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Maltese Lesson 8

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 8 - Transport & Telling the Time</h1>

Transport

  • The following are some common forms of transport in Maltese, listed like this - singular / plural:

  • car = karozza / karozzi ('karr-OT-sah / karr-OT-see')

  • train = ferrovija / ferroviji ('ferr-OVE-ee-ya / ferr-OVE-ee')

  • bus = xarabank / xarabanks ('SHA-rah-bank / SHA-rah-banks')

  • ship = vapur / vapuri ('vap-URR / vap-URR-ee')

  • boat = dgħajsa / dgħajjes ('DIE_-sah / DIE_-ess')

  • truck = trakk / trakkijiet ('trAkk / trAkk-ee-yeet')

  • aeroplane = ajruplan / ajruplani ('EYE-roo-plann / EYE-roo-plann-ee')

  • van = vann / vannijiet ('vAnn / vAnn-ee-yeet')

  • bicycle = rota / roti ('RO-tah / RO-tee')

  • helicopter = ħelikopter / ħelikopters ('HELL-ee-kop-terr / HELL-ee-kop-ters')

  • motorcycle = mutur / muturi ('moo-tUrr / moo-tUrr-ee')

  • ambulance = ambulanza / ambulanzi ('am-boo-LAN-tsah / am-boo-LAN-tsee')

  • (main) road = triq (prinċipali) / triqat (prinċipali) ('TREE-prinn-chee-PALL-ee / TREE-at-prinn-chee-PALL-ee')

  • As you will have gathered from that, Maltese isn't great for patterns - you just have to learn them!


Telling the time

  • Unlike in many languages, telling the time in Maltese is actually pretty simple. There are a few things you need to know:

  • ta' filgħodu = in the morning

  • ta' wara nofsinhar = in the afternoon

  • ta' filgħaxija = in the evening

  • ta' billejl = in the night


  • The numbers change very slightly when you are telling the time. Here they are:

  • is-siegħa = one o'clock

  • is-sagħtejn = two o'clock

  • it-tlieta = three o'clock

  • l-erbgħa = four o'clock

  • il-ħamsa = five o'clock

  • is-sitta = six o'clock

  • is-sebgħa = seven o'clock

  • it-tmienja = eight o'clock

  • id-disgħa = nine o'clock

  • l-għaxra = ten o'clock

  • il-ħdax = eleven o'clock

  • nofsillejl = twelve o'clock (midnight)

  • nofsinhar = twelve o'clock (noon)


If it is 'something' past 'something' , one says 'u' (meaning 'and') after the time, as one does in Spanish. If it is 'something' to 'something' , one says 'neqsin' after the time. Here are few examples:

  • Il-ħamsa u kwart = Quarter past five

  • Is-sebgħa u nofs = Half past seven

  • Is-sagħtejn neqsin għaxra = Ten to two

  • Nofsinhar neqsin kwart = Quarter to twelve


Time for some more questions:

I. How do you say 'it is twenty past five' in Maltese (revise the numbers here)?

II. How do you say 'my car is red' in Maltese(revise the colours and possesives here)?

III. Translate the following:

  • muturi

  • nofs

  • għandi nofs tax-xarabank

Note: that last sentence makes no sense, but you should be able to translate it.


Xorti tajba ma' dan! More next week.

Grazzi ħafna!

StrapsOption

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November 15, 2014

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-Katrina.-

Grazzi ħafna! (Oh, by the way, it says lesson 7 at the top, not lesson 8) :)


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

That's very similar to Arabic!! I like how it's so easy to learn Maltese :)


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

You're correct in saying it is very similar to Arabic, but it is actually quite a difficult language once you really get into it. Glad you like it!


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

One note. The term xarabank is really used only for classic (no longer used) Maltese buses. Currently buses are called "il-karozza tal-linja".

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