Maltese Language Basics

At varying levels, English is spoken and understood by all in Malta (in certain regions it is also the language of choice). Italian is also widely spoken. Having said this, attempting to say a couple of words in ‘Malti’ when seeking assistance or receiving a service will go a long way to break the ice and turn a hesitant local into an amiable character!

Essentials   (pronounced)
Yes Iva iva
No Le le
Please to meet you Ghandi pjacir undee pyachir
How are you ? Kif inti ? Kiyf intee
Do you speak English Titkellem bl-Ingliz titkellem blinglis
My name is Jisimni yisimnee
So long Caw chaw
Good morning Bongu bonju
Good evening Bonswa bonswa
Good night Il-lejl it-tajjeb illeyl itayeb
Good-bye Sahha sahha
Please Jekk joghgbok yek yojbok
Thank you Grazzi gratsee
Many thanks Grazzi hafna gratsee hafna
Very good/well Tajjeb hafna tayeb hafna
Welcome M’hemmx mn’hiex memsh mnish
Sorry / Excuse me Skuzani skuzanee
I need a doctor Ghandi bzonn tabib undee bson tabib
Questions    
Where? Fejn? feyn
How? Kif? kiyf
When? Meta? meta
What? X'hini? shinee
Why? Ghaliex? alish
Who? Min? mean
Which? Liema? lima
Where is? Fejn hu? feyn uw
Where are? Fejn huma? feyn uma
Where can I find? Fejn insib? feyn insib
How far? Kemm hu boghod kem u bod
How long? Kemm iddum? kem iddum
How much/many? Kemm? kem
Wishes    
Merry Christmas Il-Milied it-Tajjeb il milid it tayeb
Happy New Year Is-Sena t-Tajba is sena it tayba
Happy Easter L-Ghid it-Tajjeb leyd it tayeb
Happy Birthday Awguri tal-birthday awguri tal 'birthday'
Best Wishes Awguri awguree
Congratulations Nifrahlek nifrahlek
Good luck  Ix-Xorti t-Tajba ish shortee it tayba
Regards Inselli ghalik insellee alik
Goodbye Sahha sahha
Bye Ciao chaw
Time    
During the day Matul il-gurnata matul il jurnata
In the afternoon Wara nofs in-nhar wara nofs inar
In the evening Fil-ghaxija filashiya
At night Bil-lejl billeyl
Yesterday Il-bierah ilbirah
Today Illum illum
Tomorrow Ghada ada
The weather    
What a lovely day! X'gurnata sabiha! shjurnata sabiha
What awful weather! X'temp hazin! shtemp hazin
It's cold / hot Il-kesha / is-shana il kesha / iss shana
Do you think it's Tahseb li se taghmel tahseb li se tamel
going to rain? ix-xita? ish shita
Emergency    
Call the police Sejjah pulizija seyyah pulitsiya
Danger Periklu periklu
Fire Nar nar
Get a doctor Sejjah tabib seyyah tabiyb
Go away  Mur 'l hemm muwr lem
Help Ajut ayut
Get help quickly Sejjah ghajnuna malajr seyyah aynuwna malayr
I'm ill Inhossni hazin inhossni haziyn
I'm lost Intlift intlift
Leave me alone Hallini kwiet/a(f) halliyni kwit/a(f)
Look out! Attenzjoni! attentsyoni
Police Pulizija pulitsiya
Quick Malajr malayr
Stop Ieqaf e'af  / e'fu (p)