You might’ve heard the phrase “Xejrilhom naqa Rita!” being randomly shouted out during a party in Malta over the last couple of years. If you haven’t and are completely confused, don’t worry; we’re about to change your life. Well, sort of.
Back in 2012, a short, 55 second video uploaded to Facebook went relatively viral for all the best possible reasons. The video was a mobile phone recording of a spot on Malta from years back. On a Taiwanese TV programme. Featuring two Maltese people shouting at each other atop two rooftops. If that isn’t a poetic representation of our tiny island, we don’t know what is.
The video, which seems to have been taken a long time ago (a boatless Kalkara Marina, anyone?), was featured on Hakka TV, a satellite cable channel operated by the Taiwan Broadcasting Service. From the little information we managed to get of the clip, it was originally part of a British programme, but then ended up on Taiwanese TV… no doubt due to its comic nature.
For those who’ve seen this video before, this clip is inside joke heaven. If you haven’t yet, here’s exactly why you need to start quoting this on a regular basis. As it turns out, these two Maltese people are the perfect representation of Maltese lifestyle, making them as quotable as they get.
1. “Rita! Xejrilhom Rita!”
The one that started them all.
Encouraging a neighbour from the other side of the road to get in on the fun and wave at some foreign guests? Classic.
2. “Iiii għala le?!”
That beautiful moment when Maltese people say ‘fuck it’ and actually go with it.
We were never a country to shy away from a good photo op, after all.
3. “Kellimmhom naqa minn hemm biex jifhmuk hekk… għidilhom xi ħaġa”
There’s always that one person who’s trying to show off their social connections and powers of persuasion by making someone else do their bidding.
It’s either that, or a case of him wanting Rita to take the spotlight for a bit #Selfless
This was also the best opportunity to test out the camera’s powerful microphones… although to be fair, Rita’s voice projection is more than enough to get the job done.
4. “X’inhuma imma?”
Oh wait, do I need to speak in another language other than Maltese?
Eesh, on second thought…
5. “Emm… Ingliżi”
Our colonial ties are clearly still very strong.
Be it our love for English football teams or our passion for some classic Oxford Street shopping, we tend to feel a bit more comfortable with our British brothers.
And even if we’ll eventually end up on the other side of the planet on some Taiwanese TV programme, at least we would’ve gotten out of our shell thanks to a couple of Ingliżi.
“U le, kellmu bil-Malti tibżax…”
Actually, scratch that.
6. “Kif intkom, orrajt? Togħġobkom Malta?”
Let’s face it; we love speaking to people, especially foreigners, if we get to hear about how beautiful our country is.
Because that’s the true definition of friendliness.
7. “Malta sabiħa ee..”
… and if they won’t say Malta’s beautiful, then we’ll gladly say it ourselves.
To be fair, they were standing atop a rooftop on a beautiful sunny day overlooking the gorgeous harbour area, so we’re going to have to hand it to them.
“Inzertajtuwha anzi, illum il-ġurnata vera sabiħa”
And to round it all up, a #ClassicWeatherCliche