A Beginner’s Guide to Learning the Maltese Language

Practise reading, listening and speaking with Octavo’s Maltese for Foreigners collection!

Apart from the sunny weather and blue seas, many expats are drawn to living, studying or working in Malta thanks to the widespread use of the English language on the island. Indeed, English is one of the island’s two official languages and, with so many international people moving to Malta, English is often the main language used in workplaces and extracurricular activities.

If you’ve lived in Malta long enough, however, you’ll soon realise that learning the Maltese language is an essential skill to have in order to blend in with the locals’ way of life. Learning a few phrases here and there will get you far on a welcoming island like Malta, and the history of the language is enough to pique many expats’ interest and encourage them to learn how to speak Maltese! 

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Bringing Free Maltese Digital Books to Malta Libraries!

Octavo and Malta Libraries are offering free Maltese oBooks to all library card holders!

Octavo is proud to be collaborating with Malta Libraries to add Maltese-language digital books to their online catalogues for the very first time. Readers from Malta and Gozo will now gain access to hundreds of free books written by Maltese authors, which will be available to borrow and read in digital format from the 23rd of April onwards. 

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Maltese Phonics Made Easy

Learn the sounds of the Maltese alphabet with Sensiela Fanali on Octavo

The early stages of language learning are an incredibly exciting time for children, parents and teachers alike. As a child’s vocabulary expands, so does their experience of the world as they develop a way to express their interests, pronounce the name of their favourite colours and animals, and turn their inner thoughts into words.

This is where phonics come in to play. As the building blocks of a language, a good understanding of alphabetic sounds provides fertile ground for language skills to flourish! 

If you’re looking for a way to help children explore the relationship between Maltese letters and sounds, the Sensiela Fanali programme – available on Octavo and in print – is the solution. An essential addition to your teaching toolbox, this collection of books will be with your child every step of the way, establishing a solid basis for the fruitful development of Maltese reading skills!

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How to Raise a Bookworm in the Digital Age

Read the Qari għal Qalbi levelled reading collection through Octavo!

In this day and age, many children and – let’s face it – parents, too, find reading to be more of a chore than a pleasure. But if you’re one of those parents who have fond childhood memories surrounding your favourite books and your weekly trips to the library, you would probably do anything to ensure your child can experience that same level of enjoyment through reading. 

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Covering the Maltese history curriculum with oBooks

At Octavo, we believe teachers and students should be able to find the content that works for them. For both of them. Over the last months, the History Teachers’ Association Publication, included oBooks in the Octavo store which cover the Maltese history curriculum for both grades 7 (Investigating the History of Malta – Year 7) and 8 (Investigating the History of Malta – Year 8). These oBooks cover Maltese history from prehistory through to the Knights of Malta.

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Challenging history with technology

Who said that history is only about the past and old traditional techniques?
As all Maltese 11 to 13-year-old students in Malta learn about the history of Malta, such as Everyday life in the stone age, Octavo took on the challenge to leave its mark by being the first Digital platform to distribute History textbooks digitally in the classroom.

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iLearn single sign on integration

Octavo login screen including iLearn Malta button

Providing our users the smoothest of the on-boarding processes out there has always been a crucial aspect for us creating Octavo. We know, as much as you do, how complicated and long some sign up forms can be. And let’s not include the terms and conditions, privacy policy and many other time consuming tasks to this list.

As part of our collaboration with the Ministry for Education and Employment of Malta to provide students and teachers a platform where to find educational and reading content, Octavo is now compatible with the current account systems they use: iLearn.

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