Last Sunday, I discovered that there are over 1,700 ways to say, ‘One Language is never enough,’ and I was mesmerised for I never thought that there are so many different languages in this world of ours.
True, some of the languages listed are now forgotten methods of communication, like for example saying, ‘Mía glotta oudepopote hikane’. That is saying ‘One Language is never enough,’ in ancient Greek. Today, one would say, ‘Mía glossa then ine pote arketi’, using modern Greek.
Other fascinating languages which are only spoken by the very few are Cherokee or Cheyenne to mention by two. Still, these are languages in their own right and a form of communication making us humans a prolific species, copious in our creative ways.
According to Wikipedia, with a total footprint of just 316 Km2, Malta is the 186th largest country in the world, just eight kilometres larger than Saint Helen and about 20% the size of London, but Malta too, albiet being very small, has its own distinct language – Maltese.
So in Malta, one would say, ‘Lingwa wahda mhux bizzejjed’ and the Maltese truly took this to heart for most of them are multi-lingual, able to speak fluent English and Italian, with a large portion of the Island having tri-lingual speaking persons also apart from obviously, Maltese.
This is great news for you if travelling to Malta, for language has never been a barrier to communications with the Maltese.
James Davis is the COO of Bay Street Group that operates be.HOTEL