Learn Maltese online: full course

Learn Maltese online: full course

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Lesson 0: Promo video

Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: About the course

Lesson 3: Why study Maltese

An introduction to the Maltese language
Maltese originally comes from Sicily, as settlers came from there around the year 1100 in Malta. Nowadays, it is a mix from mainly Italian, Arabic, English and some French. Those influences can clearly be noticed when learning the language. Knowing any of those will help you a lot. Maltese became the official language, together with English, in Malta in 1934. It is the only semitic language written with Latin letters. Maltese is as well closely related to Tunisian Arabic.
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Around the world, there are around 500.000 native Maltese speakers. About 400.000 of them live in Malta. The others live mainly in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. Due to the accession to the European Union, many Maltese immigrated to Brussels in Belgium.
The Maltese language is regulated by the National Council for the Maltese Language (Il-Kunsill Nazzjonali tal-Ilsien Malti, that’s not so difficult isn’t it - ilsien means language). The Council was created in 2005. Its task is to promote the use of standard Maltese and to regulate the new words coming into Maltese (words like mowbajl - which means cell phone, you guessed it right).
So, let’s start learning some Maltese!
Read more about the Council to inform you about the Maltese language there’s also a Maltese version.
And there’s more about the Maltese language on Wikipedia as well. You'll understand better where it comes from.
Lesson 4: The verb to be in Maltese (flashcards with all tenses of to be here)

Lesson 5: Your first dialogue

Lesson 6: Words from the first dialogue

A PDF with the vocabulary is here.

Lesson 7: The first dialogue with explanations

Lesson 8: Tip

1) Do hu and huwa mean the same, namely 'they (are)'?
           a) Yes b) sometimes c) No d) I don't know
2) Ma nafx means...
           a) Afternoon, b) See you! c) There is not. d) I don't know.
3) How do you say 'nice to meet you in Maltese?
           a) Tajjeb narak b) Għandi pjaċir. c) Inti veru/vera tajjeb/tajba
4) Kif inti? is a question used at the end of a conversation.
           a) True b) sometimes true c) false
5) Skuzani, mhux is-student tiegħi, naħdem il-wara nofsinhar. would be something said by...
           a) A teacher b) Students who are not sure when they have to come to work c) Unemployed foreigners d) Foreign workers who came to work at the wrong time

Solutions quiz: 1c,  2d, 3b, 4c, 5a
Lesson 9: The alphabet

Lesson 10: Reading exercise

Lesson 11: Words of the reading exercise
A PDF with the words seen is here.

Lesson 12: Reading tip: some interesting websites

1 Għ and h are unpronounced consonants
            a) true b) false
2 What means Dejjem nogħod ħdejn il-uffijċċu tiegħi?
            a) I live around the office of my boss.  b) Before, I lived in the office's buildings c) I always live in the neighbourhood of my office
3  Mela and mbagħad mean more or less the same.
            a) True b) false
4 Isma' means now, and issa means listen.
            a) No, they both don't really mean much, like mela. b) True. c) False, isma' means 'be able to'. Issa on the other hand is correct. d) False, it's the other way around. Issa is now, isma' is listen.

Solutions: 1a, 2c, 3a, 4d
Lesson 13: Verbs: a secret revealed

Lesson 14: NTJt verbs

Exercises (translate the sentences)
  1. We enter the house.
  2. She writes already.
  3. I see they buy the school.
  4. I can drink during my break.
  5. I say, read now!
  6. You are from France. (you in the plural)
  7. He reads what they write.
  1. We enter the house. = Nidħlu id-dar.
  2. She writes already. = Diġa tikteb.
  3. I see they buy the school. = Nara jixtru l-iskola.
  4. I can drink during my break. = Nista' nixrob matul il-brejk tiegħi
  5. I say, read now! = Nigħd, aqra/aqraw issa!
  6. You are from France. (you in the plural) = Intom minn Franza.
  7. He reads what they write. = Jaqra x'jiktbu.

Lesson 15: The infinitive and imperative

Lesson 16: tip dictionaries

1. The NTJt trick helps you conjugate all Maltese verbs in the present, except to be.
   a) True b) false, there's more exceptions c) false, to be also follows the trick
2. Tiftaħ means...
   a) You/she enter/enters b) You/she open/opens c) She enters d) none of the solutions on the left
3. The feminine form in the plural is used...
   a) Only for NTJt verbs b) In other verbs, but not for NTJt verbs c) only in special cases like to be d) none of the other answers
4. By knowing the present tense of the verb, I automatically know the verb stem (mamma), which helps me to find the verb in the dictionary.
   a) True, verb stem is the third person singular in the present b) False, the mamma can't be found in the dictionary c) false, the verb stem is the third person singular in the past d) none of the other answers
5. A verb you don't know yet, to wash. What's the imperative plural?
   a) aħslu b) aħsel

Solutions: 1b, 2b, 3d, 4c, 5a
Lesson 17: tourists' secrets

Lesson 18: To have

Lesson 19: To have dialogue

Lesson 20: Words to have
A PDF with the words learnt in this lecture is here.

Lesson 21: Dialogue with corrections

Lesson 22: pronouns

Lesson 23: Talk to colleagues

1. What does the expression 'kemm għandek żmien?' means?
  a) how much money do you have? b) how did you get those? c) how old are you?
2. The plural of ħanut is...
  a) ħanuti b) ħnuti c) ħanutijiet d) ħwienet e) ħanutiet
3. When you ask għaliex, you will receive as an answer...
  a) A place, for example 'il-Belt'. b) A person, for example 'Mark' c) a reason, for example 'għandu bżonn' d) A time, for example 'issa'. e) It's one of the answers, but the example is wrong.
4. Bħalna means...
  a) In us b) with us c) to us d) none of the above
5. 'With someone' is conjugated as follows according to the endings of the endings of the verb 'to have' in Maltese: miegħi, miegħek, miegħu, magħha, magħna, magħkom, magħhom
  a) It doesn't follow the endings of the verb to have. b) correct c) correct, but there's one mistake in the conjugation d) correct, but there's 2 or more mistakes in the conjugations.

Solutions: 1c, 2d, 3c, 4d, 5b
Lesson 24: relationships

Lesson 25: Flirt, the dialogue

Lesson 26: Flirt, new words

Here's a PDF with the words learnt.

Lesson 27: Flirt, the dialogue again

Lesson 28: the article

Lesson 29: language exchange
Meet other language learners on this website (New Maltese learners every week there, check as well the lessons) or here.

Lesson 30: the negative

1. To whom can't you say 'naħseb fik'?
   a) Your mother b) your favourite musician c) your partner d) none of the other answers
2. In the office in Maltese is...
   a) Fil-uffiċċju b) fl-uffiċċju c) f'uffiċċju d) none of the other answers
My book with common words!
3. If you're romantically interested in a boy/man, the answer to the questions 'inti għarus?' you hope for the most is:
  a) Iva b) Le c) Forsi d) his has nothing to do with another
4. Imma and pro mean the same.
  a) True b) False
5. The female of ħabib is...
  a) ħbieba b) ħabibi c) ħabiba d) there is no female version

Solutions: 1d, 2b, 3b, 4a, 5 c

Bonus: the 50 most used words in Maltese (flashcards for the 100 here):

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