AMHARIC MEETING PEOPLE

Please note that our Ethiopian words and phrases collection is developed using a different approach. We know that learning a new language is difficult. More so when one tries to learn Ethiopian words and phrases as there are alphabeths pronounced differently. Our effort therefore is not to provide tourists with Ethiopian words and phrases in their formal context. Rather we pick the word or phrase easier for a tourist to communicate. For example " how are you" can be said in using different words and phrases, depending on sex and age. Rather than providing a tourist with a list of words which are hard to pronounce, we took the measure of picking simple words like "Selam".

English

Amharic

Comment

Hello

selam

 

What s your name

Simih manew? ( male
Simish manew( female)
Semot Manew( older people as sign of respect)

 

My name is

-

Easier to say your name

I m from....

_______ negn

Just mention the country of your origin

Thank you

amesegenalehu

 

I m a tourist

 Tourist negn

 

I m staying at------

____ hotel

 

It is my first time in Ethiopia

Ethiopia meteche alawkem

 

I came to visit ____

______ lay new yemetahut

 

What is your phone number

Silkeh sint new
Silkish sint new

 

Today

Zare

 

Yesterday

Tinant

 

Tommorrow

Nege

 

Yes

awo

 

No

Ay

 

Ok

Eshi

 

I m going to______

_________ehedalhu

 

What s the time

Sint seat new

 

When?

Meche

 

What

Min

 

Who

Man

 

Why

Lemen

 

You are right

Lik new

 

Good bye

Ciao

Although there are several ways of saying good bye we have picked the one easier to pronounce.

 

- AT THE AIRPORT: TALKING TO A TAXI

- AT THE AIRPORT: NUMBERS FOR NEGOTIATING PRICE

- AT THE HOTEL: FROM BOOKING YOUR ROOM

- AT THE RESTAURANT AND CAFE: COMMON WORDS

- AT THE SHOP: SHOPPING WORDS

 

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