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Amharic phrasebook

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Amharic is the main language of north central Ethiopia

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? (respectful to elder
Dunna noT? ( ?)
How are you (informal, to a man
Endemin-neh? ( )
How are you (informal, to a woman
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. 
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. (begging pardon
Yiqirta. ( )
I'm sorry. 
Yiqirta. ( )
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? ( ?)
Help! 
 ! ( !)
Look out! 
 ! ( !)
Good morning. 
. ( )
Good evening. 
. ( )
Good night. 
. ( )
Good night (to sleep
. ( )
I don't understand. 
Algebagnem. ( )
Where is the toilet? 
Metatebiya bet yet new? ( ?)

Problems

Numbers

Time

Clock time

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

Days

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

Months

September = Meskerem October = Tikimt November = Hidar December = Tahisas January = Tir February = Yekatit March = Megabit April = Miyaziya May = Ginbot June = Senay July = Hamle August = Nehasie

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)
siga
Chicken 
doro
Vegetable 
aterkek
Spicy 
weT
Mild 
aletcha
Coffee shop 
bunna bet
I am a vegetarian 
Siga albuelam (literally, "I don't eat meat")

Bars

Shopping

Driving

Authority

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