It is common to hear Maltese people complaining about foreigners who come to live and work here without bothering to learn Maltese, but it is decidedly rarer to hear about foreign people who are indeed making the effort to learn the language.
Maltese language teacher Mariza Pace has uploaded a brief video of herself teaching Maltese to three women, two from Portugal and one from Slovakia. The students display a basic knowledge of Maltese, stating their names and nationalities, before the lesson moves on to verb conjugations.
The video was uploaded to a popular Facebook forum for migrants and had a pretty positive response, with several foreign people expressing their interest in joining a similar class.
A few days ago, University of Malta Rector Alfred Vella urged all foreign migrant workers to learn Maltese while they’re on the island.
“In restaurants, hotels and other establishments, clientele who only speak Maltese are often treated as though they fell from the moon, making them feel as though they’re living in a foreign country,” he said.