ETHIOPIAN WORDS: NUMBERS

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

Ethiopian birr

bir

 

cents

santim

 

1

And

A pronounced as in apple

2

Hulet 

 

3

sost

 

4

arat

 

5

amest

 

6

sidist

 

7

sebat

 

8

simint

 

9

zetegn

 

10

asir

 

11

Asira and

Add from 1- 9 on " asra" for 11 to 19

20

haya

 

21

Haya and

Add from 1- 9 on " Haya" for 21 to 29

30

selasa

Add from 1- 9 on " selasa" for 31 to 39

40

arba

" a " pronounced as apple
Add from 1- 9 on " arba" for 41 to 49

50

Hamsa

Add from 1- 9 on " hamsa" for 51 to 59

60

silsa

Add from 1- 9 on " silsa" for 61 to 69

70

seba

Add from 1- 9 on " seba" for 71 to 79

80

semaniya

Add from 1- 9 on " asra" for 81 to 89

90

zetena

Add from 1- 9 on " asra" for 91 to 99

100

meto

 

101

Meto and

Add from 1- 99 on " meto" for 101 to 199

200

Hult meto

Add from 1-9 before " meto" for 200 to 900

1000

And shi

Add 1-99 before " shi " for 1000 to 99 000

1,000,000

And million

Add 1-9 before million

 

Related links

- AT THE AIRPORT: MEETING PEOPLE

- AT THE AIRPORT: TALKING TO A TAXI

- AT THE HOTEL: FROM BOOKING YOUR ROOM

- AT THE RESTAURANT AND CAFE: COMMON WORDS

- AT THE SHOP: SHOPPING WORDS

 

 

 

 

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