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; Hello. (''informal'') : Seulam. ('' '')
 
; Hello. (''informal'') : Seulam. ('' '')
 
; How are you? : Dunna noT? ('' ?'')
 
; How are you? : Dunna noT? ('' ?'')
; How are you (''informal, to a man'') Endemin-neh? ('' '')
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; How are you (''informal, to a man'') : Endemin-neh? ('' '')
; How are you (''informal, to a man'') Endemin-nesh? ('' '')
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; How are you (''informal, to a man'') : Endemin-nesh? ('' '')
 
; Fine, thank you. : Dunna ñuey. ('' '')
 
; Fine, thank you. : Dunna ñuey. ('' '')
 
; What is your name? (''to a man''):  Simeh man naw? ('' ?'')
 
; What is your name? (''to a man''):  Simeh man naw? ('' ?'')

Revision as of 06:05, 27 January 2007

Amharic is the main language of north central Ethiopia

Contents

Pronunciation guide

Vowels

Consonants

Common diphthongs

Phrase list

Basics

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. ( )
Hello. (informal
Seulam. ( )
How are you? 
Dunna noT? ( ?)
How are you (informal, to a man
Endemin-neh? ( )
How are you (informal, to a man
Endemin-nesh? ( )
Fine, thank you. 
Dunna ñuey. ( )
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. ( _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
. ( )
Please. 
. ( )
Thank you (very much). 
(Betam) ahmesugaynalo. ( )
You're welcome. 
. ( )
Yes. 
awo. ( )
No. 
aye; aydelem. ( )
OK. 
ishi ( )
Excuse me. (getting attention
. ( )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
. ( )
I'm sorry. 
. ( )
Goodbye 
Dehna hun. ( )
Goodbye (informal
. ( )
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
[ ]. ( [ ])
Do you speak English? 
 ? ( ?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
 ? ( ?)
Help! 
 ! ( !)
Look out! 
 ! ( !)
Good morning. 
. ( )
Good evening. 
. ( )
Good night. 
. ( )
Good night (to sleep
. ( )
I don't understand. 
. ( )
Where is the toilet? 
 ? ( ?)

Problems

Numbers

Time

Clock time

Duration

Days

Months

Writing time and date

Colors

Transportation

Bus and train

Directions

Taxi

Lodging

Money

How much? 
Sint new?


Eating

Bread (Ethiopian) 
injera
Curry 
berbere
Meat (red)
ziga
Chicken 
doro
Vegetable 
alterkek
Spicy 
weT
Mild 
aletcha
Coffee shop 
bunna bet
I am a vegetarian 
Ziga albuelam (literally, "there is no meat")

Bars

Shopping

Driving

Authority

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