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Maltese is an official language of Malta and is spoken on its three islands: Malta, Goza and Comino. The islands developed their own language despite - or because of - being occupied by various powers over the centuries. Maltese evolved from an Arabic dialect spoken in Spain and Sicily during the Middle Ages and has influences of Italian and Sicilian and, to a lesser extent, English and French.

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Where Is It Spoken?

Malta

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Number Of Speakers

500,000

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Semitic

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Fun facts about Maltese

Maltese uses a Latin alphabet which is unique for a language with Arabic roots.

The largest community of Maltese speakers living outside Malta is in Australia.

Place names and numbers are the most obvious Arabic influences. For instance, the number one in Maltese is wieħed and in Standard Arabic is wahed.

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