Important Words for Communication

There is no space here for a definitive glossary; Ethiopia has 83 languages and more than 200 dialects! Fortunately, Amharic or Amarigna is widely spoken through the country.

Tenastilign = Hello/how are you?

Chiao! = Good bye

Sintino? = How much is it?

Widdino = It’s expensive

Efellegalow = I want

Alfelegum = I don’t want

Tiru new = It’s good

Tiru aydellem = It’s not good

Simeh man new? = (Masc) What’s your name?

Simesh man new? = (Fem) What’s your name?

Leselassa = Soft drink

Amboha = Mineral water

Birra = Beer

Wuha = Water

Ow (as in how) = Yes

Ishi = OK

Aydellem = No

Shintibait = Toilet

Buna = Coffee

Shai = Tea

Injera = Sour dough pancake

Wot = Sauce or stew

Tela = Local beer

Tej = Honey wine

Yekirta = Excuse me

Amesegenalo = Thank you

Na! = Come

Hid! = Go

Chiger yellem = No problem

Beka = Enough

Bewhala = Afterwards/later

Qonjo = Beautiful


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