Our love and hate relationship with our mother tongue, Maltese.
I’m a somewhat proud maltese. Even though I think that our country isn’t the best in most regards, no-one can ever discredit our language.
Most people use it on a daily basis while others tend to be surrounded by english speakers. That’s nothing wrong with that.
Nonetheless, I do expect everyone should be able to have a conversation in Maltese if you were born, taught and live on the island.
Malta has always struggled to be proud of its own language. Nowadays, we’re completely surrounded with English in our studies, media but mostly on the internet. This makes it an ever-growing struggle to justify the use of Maltese.
The thing that saddens me the most is that Maltese is always looked at as something for the lower working classes and English is somewhat used daily but the middle class.
Another thing that makes my tear ducts work over-time is spelling. Maltese isn’t an easy language to write especially where silent letters like ‘gh’ (ghajn) and ‘h’ (akka) are involved.
Bad spelling is what let me to write this post and this is what got me started:
These online tests are getting popular on the socials recently. Unfortunately they can’t even spell ‘tajba’ or ‘zzejjed’ right. Neither did they punctuate ‘X’karattru’. This might seem trivial but adults and even worst kids, lack a sound basis in writing Maltese.
“The situation is desperate, they’re everywhere” the late journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia wrote in her blog right before she was assassinated. She was obviously referring to people verging on being functionally illiterates in our national language.