Ladies and Gentlemen,

As you might know Maltese people often speak Maltese as well as English. I have never really understood if most people in Malta speak English as a second language and Maltese as their first language. How do Maltese people typically acquite their Maltese and their English? I would appreciate if some of you could shed some light on this.

Englishuser
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From my experience in Malta, the elder generation speaks mostly Maltese, and the younger is very fit in English.
One could basically say they grow up bilingual. I'm not sure how exactly the school system works here or if there are more people wo speak Maltese rather than English since I'm not Maltese. It also depends a little on where one grows up on the island. If you live in the deepest south of the island, it's possible that you grow up mainly learning Maltese, and English just enough to survive Emotion: smile
So I would say, Maltese is their first language, but it's weighed pretty evenly.
Dear Punkybrewster,

Thank you for your reply. Do you know Maltese yourself? Are there many people who study Maltese as a second language?

Englishuser
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No, I barely know any Maltese, might start learning it though some day. To be honest, I have no idea if there are many people who study it as a second language.
Cheers
Dear Punkybrewster,

I really, truly appreciate your help. Perhaps you could also let me know if Malta is a good place for those who wish to improve their English skills. What are the advantages with studying in Malta versus studying in England or in the United States, for instance? And what is the Maltese accent of English like? Are you originally from the UK yourself?

Englishuser
Many students from all over the world come to Malta to study English at one of the many schools here. I have met a lot of students that went to an English school here and they were more than pleased. It's nice to hear that the school doesn't focus on the quantity of attending students, but the quality of how they teach them. I don't know about the schools in the UK or America, I suppose they all have pretty much the same standards? I guess it's just up to the student to where he or she wants to spend the time for his/her studies.
The Maltese accent is... very Maltese! Emotion: smile I guess it's got a stronger British accent than any other.
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Hello Punky,

How about the University of Malta? There is only one university in Malta, right? Do you think it is good for an MA in Humanities? And how much would be enough as living expenses for a year?

Thanks in advance..Emotion: smile,

Hena
Hi Hena,

Are you considering moving to Malta? Perhaps you should start a new thread on the subject?

Englishuser
HenaHello Punky,

How about the University of Malta? There is only one university in Malta, right? Do you think it is good for an MA in Humanities? And how much would be enough as living expenses for a year?

Thanks in advance..Emotion: smile,

Hena
Hey Hena!
Yes they only have one university here, and so far I have heard only good things about it. But since I didn't attend the uni here, I can't speak from personal experience. So I have no idea if it's good for the MA you're looking for.
I need about 500 Euros a month for food (that includes eating and going out every once in a while, and I have 3 cats so that's pretty good Emotion: wink ), and I spend about 350 Euros a month for rent and bills. This varies though, depending if you want to share a flat which will end up becoming much cheaper then Emotion: smile
If you need any more info, don't hesitate to send me a PM or E-Mail, I'd be glad to help.
Cheers
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