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Amharic phrasebook

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Amharic is the main language of north central Ethiopia.

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Vowels[edit]

Consonants[edit]

Common diphthongs[edit]

Phrase list[edit]

Basics[edit]

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It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice
Just for the sake of being "friendly," please do not use the informal greetings with the elderly, dignitaries or generally with people who are not your friends. Respect for elderly and people with authority is paramount in Ethiopia. Therefore, in order not to give your acquaintance a wrong impression of yourself, make sure you adjust your behaviour according to the circumstances.


Hello. (formal
Tena yistilign. (ጤና ይስጥልኝ )
Hello. (informal
Selam. (ሰላም )
Hello. (informal between friends
Halo. ( )
How are you? (respectful to elder
Dehina newot? ( ደህና ነዎት?)
How are you (informal, to a man
Endemin-neh? ( )
How are you (informal, to a woman
Endemin-nesh? ( )
Fine, thank you. 
Dehna negn. ( )
What is your name? (to a man)
Simeh man naw? ( ?)
What is your name? (to a woman)
Simish man naw? ( ?)
My name is ______ . 
Sime ______ yibalal. ( _____ .)
Pleased to meet you. 
siletewaweqin dess bilognal . (ስለተዋወቅን ደስ ብሎኛል)
Please. 
Ebakih. (to a man)
Please. 
Ebakish. (to a woman)
Thank you (very much). 
(Betam) ahmesugenalew. ( )
You're welcome. 
Minem Aydelem. (meaning 'no problem' )
Yes. 
awo. ( )
No. 
aye; aydelem. ( )
OK. 
ishi ( )
Excuse me. (getting attention
Yiqirta. ( )
Excuse me. Do you have a minute 
Yiqirta, anda gazay ( )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
Yiqirta. ( )
I'm sorry. 
Yiqirta. ( )
I don't understand. 
Algebinem.
Goodbye 
Dehna hun. (to a man)
Goodbye 
Dehna hugni. (to a woman)
Goodbye (informal
Ciao. (Taken from Italian)
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
[ ]. ( [ ])
Do you speak English? 
Englizegna tichilaleh? (to a man)
Do you speak English? 
Englizegna tichiyalesh? (to a woman)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
Englizegna michel sew aleh/alew?
Help! 
'erdata! ( erdu'y )
I'm sick. 
AhMOINyal. tam'malhu
Look out! 
 ! ( !)
Good morning. 
Dehna aderk (to a young man): Dehna aderu (Elderly man/ more formal)
Good morning. 
Dehna adersh (to a woman):Dehna aderu (Elderly woman/ more formal)
Good morning. 
Dehna aderachu ( more than one person)
Good evening. 
. ( melkam meshe't ( for one and more than one persons )
Good night. 
Dehna dur.(to a man)
Good night. 
Dehna duree (to a woman)
Good night (to sleep
. ( )
I don't understand. 
Algebagnem. ( )
Where is the toilet? 
Shintabet yet new?

Problems[edit]

Leave me alone. 
tewugn or likekugn
Don't touch me! 
atinkagn (M), atinkign (F)
I'll call the police. 
police etaralew!
Police! 
police!
I need your help. 
erdagn (M) erjign (F)
Medical emergency 
AsCHekuway Hikimina
I'm lost. 
tefaw
I lost my bag. 
sahantaye tefa
I lost my wallet. 
borsaye tefa
I'm sick. 
amognial
I've been injured. 
tegodichalew
I need a doctor. 
hakim efelgalew
Can I use your phone? 
silkihin ande litekem?(M): siljishin ande litekem?(F)

Numbers[edit]

0 = Zero
1 = And
2 = Hoolet
3 = Sost
4 = Arat
5 = Amest
6 = Sidist
7 = Sebat
8 = Sement
9 = ZeTegn
10 = Aser
11 = Asra-and
12 = Asra-hoolet
20 = Haya
21 = Haya-and
30 = Selasa
40 = Arba
50 = Hamsa
60 = Silsa
70 = Seba
80 = Semanya
90 = ZeTena
100 = Meto
200 = Hoolet-meto
300 = Sost-meto
1000 = Shee
2000 = Hoolet-shee

Time[edit]

Clock time[edit]

The day starts at 1 se'at ke tewatu(o'clock in the morning) = 7am
2 se'at = 8am
3 se'at = 9am
4 se'at = 10am
5 se'at = 11am
6 se'at = 12pm
7 se'at = 1pm
8 se'at = 2pm
9 se'at = 3pm
10 se'at = 4pm
11 se'at = 5pm
12 se'at = 6pm
1 se'at ke'mishitu (o'clock in the evening) = 7pm
2 se'at = 8pm
3 se'at = 9pm
4 se'at = 10pm
5 se'at = 11pm
6 se'at ke'lelitu (o'clock in the night) = 12am
7 se'at = 1am
8 se'at = 2am
9 se'at = 3am
10 se'at = 4am
11 se'at = 5am
12 se'at = 6am

Duration[edit]

Days[edit]

Sunday = Ehood
Monday = Segno
Tuesday = Maksegno
Wednesday = Erob
Thursday = Hamoos
Friday = Arb
Saturday = Qdame

Months[edit]

September = Meskerem
October = Tikimt
November = Hidar
December = Tahisas
January = Tir
February = Yekatit
March = Megabit
April = Miyaziya
May = Ginbot
June = Senie
July = Hamlie
August = Nehasie
  • Puagme = the last month in ethiopia with only 5 days

Writing time and date[edit]

Colors[edit]

Black = Tiqoor
White = NeCH
Red = Qey
Blue = Semayawi
Green = Arengwade
Yellow = BiCHa
Brown = Buna'aynet/Buna'ma
Purple = WeynTej
Pink = Rose
Orange = Brtukan
Baby blue = Wuhama semayawi
Dark blue = DemaQ semayawi

Transportation[edit]

By Car = be mekina
By taxi = be taxi
By airplane = be awro plan
By Ship = be merkeb
Where is the Bus station? = bus station yetu gar new?

Bus and train[edit]

Directions[edit]

Right = qew'n
Left = g'era
Straight ahead = QeTita menged
Opposite = TeQarani/Feet'lefeet
Adjacent = ATegeb/Gon
Turn left = wede g'ra taTef(to a guy)/taTefi(to a girl)/taTefu (to more than one person or to an elderly)
Turn right = wede Qegn taTef(to a guy)/taTefi(to a girl)/taTefu (to more than one person or to an elderly)

Taxi[edit]

______________ meh hed felegukin

Lodging[edit]

Money[edit]

How much? 
Sint new?


Eating[edit]

Bread (Ethiopian) 
dabo
Curry 
wet
Meat (red)
siga
Chicken 
doro
Vegetable 
ataklt
Spicy 
qmemama
Mild 
aletcha
Coffee shop 
bunna bet
I am a vegetarian 
Siga albuelam (literally, "I don't eat meat")
coffee with milk 
Buna b'Wetet

Bars[edit]

chfera bet wintana mebratie

Shopping[edit]

SOOK

Driving[edit]

Authority[edit]

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