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ENGLISH-AMHARIC

Learn some basic Amharic so that you can interact with the locals and enjoy your stay in Ethiopia by experiencing the rich culture of the Ethiopian people.

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE

A as the a in father

E as the e in set

I as the i in ship

O as the o in go

U as the oo in boot

Gn as the gn in compagne (French)

(M) Masculine; (F) Feminine ; (P) Plural

 

MEETING AND GREETING

Hello = Halo

Good morning = Endemn  adderu/k(M)/sh(F)

Good afternoon = Endemn walu/k(M)sh(F)

Good evening = Endemn ameshu/eh(M)/esh(F)

Goodbye = Dehna hunu/hun(M)hugne(F)

How are you? = Tenayistillign / endemn not? Eh(M) esh(F)

I am well, thank you (very much) = Dehna negn (betam) amesegenallehu

You’re welcome = Minim aydel

Please come in = yigbu/giba (M)/gibi(F)

What is your name?  = simewo Man no? h(M)/sh(F)

My name is…  = Sime …no

Where do you come from? =  Keyet Metu?ah (M)/ash(F) Hagero Yet no?eh (M)/esh(F)

I come from… = Ke… metahu

My country is… = Hagere … no

Can you speak Amharic? = Amaregna Yenageralu? Tenageraleh (M) tenageriyalesh (F)

Only a little = Tinish

I want to learn more = Yebelete Memar Ifelegalehu

How do you find Ethiopia? = ltiyopiyan Endet agegnuat? hat (M)/shat(F)

I like it here = ltiyopiya Tesmamtognal

USEFUL WORDS

Today                    Zare

Tomorrow               Nege

Yesterday               Tilant

Now                       Ahun

Quickly                   Tolo

Slowly                     Kes

Mr.                         Ato

Ms.                        Weyzerit

Mrs.                       Weyzero

I                            Ene

You                        Ersewo

He, She                  Essu, Essoa  

We                         Egna

They                       Ennessu

What?                      Min?  

Who?                       Man?

When?                      Metche?

How?                        Endet?

Why?                       Lemin?

Which?                     Yetignaw?

Yes (all right)            Eshi

No                           Aydelem/Ayhonem

Excuse me                Yikirta

I am sorry                 Aznallehu

Good                        Tiru / melkam

Bad                          Metfo

 

COMMERCE

Hotel                                     Hotel

Room                                     Kifil

Bed                                        Alga

To sleep                                 Metegnat

To bath                                  Galan metateb

Where is the toilet?                                         Metatebiya betu yet new?

Where may I get something to drink?                  Yemiteta neger yet agengalehu?

Coffee                                    Buna

One (cup of) coffee And (sini)    Buna

Beer                                      Birra

Cold                                      Kezkaza

Hot                                       Muk

Tea                                       Shay

Food                                      Migib

Meat                                      Siga

Fish                                       Assa

Bread                                     Dabo

Butter                                     Kebe

 Sugar                                    Sikuar

Salt                                        Chow

Pepper                                    Berbere

Shop                                       Suk

To buy                                     Megzat

To sell                                     Meshet

Money                                     Genzeb

Cent                                        Santime

How much does this cost?            Wagaw sint no?

That is quite expensive               Betam wood no

 

NUMBERS

One                               And

Two                               Hulet

Three                             Sost

Four                               Arat

Five                                Amist

Six                                 Sidist

Seven                             Sebat

Eight                               Semmint

Nine                                Zetegn

Ten                                 Asser

Eleven                             Asra-and

Twelve                             Asra-hulet

Thirteen, etc.                    Asra-sost, etc.

Twenty                             Haya

Twenty-one, etc                 Haya-and, etc.

Thirty                               Selasa

Thirty-one, etc Selasa-and, etc.

Forty                                 Arba

Fifty                                  Amsa

One hundred                       And meto

One thousand                      And shi

DIRECTIONS/EMERGENCIES

Where? (place)                    Yet?

Where is it?                        Yet no?

Where? (Direction)               Wodet?

Street/road                         Menged

Airport                               Awiroplan Marefeya

Where is the hotel?              Hotelu yet no?

Where are you going?           Yet iyehedu no? eh(M) /esh(F)

I am going to…                    Wede… Iyehedku no

Turn right                           Wede kegn Yitatefu/ tatef(M) tatefi(F)

Turn left                            Wede gra Yitatefu/ Tatef(M) tatefi(F)

Go straight                         Keteta yihidu/hid(M) hig(F)

Please stop here                  Ezih yikumu /kum(M)/kumi(F)

Come                                Na(M)/Ney(F)/Nu (P)

Go                                    Hid(M)/Higi(F)/Hidu(P)

Stop                                  Kum(M)/Kumi(F)/kumu(P)

Help                                  Irdagn(M) irgegn(F) /irdugn(P)

Hospital                             Hakem bet

Police                                Polis

DAYS OF THE WEEK

Sunday                 Ihud

Monday                Segno

Tuesday               Maksegno

Wednesday           Erob

Thursday              Hamus

Friday                  Arb

Saturday              kedame

 

 

 

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