Malta’s one of the hottest spots in Europe – Valletta‘s officially the sunniest capital on the continent – but its language is perhaps the coolest.
You’ve have no problem whatsoever finding English speakers, of course (decades of British rule will do that to a country) but why not give the local lingo a go? Louise Pullicino, general manager of historic boutique hotel Casa Ellul in Valletta, gave us a quick primer on Maltese…
Goodbye! – Caw!
Please – Jekk Joghgbok
Thank you – Grazzi
Excuse me – Skuzani
Do you speak English? – Inti titkellem Ingliz?
I’ll have the rabbit stew – Jien sa niehu stuffat tal-fenek
I’d like a local wine – Nixtieq l-inbid lokali
Casa Ellul is my new favourite hotel – Casa Ellul hija il-lukanda gdida favorita tieghi
Wow, the incredible view from the Upper Barrakka Gardens is utterly magnificent! – Waw, il-vista incredibli mill Gonna tal Barraka ta’ fuq hija literalment manjifika!
If you like your travels to test your tongue, why not also learn a little Mandarin from the comfort of your home-from-home Aman at Summer Palace in Beijing, Hungarian at Brody House in Budapest, or Welsh at Ffynnon in Snowdonia?