|Spoken by:||19 million|
Amharic (አማርኛ amarəñña) is spoken by approximately 15 million native and 4 million second language speakers in Ethiopia. It is a member of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family. After Arabic, it is the second most widely spoken Semitic language in addition to being the 4th largest overall in Africa.
It is written using a modified form of the Ge'ez abugida which is called fidäl (meaning: 'script' or 'alphabet').
Sample Text Edit
From Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
\VZcOMcKOcVZOGcQLQcENEUQcEPEWPcDNOQWc \OZ c QZ c \WIXU c \PVWZOQ c OQZ c VOOZ c DQG c OOZQ c EZQGPPFQWcPQIVcPPONWc\JEZO DQTLc
Common difficulties Edit
The Foreign Service Institute has classified Amharic as a "Hard" language. It is estimated that learning Amharic to a Professional Working Proficiency in the language (a score of Speaking-3/Reading-3 on the Interagency Language Roundtable scale) will take an average of 44 weeks (1100 class hours).
There is an Foreign Service Institute course for Amharic.
- ↑ U.S. Department of State; FSI's Experience with Language Learning; https://www.state.gov/m/fsi/sls/c78549.htm