Maltese is the national language of Malta, and a co-official language of the country alongside English, while also serving as an official language of the European Union, the only Semitic language so distinguished. Maltese is descended from Siculo-Arabic . About half of the vocabulary is borrowed from standard Italian and Sicilian;English words make up between 6% and 20% of the Maltese vocabulary, according to different estimates . It is the only Semitic language written in the Latin script in its standard form. Wikipedia