Sound like a local in Malta

So you’re going to Malta. You’re pretty much all packed – well, almost – and have planned out everything you’re going to do whilst you’re away. Everything is sorted. But have you thought about learning some of the language for yourself? We asked Malta’s tourist board for some essential Maltese phrases that are used on a daily basis to help you out.

The essentials

Hello (informal) – X’minnek 

pronounced (shmin nek)


Goodbye – Sahha

pronounced (sah ha)


Please – Jekk Joghgbok

pronounced (yekk yoj bok)


Thank you – Grazzi

pronounced (gratsee)


How muchKemm?

pronounced (Kemm)


The menu please – Il-menu jekk joghgbok 

pronounced (ill menu yekk yoj bok)


The bill please Il-kont jekk joghgbok

pronounced (ill kont yekk yoj bok)



pronounced (Bir-ra)


White wineInbid abjad 

pronounced (In-beed ab-yad)


Red wineInbid ahmar

pronounced (In-beed ah-mar)


Where’s the nearest loo? – Fejnu l-eqreb toilet, jekk joghgbok

pronounced (fey nu lereb toilet yekk yoj bok)



Do you have anything to add to this? Let us know!


Other useful information about Malta before you go:

Top 3 beaches in Malta
Great value things to do in Malta
Foods you have to try in Malta
A traditional Maltese recipe
Movies filmed in Malta

Written on 27th April 2017 by

Kiran Flynn

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