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Learn Amharic

Learn to speak the language of Ethiopia!

welcomw to learn Amharic እንኳን ደህና መጡ

Learn Amharic is a Web site where you can learn to speak Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia. A Semitic language, Amharic is spoken by millions of Ethiopians around the world.

Africa's oldest independent nation, remains essentially hidden to the world. We hope that by offering useful tools and materials for learning Amharic, we hope Ethiopia its language, culture and traditions will become fresh and vital for learners of all ages and walks of life.

Whether you are an Ethiopian living in the disapora hoping to re-connect yourself or your children with your native culture, or a family raising adopted Ethiopian children as your own, or an admirer of the language, culture, music, there's a place for you here in our community of learners.

Buy "Laqech One" and start learning Amharic today!

In addition to our learning resources available here on Learn Amharic, we also offer an introductory text book to the language of Amharic. Amharic Ethiopian Script: Laqech One is the first in an ongoing series of instructional text books by our resident Amharic teacher Zewditu Fesseha. You can learn more about the text book and purchase it from a variety of retailers including Amazon, Barnes & Nobles , Border's and Zewditu's book publisher, Authorhouse. You can see a preview of the book at Amazon.

 she has taught several Amharic sessions this year. If you are interested in joining her next session or would like private tutoring, please contact Zewditu at

Fidel, the alphabet system used to read and speak Amharic, is made up of 33 base characters, each with its own unique sound We choose Amharic Word of the Day words based on the Ethiopian Fidel characters used to pronounce them.  Let us explain.Fidel from each base character, another six characters are derived. And each of these characters also have a unique pronunciation. Our word choices follow the order in which the base characters and their "children" characters are presented 

ሀ-ha  ሁ-hu  ሂ-hi  ሃ-haa  ሄ-hey  ህ-h  ሆ- ho


If you live in the New York area and wanted to get in-person instruction, then you should link up with our resident Amharic expert, Zewditu Fesseha. A dedicated instructor and a cultural ambassador in her own right, Zewditu has taught Amharic in the New York area for several years. She has also written a text book: Amharic Ethiopian Script: Laqech One.

Recently, Zewditu has worked with Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy in Brooklyn, NY where she has taught several Amharic sessions this year. In January 2010, Zewditu taught a 10-day, language intensive course for a group of Medgar Evers College students who were planning a learning expedition to Ethiopia in February 2010.

Zewditu is currently teaching a weekly introductory Amharic Course through the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. The course starts Sunday, March 28 and continues through Sunday, June 6. To learn more about the course, please visit our events page. If you are interested in joining her next session or would like private tutoring, please contact Zewditu at

Blog Posts

Dialog of the week

Posted by Zewditu Fesseha on April 25, 2015 at 4:48pm 0 Comments

 1. ወደ ቅርሳ ቅርስ ሱቅ መሄድ wed qrsa qrs suq mehied/  going to antique shope

 2. ይህ ሰእል ያምራል- yh seal yamral- this pain is beautiful 

 3. ሰአሌው ማን ይባላል- sealiw man ybalal- What the name of painter?

 4. ወ.ሮ ደስታ ሃጎስ ይባላሉ- w/ro Desta Hagos ybalalu- the painter name is ms Desta Hagos . 

Amharic Word of the day 19 of may ,2014

Posted by Zewditu Fesseha on May 19, 2014 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Fidel of the day is wi -ዊ

Welcome to Learn Amharic where you can learn a new word in Amharic every day.The word of the day; pronounced <ኢትዮጵያዊ ethiopiawi which means <Ethiopian)

Thank you for reading

dialog of the week 18 may ,2014

Posted by Zewditu Fesseha on May 18, 2014 at 9:30am 0 Comments


ጠጅ/tej-honey wine home made


ለስላሳ/leslasa-sofet drink

dialog of the week 17 may ,2014

Posted by Zewditu Fesseha on May 17, 2014 at 9:30am 0 Comments

            መጠጥ/metet- drink 

 ጠላ/tela-home made beer

ፊሊተር ወይንም የተጣራ ጠላ/filiter tela- home made filtered beer

አረቄ/ areqey-home made liquor 


I'm trying to pronounce amharic

Started by Nicholas Bailey. Last reply by Nicholas Bailey Apr 21, 2011. 3 Replies

When I hear someone speak amharic, I write the sound, for example: senikenemasacho, btyetno, besilklitkn,  yetebesadabo, eskelbito, mezaha, etc.  By using the fidel, I can translate amharic writing…Continue

All About Ethiopia

Started by Victor Haseman. Last reply by Zewditu Fesseha Aug 30, 2010. 4 Replies

Learn Amharic is a place where you can learn to speak Amharic. It is also a place where our community of learners can share what they know about the language, culture and people of Ethiopia. We…Continue

Tags: Resources, Ethiopian

Looking for Amharic tutor or classes in Seattle

Started by David Avraham Jun 19, 2010. 0 Replies

I am looking to take Amhaaric Lessons in Seattle area or classesDaviddavidcliftonpitts@live.comContinue

How do you say... in Amharic?

Started by Victor Haseman. Last reply by Zewditu Fesseha Dec 5, 2009. 1 Reply

One of the best ways to learn Amharic is by learning practical phrases. Submit your questions about Amharic phrases and we will do our best to reply with answers. The best of your questions will get…Continue

Tags: Phrases, Amharic, Basic

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 Amharic session in New York city is coming soon .For those out of NY we accommodating class  by Skype.

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