A country's identity is nothing without its language. It is what unites traditions, culture and customs.
It is what forges the identity of Malta more than anything else.
Below are links to learn Maltese, the evolution of the language, and the initiatives to preserve and promote the Maltese language
To read more on the national language of Malta, The National Council for the Maltese Language website offers more insight.
Maltese is a Semitic tongue, the same as Arabic, Aramaic, Hebrew, Phoenician, Carthaginian and Ethiopian. However, unlike other Semitic languages, Maltese is written in the Latin alphabet, but with the addition of special characters to accommodate certain Semitic sounds. Nowadays, however, there is much in the Maltese language today that is not Semitic, due to the immeasurable Romantic influence from our succession of (Southern) European rulers through the ages.
Mikiel Anton Vassalli (March 5, 1764 in Żebbuġ, Malta – January 12, 1829) was a Maltese writer, a philosopher, and a linguist who published important Maltese language books.Vassalli began to teach at the University of Malta as the first Professor of the Maltese language. He is an important figure for reviving Maltese as a national language