Maltese language facts for kids
|Native speakers||(400,000 cited 1975)|
|Writing system||Latin (Maltese alphabet)
|Official language in|| Malta
|Regulated by||National Council for the Maltese Language
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Maltese is the language of Malta, and a language of the European Union. Maltese sounds very similar to the type of Punic, an ancient Mediterranean and middle-eastern spread language. It is written in the Latin alphabet like English. The language has borrowed many words from Sicilian, Italian, and English.
Maltese became an official language of Malta in 1934, alongside English. Before that year, the only official language of Malta was Italian. Italian, however, is still used a lot in the media.
Number of Speakers
Today, there are around 393,000 people who speak Maltese. Most of them live in Malta.
Italian and English words are being taken in by the language more and more. This sometimes causes words to form that are not found in Maltese, Italian, or English, but instead are a mix of the three. At schools, English is taught as a second language. Maltese is usually used in the standardized jobs and when people talk to each other. Most of the television, radio, and literature in Malta is also in Maltese.
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