Maltese seems to be one of the coolest languages in Europe. It is a basically Semitic language, derived from the Phoenicians, but nowadays with strong vocabular influences from Italian.
Some examples of interesting words:
SAY, TO qal; tkellem; thaddet [qal tkel'lem thad'det]
All three words are almost identical with corresponding Arabic words: qâla, takallama, tahaddatha.
ABHOR, TO stkerrah [stker'rah]
ABRUPT f'daqqa [fdaq'qa]
ACCURATE bla zbalji [bla sbal'yi]
ACKNOWLEDGE, TO stqarr; ammetta [stqarr ammet'ta]
ENTIRE kollu; shih; intier [kol'lu s/hih intear'] ('kollu' is the same as the Arabic 'kull', which in its genitive form - with the suffix '-i' - is really funny for those who speak Finnish.)
LEADER mexxej (m); kap (m); rajjes (m) [meshshey' kap ray'yes]
LIZARD gremxula (f) [gremshu'la]
LIVE, TO tghix [te:ysh]
NECK ghonq (m) [o:nq]
PUZZLE haga mohgaga (f) [ha'dza mohdza'dza]
SURVIVAL ghajxien (m) [a:yshean']
I would have a certain place of employment if I learned it really well, too - the European Union is in screaming need of Maltese interpreters now that the island state has become a member.
Description of the language's history and character, by Renzo. As good as all external links on the page are broken, though ...http://aboutmalta.com/language/engmal.htm
A basic English-Maltese dictionary, from which the words above are taken.
Casterman's very nicely made page, in French, with beautiful aquarelles.http://home.c2i.net/tzara/pratt/
If you don't understand any French and hate foreign languages anyway, here's an English page. (There are also rare pages of Hugo Pratt's comics about Ernie Pike from 1960.)
The cartoonist reporter Joe Saccohttp://www.fantagraphics.com/artist/sacco/sacco.html
Posted at 7:53 pm by turukhtan