This entry might seem a bit negative but I think it's better to be honest than have people go there and be disappointed if they were expecting to find a first language English speaking country. Most Maltese abroad will insist that all Maltese speak English, but extensive experience has proven that actually most speak -some- English, clearly as a foreign language. What struck me time and again is that higher income Maltese and young people will speak English ostensively in public but then will switch to Maltese again after a few sentences. PeterW 14:53, 16 Feb 2006 (EST)
Most people speak very good English compared to certain countries which I would rather not mention. Many speak Italian too and a good handful are happy to speak 4 to 5 languages like myself. People under 60 most of the time can speak good English and Maltese. One has to take in consideration that in many countries in Europe, people do not want to speak English by no means and if you do not know the language of that country, you are lost. They stick to speaking their own language either because they are hard headed or because they can't speak English! I can easily name France, Luxembourg (people think everyone knows letzebuergisch), Italy and Germany. So I think a population of 400000 people like there is in Malta is blessed to have a good knowledge of languages and does the very best to help every tourist that lands here. Regards N
Yes, most people can speak English and most of them speak better than me. Even the regular bus drivers, cashiers in supermarkets, owners of small convenience store. Some of them clearly can't (don't want or dare to) speak, but understand - old men sitting in convenience store etc. Bohusz 16:17, 22 March 2013 (EDT)
About the changes made to last edits; sorry if I point out the obvious but NPOV doesn't necesarily mean US POV, the cars are small and the petrol is indeed expensive, as this is Europe. I gather from your contributions that you've also been to Afghanistan, I haven't been but I assume that saying that their roadsystem is medieval can, in contrast to Malta, safely be called NPOV. The roads aren't good, that is true, but the only places where the roads date back so far are places like Mdina where cars can't go. PeterW 14:55, 16 Feb 2006 (EST)
Thanks for adding the buslines list but it's better to just have the most important ones or a link to a site which lists this info.
You can't believe the timetables, however. The meaning of a timetable is simply "yeah, the bus is going to go", nothing more. Most buses are between 10 and 30 minutes late, though some of them can come earlier, too. It happened to me on March 14th, 2013, at Hagar Qim, where buses are going every 60 minutes. Mine was 5 minutes earlier, so I could watch it from a safe, 300 meters, distance. :-( Bohusz 15:50, 22 March 2013 (EDT)
Removed cat comment as it's not necessary to tell wikitravellers to not abuse cats. As far as I know this section is meant for things that an average traveller might not think of themselves which can be offensive locally rather than stating the obvious.
The Helicopter services has been terminated. Now the Maltese government is trying to build an airport in Gozo in an archaeologically rich area. It will be great if you guys can give more prominence to the sister island of Gozo and mention some of the unknown sites mentioned in www.gozo.us that can be used for walking and rambling on the island. Gozo needs Agro Tourism so any mentions to Gozo in this article will be much appreciated! Johnmizzi 08:36, 17 January 2007 (EST)
User:Dwardumt pointed out the GuidetoMalta.net site. It doesn't meet our external link policy, but it does have some info on activities and restaurants that we don't cover/cover thinly. I've posted the link below for reference/mining. -Shaund 00:43, 1 April 2009 (EDT)
What is your external links policy?
Our current setup for Malta is a bit schizophrenic. There are three inhabited Maltese islands and those should be three regions I think. At the moment we have the two small ones as regions (Gozo and Comino) but the main island is not. There needs to be a third region called Malta Island I think. I hardly see any scope for debate on this, but comments please!--Burmesedays 23:10, 26 March 2010 (EDT)
Do we really need two paragraphs explaining what the Euro is and what countries use it? Isn't there a link we can make to explain that? 188.8.131.52 10:05, 25 February 2013 (EST)
The sun can be fierce in early spring, too. After a half day hike on March 10th, 2013, my skin got burned and I looked like a boiled crawfish at the evening. ;-) Bohusz 15:50, 22 March 2013 (EDT)