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9 exotic places where English is widely spoken

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Malta

This European nation sits in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Everyone on this ancient island speaks Maltese, a language that has more in common with Arabic and Amharic than with any language spoken on the continental mainland of Europe. However, virtually everyone who lives in Malta is more-or-less fluent in English as well.

Malta's radio and TV stations broadcast in both English and Maltese, so you can get a taste of all aspects of Maltese life without a phrasebook. Unlike Arabic, Maltese is written with a Latin alphabet, so reading does not require being familiar with an entirely different writing system. This makes it easier for visitors to pick up a few words and useful phrases while they travel. Many Maltese residents appreciate any attempts that tourists make to speak Maltese.