Amharic is the official language of Ethiopia. The language is a Semitic language related to Hebrew and Arabic, and if you know either one you’ll recognize some cognates. In all parts of the country everyone speaks Amharic to some extent, no matter what their first language may be. The language is written in the Ge’ez script.

In big cities, most people under 40 speak some English. (English is the primary foreign language taught in schools.) In rural areas, find local school children to translate for you for a fee that could be next to nothing. (Ethiopians have a distinct way of speaking English. Because it is heavily accented, it might be a bit difficult to understand it at the beginning. However, when you get used to the way they pronounce some English words, it will become fairly understandable.)

Up north in Tigray, Tigrinya is the primary language, and it’s also written in Ge’ez. However, Amharic is widely understood.

In the middle regions, Oromo is widely spoken. Oromo language uses a Latin alphabet. (source: Wikitravel)


  1. fasil
    April 17, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    do lumbar sympathoctomy carried out in ethiopia

  2. aman amare
    December 10, 2015 at 3:45 am

    hi when i sow the title i was surprises ..what am thinking is do i get a solution for my problem in ethiopia!! but when i read the page there is no anything you say about hyperhidrosis problem society ..please we suffered by this disorder ..we isolated from the society
    .so why joked …am 25 years old i have a problem in my palm and around my feet i can’t meet friends freely i can’t read write and even cooked ….so please if you have a solution in Ethiopia surgery or drug inform to us..
    with regard
    aman amare

    • February 17, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      I sympathized with you aman. I am not sure if ETS surgery is available in your country; only you will know because you are living there. You have to do some research and ask your local government how they can help you. Make a research on the internet about ETS procedure in your country. Yet I have to remind you this will be of course your last resort. You have to decide what is the best for you.

  3. March 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    well it is good idea

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