Learn Amharic

Following are some simple words and phrases useful to a first-time traveler in Ethiopia. The list is by no means exhaustive, nor does it make any attempt at fluency in the language. It is hoped that it will assist an English speaker in communicating basic needs in a polite manner.

Simple Pronunciation guide
Meeting and Greeting
EnglishAmharic
Hello …………………….Halo
Good Morning ………….Endemn adderu(P)/ h(M)/ sh (F)
Good Afternoon …………Endemn walu(P)/ h(M)/ sh(F)
Good Evening ……………Endemn ameshu(P)
eh(M)/ esh(F)
Goodbye ……………………. Dehna hunu(P)
hun(M)/ hugne(F)
How are you? ………….Tenayistillign/endemen not?(P)
eh(M)/ esh(F)
I am well ………….Dehna negn
Thank you very much ………(Betam)
amesegenallehu
You’re welcome …………..Minim aydel
(don’t mention it )
Please come in …………Yigbu(P) /giba(M)/
gibi(F)
Please sit down …………Yikemetu(P)/ tekemet(M)
tekemechi(F)
What is your name ? ………Simewo man no?(P)
h(M)/ sh(F)
My name is ……………Sime…….no
Where do you ……………..Keyet metu ?(P)
come freomah(M)/ash(F)
Hagero yet no ?(P)
eh(M)/esh(F)
I come from ……..Ke…………. Metahu
My country is ……….Hagere……..no
Can you speak ……………Amaregna yenageralu ?(P)
Amharic?tenageraleh(M)
tenageriyalesh(F)
Only a little ……………………Tinish
I want to learn more ………..Yebelete memar ifelegalehu
How do you find Ethiopia …Itiyopiyan endet agegnuat?(P)
hat(M)/ shat(F)
I like it here ………………..Itiyopiya Tesmamtognal
Days
EnglishAmharic
SundayIhud
MondaySegno
TuesdayMaksegno
WednesdayErob
ThursdayHamus
FridayArb
SaturdayKedame
Numbers
EnglishAmharic
OneAnd
TwoHulet
ThreeSost
FourArat
FiveAmist
SixSidist
SevenSebat
EightSemmint
NineZetegn
TenAsser
ElevenAsra-and
TwelveAsra – hulet
Thirteen, etc.Asra – sost, etc.
TwentyHaya
Twenty-one, etc.Haya – and, etc.
ThirtySelasa
Thirty-one, etc.Selasa – and, etc.
FortyArba
FiftyAmsa
One hundredAnd meto
One thousandAnd shi
Directions Emergencies
EnglishAmharic
Where?(place)Yet?
Where is it?Yet no?
Where?(direction)Wodet?
Street/roadMenged
AirportAwiroplan 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/ (P)
tatef(M)/ tatefi(F)
Turn left ……………………………………..Wede gra yitatefu(P)
tatef(M)/ tatefi(F)
Go straight ……………………………….Ketita yihidu(P)
hid(M)/ higi(F)
Please stop here …………………….Ezih Yikumu (P)
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 ………………………….Hospital/Hakem bet
Police ……………………………..Polis
Useful words
EnglishAmharic
TodayZare
TomorrowNege
YesterdayTilant
NowAhun
QuicklyTolo
SlowlyKes
Mr.Ato
Mrs.Weyzero
MissWeyzerit
IEne
YouErsewo
He,SheEssu, Essoa
WeEgna
TheyEnnessu
What?Min?
Who?Man?
When?Metche?
HowEndet?
Why?Lemin?
Which?Yetignaw?
Yes(all right)Eshi
NoAydelem / Ayhonem
Excuse meYikirta
I am sorryAznallehu
GoodTiru / melkam
BadMetfo
Restaurants-Shops-Hotels
EnglishAmharic
HotelHotel
RoomKifil
BedAlga
To sleepMetegnat
To batheGalan metateb
Where is the toilet ?Metatebiya betu yet new?
Where may I get something to drink?Yemiteta neger yet agengalehu?
CoffeeBuna
One(cup of) coffeeAnd (sini) buna
BeerBirra
ColdKezkaza
Hot Muk
TeaShay
FoodMigib
MeatSiga
FishAssa
BreadDabo
ButterKebe
SugarSikuar
SaltChow
PepperBerbere
ShopSuk
To buyMegzat
To sellMeshet
MoneyGenzeb
CentSantime
How much does this cost ?Wagaw sint no?
That is quite expensiveBetam wood no

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