Maltese Alphabet

If you're trying to learn the Maltese Alphabet which is also called Malti, check our courses about pronunciation, and sound of all letters... to help you with your Maltese grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and memorize the sounds. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Maltese. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!


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Maltese Alphabet

Learning the Maltese alphabet is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. Without it, you will not be able to say words properly even if you know how to write those words. The better you pronounce a letter in a word, the more understood you will be in speaking the Maltese language.

Below is a table showing the Maltese alphabet and how it is pronounced in English, and finally examples of how those letters would sound if you place them in a word.

Maltese AlphabetEnglish SoundPronunciation Example
A a/ɐ/as in abjad (white)
B b/b/as in ballun (ball)
Ċ ċ/t͡ʃ/as in ċaċċiż (frame)
D d/d/as in daħka (laugh)
E e/ɛ/as in elf (one thousand)
F f/f/as in fallakka (plank)
Ġ ġ/d͡ʒ/as in ġabra (collection)
G g/ɡ/as in gabarrè (tray)
Għ għ/ˤː/as in għada (tomorrow)
H h--as in hedded (he threatened)
Ħ ħ/ħ/as in ħabaq (basil)
I i/ɪ/as in iben (son)
Ie ie/iɛ, iː/as in iebes (hard)
J j/j/as in jaf (knows)
K k/k/as in kabina (cabin)
L l/l/as in labirint (maze)
M m/m/as in Malti (Maltese)
N n/n/as in nadif (clean)
O o/ɔ/as in oċean (ocean)
P p/p/as in paċi (peace)
Q q/ʔ/as in qabar (grave)
R r/r/as in raba' (land)
S s/s/as in saba' (finger)
T t/t/as in tabakk (tobacco)
U u/ʊ/as in udjenza (audience)
V v/v/as in vaċċin (vaccine)
W w/w/as in warda (rose)
X x/ʃ, ʒ/as in xabla (sword)
Z z/t͡s, d͡z/as in zalliera (salt-cellar)
Ż ż/z/as in żagħżugħ (youth)

Maltese Pronunciation

You saw how a letter is written and might be pronounced, but there is nothing better than hearing the sound of the letters in a video or audio. Below you will be able to hear how the letters above are pronounced, just press the play button:

Maltese Pronunciation

The alphabet and its pronunciation have a very important role in Maltese. Once you're done with the Malti alphabet, you might want to check the rest of our Maltese lessons here: Learn Maltese. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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