10 Maltese Expressions

Bil-bajda mdawra (with the egg [testicle] turned round) – A Maltese person isn’t in a bad mood, they have their egg (which is slang for testicle) turned around.

Tħabbilx rasek! (don’t mess your head) – Don’t worry about it!

Tieħu ħsieb (to take one’s thoughts) – A Maltese person doesn’t take care of you, they take your thoughts.

Ħoll xagħrek u ġib iż-żejt! (undo your hair and bring the oil) – Do what you intend to do and take the consequences!

Tieħu għalik (to take for yourself) – People in Malta aren’t “offended”, they take for themselves.

Ħalib ommok fi snienek (your mother’s milk in your teeth) – You say this to describe someone very immature. Note that it changes depending on whom the person is speaking about; “ħalib ommu fi snienu!” (his mother’s milk in his teeth!)

Bla bajd (without eggs [testicles]) – A Maltese person isn’t capable of doing something, they’re without eggs (testicles)!

Bsaten fir-roti (sticks in wheels) – When someone wants to hinder you from doing something, they throw you sticks in wheels.

M'għawnx għalik! (there’s none for you!)  – Used very frequently. You say this to someone who does something really good (to you personally or not), or someone who accomplishes something.

Għandu riħ (he has a wind) – A Maltese person doesn’t have a cold, they actually have a wind.


The Nautical Life with @kurtarrigo

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Growing up on the tiny European island of Malta, Kurt Arrigo (@kurtarrigo) was never far from the water’s edge. At 9 years old he was trained to scuba dive. Soon after he picked up windsurfing. Eventually, and almost inevitably, he learned to sail, which progressed into racing yachts. “It was all very accessible for me to do what I loved to do,” he says. That love for the sea, water sports and the nautical lifestyle all came together in a career as a marine photographer. For more than 10 years now, Kurt’s international clientele has sent him around the world to photograph luxury vessels, underwater scenes and premier yachting events. To be successful with racing photography, says Kurt, “One needs to find the right balance between what is going on. What I am trying to capture tends to happen in bursts of excitement.”