22 Facts About Amharic


Amharic is an Ethiopian Semitic language, which is a subgrouping within the Semitic branch of the Afroasiatic languages.

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Amharic is the most widely spoken language in Ethiopia, and the second most spoken mother-tongue in Ethiopia.

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Amharic is the second largest Semitic language in the world.

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Amharic is written left-to-right using a system that grew out of the Ge?ez script.

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Amharic has been the official working language of Ethiopia, language of the courts, the language of trade and everyday communications and of the military since the late 12th century.

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Amharic is an Afro-Asiatic language of the Southwest Semitic group and is related to Ge?ez, or Ethiopic, the liturgical language of the Ethiopian Orthodox church; Amharic is written in a slightly modified form of the alphabet used for writing the Ge?ez language.

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In Washington DC, Amharic became one of the six non-English languages in the Language Access Act of 2004, which allows government services and education in Amharic.

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Furthermore, Amharic is considered a holy language by the Rastafari religion and is widely used among its followers worldwide.

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Amharic is a South Ethio-Semitic language, along with Gurage, Harari, and others.

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Amharic thus developed with a Cushitic substratum and a Semitic superstratum.

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Some time after the 9th century AD, Amharic diverged from its closest relative, Argobba, probably due to religious differences as the Argobba adopted Islam.

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In 1983, Lionel Bender proposed that Amharic may have been constructed as a pidgin as early as the 4th century AD to enable communication between Aksumite soldiers speaking Semitic, Cushitic, and Omotic languages, but this hypothesis has not garnered widespread acceptance.

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Amharic script is an abugida, and the graphemes of the Amharic writing system are called fidal.

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The Amharic script is included in Unicode, and glyphs are included in fonts available with major operating systems.

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All Amharic verbs agree with their subjects; that is, the person, number, and gender of the subject of the verb are marked by suffixes or prefixes on the verb.

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Amharic has special words that can be used to indicate the gender of people and animals.

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Amsalu Aklilu has pointed out that Amharic has inherited a large number of old plural forms directly from Classical Ethiopic .

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Amharic has various ways to derive nouns from other words or other nouns.

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Adjectives in Amharic can be formed in several ways: they can be based on nominal patterns, or derived from nouns, verbs and other parts of speech.

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Amharic is supported on most major Linux distributions, including Fedora and Ubuntu.

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Amharic script is included in Unicode, in the Ethiopic block.

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In February 2010, Microsoft released its Windows Vista operating system in Amharic, enabling Amharic speakers to use its operating system in their language.

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