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Amharic Language Statistics/Facts:

A South Semitic language, Amharic is the native language of Ethiopia. There are four main language families in Ethiopia, one of which is the Afroasiatic languages with which Semitic language belongs. Amharic is also called Ethiopian, Amhara, Amarigna, Amarinya and Abyssinian. The Amharic written alphabet is also known as Ge’ez or Amharic Braille. Amharic has a unique writing procedure following ‘fidel,’ a semi-syllabic form of writing. Amharic is strongly influenced by Arabic and Cushitic languages, specifically Afaan Oromo.

Amharic has official status in Ethiopia, hence it is spoken nationally in every province. Amharic is also considered to be the working language in various states in Ethiopia including Amhara Region, Addis Ababa City Council, Dire Dawa Administrative Council, Gambela Region, Benishangul-Gumuz Region and SNNPR. Religiously, Amharic is the liturgical language of the Orthodox Church in Ethiopia.

Amharic is considered to be the second most spoken language behind Arabic and the fiftieth most spoken worldwide. In 2007, there were 25 million native Amharic speakers. Although Amharic is Ethipia’s official language, only about 29.3% of the population speaks it, mainly because Amharic is regarded as the language of the affluent (upper and middle class) members of the Ethiopian society, especially those living in the central highlands. Nonetheless, Amharic is also spoken by 2.7 million immigrants outside Ethiopia. Worldwide, the estimated number of Amharic speakers are between 7 and 15 million people.

Amharic Dialects:

Dialect Region
Gondar Amharic Widely spoken in Semien Gondar Zone where Gondar is considered as a highly urbanized woreda
Gojjam Amharic Widely spoken in North-West Ethiopia
Shewa Amharic Widely spoken in Shewa region

The dialects have no major variations. These are thus mutually intelligible.

Countries where Amharic is spoken:

  • Canada
  • Eritrea
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Djibouti
  • Germany
  • Somalia
  • United States
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Sudan
  • Yemen

Amharic Speaking Country Data:

Country: Ethiopia

Capital: Addis Ababa
Population: 101,904,347
Federal Parliamentary Republic: President Mulatu Teshome and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn
Currency: Ethiopian Birr
GDP (ppp): $47.53 b
Unemployment: 16.8%
Government Type: Federal Parliamentary Republic
Industries: Agriculture, food processing, beverages, textiles, leather, chemicals, metals processing, cement

Country:Djibouti

Capital: Djibouti
Population: 899,840
Constitutional Parliamentary Republic: President Ismail Omar Guelleh and Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed
Currency: Djiboutian Franc
GDP (ppp): $1.456 b
Unemployment: 60%
Government Type: Constitutional Parliamentary Republic
Industries: Agriculture processing and construction

Country:Eritrea

Capital: Asmara
Population: 5,534,249
Single-Party Presidential Republic: President Isaias Afewerki
Currency: Nakfa
GDP (ppp): $3.444 b
Unemployment: 7.2%
Government Type: Single-Party Presidential Republic
Industries: Food and beverages processing, light manufacturing, textile and clothing, cement and salt

Amharic History

The origin of the Amharic language can be traced back to the 1st millennium BC. Ethiopian historians noted that some of the early rulers used the Amharic languages. In fact, there are Biblical passages as early as 1,000 BC that document Ethiopian episodes.

Further, from Southwest Arabia, King Solomon and apparently, the Queen of Sheba’s descendants traveled through the Red Sea into Eritrea. Menelik I, the son of the Queen, was the first Ethiopian emperor. The immigrants mixed with the Cushitic people, giving birth to the union of a new language we now know as Ge’ez. Ge’ez was the noted classical language of the Axum Empire from the 1st to 6th century AD until Amhara overthrew Axum. Amhara remained powerful from the 10th to 12th century AD, although the existence of Amhara was recognized in the mid-9th century AD.

Since the 13th century, Amharic has been the official language used in Ethiopian courts and by dominant populations in Ethiopia. Amharic became Ethiopia’s national language in the 14th century. Amharic documents written in the 14th century proved that the language was widely spoken and written at that time. Some of these documents include songs that were specifically written to praise the king. However, it was only in the 17th century when Amharic became Ethiopia’s lingua franca.

In 1991, the Ethiopian government allowed ethnic groups to develop their languages and use such languages for teaching primary students. Today, primary schools in Ethiopia use Amharic and other ethnic languages, while the secondary and tertiary schools use English as their medium of instruction. Amharic has only recently been used as a medium in areas of literature and journalism.

Interesting Amharic Facts:

  • When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 1) was translated in Amharic, ‘:’ became a comma and ‘::’ became a period
  • Amharic is written starting from the left side to the right side
  • Rastafarians regard Amharic as a sacred language
  • In 1970, reggae songs written in Amharic surfaced including that of Misty-in-Roots and Ras Michael
  • Numbers in the Amharic language are actually loaned from the Greek alphabet
  • Amharic characters have no direct conversion to Roman characters. The Amharic language must be translated aurally
  • Amharic has no neutral pronouns; speakers either use a feminine pronoun or a masculine pronoun
  • The Amharic language is a Category II language in terms of difficulty

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