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In the north and centre of the country different semitic langugages, namely Tigre, Tiginrya, Guraginya and the official language national language, Amharic, are spoken. The ancient forebear of these languages, Ge'ez, today only really survives in church liturgy and literature.
To the east and other parts of the south are the Oromos, the Afars and the Somalis, who are Cushitic-speaking peoples, while the associated Sidama languages are spoken to the south-east.
To the west and south-west are the Nilotic peoples, each with its own distinctive language and culture.
Elsewhere around the country there are a number of smaller communities who cultures, languages and traditions are related to different facets of Ethiopia's long history.

Amharic

"Amharigna" - the official national language of Ethiopia

Tenastalign

How are you?

Dehnaderu

Good night

Sintinew?

How much is it?

Ayasfeligegnim

I don’t want it

Leslassa

Soft drink

Amboha

Mineral water

Birra

Beer

Wiha

Water

Ow (as in ‘how’)

Yes

Ishi

OK

Aydellem

No

Sigarra

Cigarette

Shintibait

Toilet

Buna

Coffee

Shai

Tea

Injera

Sour dough pancake

Wot

Sauce or stew

Tela

Local beer

Tej

Honey wine

Yekirta

Excuse me

Amesegenalehu

Thank you

Na

Come

Hid

Go

Chiger yellem

No proble



 
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