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|Native speakers||(400,000 cited 1975)|
Latin (Maltese alphabet)|
|Official language in||
National Council for the Maltese Language|
Il-Kunsill Nazzjonali tal-Ilsien Malti
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 1936, 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 371,900 people who speak Maltese. Most live in Malta.
Italian and English words are taken in by the language, and this is happening 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.