgantija, Capital city of Valletta, Mnajdra Megalithic Temples, Marsaxlokk Bay, Senglea Point. The classic buses are one of my most favorite in Malta, as I mentioned in the previous comment.

Other sites than those on the above pictures, I visited Hypogeum of Ħal-Saflieni, Mdina and Rabat (St. Paul's Cathedral, Catacombe), St. John's Co-Cathedral in Valetta, Three cities (Cospicua, Vittoriosa, Senglea), Mnajdra Shrine, Tarxien Shrine. That was really amazing, fantastic experience.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StrapsOption

Wow, you really saw the country! I should mention that the phrases aren't entirely accurate. Among other things, it leaves out the extra characters. However, I am very grateful for your making such an effort with the language. Il-Milied it-tajjeb!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OKAMOTO_Yusuke

Also, I would like to respect your effort to spread Maltese, and this is really joyful communication starting from "Hello in Lao". Il-Milied it-tajjeb and メリークリスマス!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JohnHS.

That is a pretty country!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

The busses have left now, though, haven't they? To be replaced by boring "modern" busses, first run by Arriva, than taken over by the gov't after things didn't work out.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StrapsOption

No, they're still about the place, but more so for tourist purposes. They do use boring buses too, though!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

I see - thank you!

Must get to Malta one of these days... perhaps as a homestay so I could actualy use my (as of yet basically nonexistent) Maltese for things like "good morning" and "thank you".

Not likely to be soon but who knows?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StrapsOption

Mhux problema!

Funnily enough, many people have gone to Malta without even knowing it. They come back saying 'I think I was in Malta', which is terrible, because it shows they didn't bother to take a look at the culture.

Sellotape your fingers crossed!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatityahuV

Looks pretty cool, but I think like many Americans Malta brings to mind few images beyond puppies, falcons, and Hispanic non-alcoholic malt beverages (in which case I prefer the Slavic equivalent kvass). Being a Semitic language, if Maltese is released on Duolingo I will probably give it a shot as I hope to try all of the languages on here. However, Semitic and Slavic languages are my primary interest.

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