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6 annoying (or is it endearing?) Maltese habits we simply can’t help
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Jillian Mallia

Maltese people have some weird habits that can get a little annoying by time. If you’ve ever come into contact with a local, you’re bound to notice some of these habits. If you are a local however, you’ll definitely know what I’m on about! #guilty

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1. Aw qalbi!

That random person in the street, or in a shop, or a workman calling us qalbi (‘my love’) sends shivers down our spines. Not everyone is your qalbi, but oh well…

2. Mela, mela, mela…

We just love this word. It doesn’t need to be used at the end of each and every sentence, but we like it like that, and it’s going to remain that way now and forever. Changing our ways is not our forte.

3. We’re very loud.

We shout, we’re loud, we speak over each other and honestly, most of the time it sounds like we’re arguing. But that’s all because we want everyone to feel included. Cawla mode on!

4. We’re not the most delicate with our words…

We’re going to name every possible saint and use every Maltese curse word known to man once you piss us off. We sound like savages, but we still have a heart of gold. Remain on our good side and its peace all around!

5. We just love our syllables!

We’re going to over pronounce your name, or any word for that matter, adding syllables where we please. We love them so much that we’re adding them to our kids’ names nowadays. Long gone are the days of simple baby names like Emma, Peter and Luke, it’s all about Shenaiara and Shazalaja now. It’s ok, I got stuck pronouncing them too.

6. We don’t complain, we vent. There’s a difference.

There’s a big difference if you ask us... just don’t ask us to explain it. We know there’s one. End of story.

Are you guilty of any of these habits? 

11th February 2019


Jillian Mallia
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A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.

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