Maltese Phrases

Maltese Phrases and Common Expressions

This page contains a table including the following: Maltese phrases, expressions and words in Maltese, conversation and idioms, Maltese greetings, and survival phrases. It also helps if you simply want to know what to say when chatting in Maltese!

Most of the sentences below are used for everyday life conversations, so they might come handy if you memorize them.

English Phrases Maltese Phrases
English Greetings Maltese Greetings:
Hi! Hello
Good morning! L-ghodwa t-tajba/ Bongu
Good evening! Wara nofs inhar it-tajjeb
Welcome! (to greet someone) Merhba
How are you? Kif int?
I'm fine, thanks! Tajjeb, grazzi!
And you? U int?
Good/ So-So. Tajjeb/ Imsomma
Thank you (very much)! Grazzi (hafna)
You're welcome! (for "thank you") Ta’ xejn.
Hey! Friend! Aw! Habib!
I missed you so much! Immissjajtek hafna!
What's new? X’ hemm gdid?
Nothing much Xejn specjali
Good night! Il-lejl it-tajjeb!
See you later! Narak iktar tard!
Good bye! Caw!
Asking for Help and Directions
I'm lost Intlift
Can I help you? Nista nghinek?
Can you help me? Tista tghini?
Where is the (bathroom/ pharmacy)? Fejn (hu l-banju/ hi l-ispizerija)?
Go straight! then turn left/ right! Ibqa sejjer dritt! Dur xellug/ lemin
I'm looking for john. Qieghed infittex lil John
One moment please! Mument, jekk joghgbok
Hold on please! (phone) Zomm il-linja jekk joghgbok
How much is this? Kemm jiswa dan?
Excuse me ...! (to ask for something) Skuzi…!
Excuse me! ( to pass by) Skuzi!
Come with me! Ejja mieghi!
How to Introduce Yourself
Do you speak (English/ Maltese)? Titkellem (bl-Ingliz/ bil-Malti)?
Just a little. Ftit.
What's your name? X’ jismek?
My name is ... Jien jisimni …
Mr.../ Mrs.…/ Miss… Sur../Sinjura…/Sinjorina…/
Nice to meet you! Ghandi pjacir!
You're very kind! Int gentili!
Where are you from? Minn fejn int?
I'm from (the U.S/ Malta) Jien minn (l-Amerika/ Malta)
I'm (American) Jien Amerikan
Where do you live? Fejn toqghod?
I live in (the U.S/ Malta) Noqghod (l-Amerika/ Malta)
Did you like it here? Ghogbok hawn?
Malta is a wonderful country Malta pajjiz sabih hafna.
What do you do for a living? X’ taghmel fil-hajja?
I work as a (translator/ businessman) Nahdem bhala (translator/ negozjant)
I like Maltese Inhobb il-Malti
I've been learning Maltese for 1 month Ilni nitghallem il-Malti ghal xahar
Oh! That's good! Isa! Tajjeb!
How old are you? Kemm ghandek zmien?
I'm (twenty, thirty...) years old. Ghandi (ghoxrin, tletin..) sena.
I have to go Ha jkolli mmur
I will be right back! Ha nerga nigi
Wish Someone Something
Good luck! Good Luck!
Happy birthday! Happy Birthday!
Happy new year! Is-sena t-tajba
Merry Christmas! Il-Milied it-tajjeb
Congratulations! Prosit!
Enjoy! (for meals...) Gawdi!
I'd like to visit Malta one day Nixtieq inzur Malta xi darba.
Say hi to John for me Sellili ghal John
Bless you (when sneezing) Evviva
Good night and sweet dreams! Il-lejl it-tajjeb u ohlom sabih
Solving a Misunderstanding
I'm Sorry! (if you don't hear something) Skuzi!
Sorry (for a mistake) Skuzani
No Problem! Mhux problema
Can You Say It Again? Tista terga tirrepeti?
Can You Speak Slowly? Tista titkellem bilmod?
Write It Down Please! Iktibha jekk joghgbok
I Don't Understand! Mhux nifhem!
I Don't Know! Ma nafx!
I Have No Idea. M’ ghandix idea.
What's That Called In Maltese? Kif tghidha bil-Malti?
What Does "gato" Mean In English? Xi tfisser “lingua” bl-ingliz?
How Do You Say "Please" In Maltese? Kif tghid “please” bil-Malti?
What Is This? Dan x’ inhu?
My Maltese is bad. Il-Malti tieghi huwa hazing
I need to practice my Maltese Ghandi bzonn nipprattika l-Malti
Don't worry! Tinkwietax
Maltese Expressions and Words
Good/ Bad/ So-So. Tajjeb/ Hazin/ Imsomma
Big/ Small Kbir/ zghir
Today/ Now Illum/ Issa
Tomorrow/ Yesterday Ghada/ Ilbierah
Yes/ No Iva/ le
Here you go! (when giving something) Ha!
Do you like it? Ghogbok?
I really like it! Ghogbitni hafna!
I'm hungry/ thirsty. Ghandi l-guh/ Ghandi l-ghatx
In The Morning/ Evening/ At Night. Filghodu/ Filghaxija/ Bil-lejl
This/ That. Here/There Din/ Dak. Hawn/ hemm
Me/ You. Him/ Her. Jien/ Int. Hu/ Hi
Really! Vera!
Look! Ara!
Hurry up! Aghggel!
What? Where? Xiex? Fejn?
What time is it? X’ hin hu?
It's 10 o'clock. 07:30pm. L-ghaxra. Is-sebgha u nofs ta’ filghaxija.
Give me this! Tini dan!
I love you! Inhobbok!
I feel sick. Ma niflahx
I need a doctor Ghandi bzonn tabib
One, Two, Three Wiehed, tnejn, tlieta
Four, Five, Six erbgha, hamsa, sitta,
Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten sebgha, tmienja, disgha, ghaxra

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