Furniture in Amharic

Welcome to part 12 of the learn Amharic series. Today we will talk about things found around a home.

House: ቤት (BAE-T)
Room: ክፍል (KI-FI-L)
Living room: ሳሎን (SA-LO-N)
Bedroom: መኝታ ቤት (ME-GNE-TA BAE-T)
Kitchen: ኩሽና (KO-SHIN-NA)
Bathroom: ሽንት ቤት (SHIN-T BAE-T)
Attic: ቆጥ (KO-T)
Backyard: ጓሮ (GUA-RO)
Roof: ጣርያ (TAr-YA)
Ceiling: ኮርኒስ (KO-R-NI-S)
Wall: ግድግዳ (GI-DI-GI-DA)
Door: በር (BE-R)
Window: መስኮት (ME-SI-KO-T)
Stairs: ደረጃ (DE-RE-JA)
Curtain: መጋረጃ (ME-GA-RE-JA)
Table: ጠረጴዛ (TE-RE-PE-ZA)
Chair: ወንበር (We-ne-be-r)
Stool: በርጩማ (BE-RI-CHU-MA)
Bed: አልጋ (AL-GA)
Couch/Sofa: ሶፋ (So-fa)
Blanket: ጋቢ (GA-BI)
Bed sheets: አንሶላ (A-N-SO-LA)
Mattress: ፍራሽ (FI-RA-SH)
Pillow: ትራስ (TI-RA-S)
Shelf: መደርደርያ (ME-DE-RI-DE-Ri-YA)
Dresser: ቁምሳጥን (KU-MI-SA-TI-N)
Cabinet: ኮመዲና (KO-ME-DI-NA)
Stove: ምድጃ (MI-DA-J)
Fridge: ፍሪጅ (FI-RE-GE)
Scale: ሚዛን (MI-ZA-N)
Scissor: መቀስ (ME-KE-S)
Tea Kettle: ማንቆርቆርያ (MAN-KO-R-KO-R-YA)
Pot: ድስት (DI-SI-T)
Pan: መጥበሻ (ME-TI-BE-SHA)
Knife: ቢላ (BI-LA)
Wooden Spoon: ማማሰያ (MA-ME-SI-YA)
Glass cup: ብርጭቆ (BIR-CH-KO)
Cup: ኩባያ (KU-BA-YA)
Spoon: ማንኪያ (MAN-KI-YA)
Fork: ሹኪያ (Shoo-ki-ya)
Plate: ሳህን (SE-HA-N)
Bowl: ጎድጓዳ ሳህን (GO-DI-GWA-DA SE-HA-N)
Cutting Board: መክተፊያ (ME-KI-TE-FI-YA)
Strainer: ማጣርያ (MA-TI-LE-YA)
TV: ቲቪ (TV)
Radio: ራዲዮን (RE-DI-YO)
Computer: ኮምፕዩተር (CO-ME-PU-TER)
Laptop: ላፕቶፕ (LA-PE-TO-P)
Phone: ስልክ (SI-LI-K)

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Colors in Amharic

Welcome toe learn Amharic #11. Today We will discuss the colors. Remember I can’t possibly go over every color in existence, so feel free to ask in the comments.

White: ነጭ (NE-CH)
Black: ጥቁር (TE-KU-R)
Grey: ግራጫ (GE-RA-CH-A)
Purple: ሐምራዊ (HA-ME-RA-WE)
Pink: ሮዝ (RO-Z)
Brown: ቡኒ (BOO-NI)
Red: ቀይ (QE-Y)
Yellow: ቢጫ (BEE-CH-A)
Green: አረንጓዴ (A-RE-N-GWA-DAY)
Blue: ሰማያዊ (SE-MA-YA-WE)
Orange: ብርቱካን (BIR-TU-KA-N)
Golden: ወርቃማ (WER-K-MA)
Bronze: መዳብ (ME-DA-B)
Silver:  ብር (BI-RR)
To color/paint: መቀባት (ME-KE-BA-T)

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Jobs in Amharic

Welcome back everyone! I am so excited to announce that this will be part 10 of the learn Amharic series. We have come a long way from the first post. By now most of you have amassed a large amount of Amharic words that will become essential as our series continues on. For the next couple of weeks, we will continue to build your Amharic vocabulary and then we will get started with grammar.

Jobs in Amharic

Teacher: አስተማሪ (AS-TE-MA-RI)
Professor: መምህር (ME-HE-MI-R)
Waiter/Waitress: አስተናጋጅ (AS-TE-NA-GA-CH)
Doctor: ሃኪም (HA-KI-M)
Dentist: የጥርስ ሐኪም (YE-TIR-S HA-KI-M)
Nurse: አስታማሚ (AS-TA-MA-MI)
Salesman: ሻጭ (SHA-CH)
Actor/Actress: ተዋናኝ (TE-WA-NA-GN-E)
Reporter: ዘጋቢ (ZE-GA-BI)
Solider: ወታደር (WE-TA-DE-R)
Politician: ፖለቲከኛ (PO-LE-TI-KE-GN-A)
Police: ፖሊስ (PO-LI-CE)
Baker: ጋጋሪ (GA-GA-RI)
Barber: ጸጉር ቆራጭ (TSE-GUR KO-RA-CH)
Priest: ካህን (KA-H-N)
Pilot: ፓይለት (PI-LET)
Poet: ገጣሚ (GE-TA-MI)
Writer: ደራሲ (DE-RA-SI)
Broker: ደላላ (DE-LA-LA)
Carpenter: አናጺ (A-NA-TSI)
Engineer: መሃንዲስ (ME-HA-N-DI-S)
Farmer: ገበሬ (GE-BE-RE)
Musician: ሙዚቀኛ (MO0-ZI-KE-GN-A)
Lawyer: ጠበቃ (TE-BE-KA)
Judge: ዳኛ (DA-GN-A)
Coach: አሰልጣኝ (A-SE-LE-TA-GN-E)

*Keep in mind that some jobs keep their English names. Such jobs can include Accountants, Police, Hostess, and Bookkeeper.*

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Foods in Amharic Part 2

Welcome everyone to part 9 of the learn Amharic series. Today, we will do part 2 of foods in Amharic. If you have not read the first part yet, you can do so here.

Potato: ድንች (DI-NI-CH)
Sweet Potato: ስኳር ድንች (SE-KUA-R DI-NI-CH)
Carrot: ካሮት (KA-RO-T)
Pumpkin: ዱባ (DU-BA)
Beet: ቀይ ስር (KY-SIR)
Pepper: ቃርያ (KA-R-YA)
Ginger: ዝንጅብል (ZIN-GI-BIL)
Garlic: ነጭ ሽንኩርት (NE-CH SHIN-KUR-T)
Onion: ሽንኩርት (SHIN-KUR-T)
Mushroom: እንጉዳይ (EN-GU-DYE)
Lettuce: ሰላጣ (SE-LA-TA)
Collard Greens: ጎመን (GO-ME-N)
Cabbage: ጥቅል ጎመን (TI-KEL-GO-ME-N)
Rosemary: ሮዝሚር (RO-Z-ME-RRY)
Corn: በቆሎ (BE-KO-LO)
Peas: አተር (A-TE-R)
Lentils: ምስር (MI-SIR)
Beans: ባቄላ (BA-KE-LA)
Tomato: ቲማቲም (TI-MA-TI-M)
Strawberry: እንጆሪ (IN-JO-RI)
Pineapple: አናናስ (A-NA-NA-S)
Peach: ኮክ (KO-K)
Mango: ማንጎ (MAN-GO)
Lemon: ሎሚ (LO-ME)
Apple: ፓም (PO-M)
Orange: ብርቱካን (BIR-TU-KA-N)
Grapes: ወይን (WEY-N)
Banana: ሙዝ (MOO-Z)
Avocado: አቡካዶ (A-BOO-KA-DO)
Stew: ወጥ (W-ET)
Peanuts: ኦቾሎኒ (OH-CHO-LO-NI)
To be hungry: መራብ (ME-RA-B)
To eat: መብላት (ME-BE-LA-T)
To be thirsty: መቲማት (ME-T-MA-T)
Are you hungry?:ርቦሃል? (E-RE-BO-HA-L)Male
አርባሻለ (E-RE-BO-SH-L)Female
አርቧችወሌ (E-RE-BWA-CHU-WA-L)Plural
Are you thirsty?: ተጠምተሃል (TE-ME-TO-HA-L)Male
ተጠምተሻል (TE-ME-TO-SHA-L)Female
ተምቷቹሀሌ (TE-ME-TWA-CHU-HA-L)Plural
I’m full: ጠገብኩ (TE-GE-BE-KU)

Breakfast: ቁርስ (KU-RI-S)
Lunch: ምሳ (MI-SA)
Dinner: እራት (E-RAT)
Snack time: መክሰስ (ME-K-SE-S)

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Foods in Amharic

Hello everyone one! Welcome to part 8 of the learn Amharic series. I apologize for not posting last week, I had been very busy with school and blogging. Remember I post the videos a day or two before, so you can go over to The Talk With Moi to look at the videos.

Today’s lesson is split into two parts. Part 1 which we will do today will go over some foods such as milk, eggs, butter etc. Part 2 which I will post this Sunday and the video on Friday will go over fruits and vegetables. I still haven’t recorded the video yet, so if you have food items that I haven’t talked about today make sure to ask them in the comments here or on YouTube.

Foods in Amharic part 1

Macaroni: ሞኮሮኒ (Me-ke-ro-ni)
Pasta: ፓስታ (Pa-s-ta)
Wheat: ስንዴ (Se-ne-day)
Teff: ጤፍ (TE-FF)
Injera: እንጀራ ( In-Ger-A)
*For those who don’t know what Injera is, I will do a post probably in two weeks explaining what it is and how to make it*
Popcorn: ፈንዲሻ (FEN-DI-SHA)
Rice: ሩዝ (roo-z)
Barley: ገብስ (GE-BS)
Honey: ማር (Ma-r)
Tea: ሻይ (Shy)
Coffee: ቡና (BOO-NA)
*Coffee is a popular drink in Ethiopia. I will have a post in a couple of weeks on the coffee ceremony.*
Soda: ለስላሳ (LE-S-E-LA-SA)
Water: ውሃ (We-Ha)
Sugar: ስኳር (Se-kua-r)
Salt: ጨው (Che-w)
Bread: ዳቦ (Da-Bo)
Butter: ቅቤ (Ki-Bay)
Yogurt: እርጎ (E-r-go)
Milk: ወተት (We-t-te)
Cheese: አይብ (Eye-b)
Meat: ስጋ (Se-ga)
Egg: እንቁላል (E-ne-ku-la-Le)
Cooking Oil: ዘይት (Ze-ye-t)
Spices: ቅመም (Ke-me-m)
Cake: ኬክ (Cake)
Pizza: ፒዛ (pizza)
Doughnut: ዶናት (Donut)
Hamburger: ሀምበርገር (Ham-Burger)
Biscuits: ብስኩት (Bis-cut)

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Foods part 1 

The Seasons in Amharic

Welcome to learn Amharic #7! Today We will be talking about the seasons.

Morning: ጠዋት(Te-Wat)
Afternoon: ከሰዓት(Ke-Sat)
Evening: ምሽት (Me-Shet)
Midnight: ሌሊት(Le-Lit)
Sun: ጸሃይ (Tse-Hi)
Moon: ጨረቃ(Che-Re-Qa)
Star: ኮከብ(Ko-Keb)
Fall: በልግ(Bel-G)
Winter: ክረምት(Ke-Re-Me-T)
Spring: ጸደይ(Tse-Day)

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The Animals in Amharic

Welcome to part 6 of the learn Amharic series. Today we will be learning about the animals. Like the body parts lesson, I can’t possibly give you the name for every animal, but I have talked about most of the common animals. Again Today’s blog will be like the last, with just the vocab words since there aren’t any rules that we have to talk about.

Dog: ውሻ(Wisha)
Cat: ድመት(Dimet)
Bird: ወፍ(Wef)
Pigeon: እርግብ(Erigib)
Sheep: በግ(Beg)
Goat: ፍየል(Feyel)
Ox: በሬ(Berae)
Cow: ላም(Lam)
Rooster: አውራዶሮ(Awradoro)
Hen: ዶሮ(Doro)
Donkey: አህያ(Aheya)
Pig: አሳማ(Asama)
Horse: ፈረስ(Feres)
Camel: ግመል(Gemel)
Bat: የሌሊት ወፍ(Yelelit wef)
Duck: ዳክዬ(Dakiye)
Owl: ጉጉት(Googoot)
Ostrich: ሰጎን(Segon)
Fish: አሳ(Asa)
Frog: አንቁራሪት(Enkurarit)
Ant: ጉንዳን(Goondan)
Bee: ንብ(Nb)
Butterfly: ብራብሮ(Birabiro)
Rabbit: ጥንቸል(Tinchel)
Rat: አይጥ(Ayt)
Lion: አንበሳ(Anbsa)
Tiger: ነብር(Neber)
Cheetah: አቦሸማኔ(Aboshemanae)
Elephant: ዝሆን(Zehon)
Rhino: አውራሪስ(Awraris)
Hippo: ጉማሬ(Gomare)
Leopard: ነብር(Nebr)
Fox: ቀበሮ(Kebero)
Hyena: ጅብ(GiB)
Zebra: የሜዳአህያ(Yemeda-aheya)
Snake: እባብ(Ebab)
Tortoise: ኤሊ(Ale)
Wolf: ተኩላ(Tekula)
Giraffe: ቀጭኔ(Kechenae)
Turkey: ጅግራ(Jigra)
Deer: ሚዳቆ(Midaqo)

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Body Parts in Amharic

Before we get started with today’s lesson, I would like to announce some changes. I have a created a quizlet class. This is where I will post all vocab words. Quizlet has games which allows you to learn the words quickly and effectively. If you go to the worksheet section, every lesson from now on will have a link that will take you to the quizlet set. By using quizlet I have taken out the quizzes that i used to post at the end of each blog. I noticed how I can’t possibly quiz you on everything, so why not let quizlet do it for me.

Today we will be talking about “The Body Parts”. Make sure that you have achieved a passing score on Lesson 1-4 review test. I know it was a bit lengthy, but it will test whether or not you are ready to move on to lesson 5.

Head: ራስ (Ras) or ጭንቅላት (Chinkellat)
Eye: አይን (Ayn)
Eyebrow: ቅንድብ (Kindib)
Nose: አፍንጫ (Afencha)
Mouth: አፍ (Af)
Lips: ከንፈር (Kenfer)
Ears: ጆሮ (Joro)
Teeth: ጥርስ (Tirs)
Hair: ጸጉር (Tsegur)
Forehead: ግንባር(Ginbar)
Tongue: ምላስ(Milas)
Cheek: ጉንጭ (Gonch)
Chin: አገጭ (Agech)
Neck: አንገት (Anget)
Throat: ጉሮሮ (Guroro)
Shoulder: ትከሻ (Tikesha)
Arm: ክንድ (Kend)
Hand: እጅ (Ej)
Thumb: አውራ ጣት ( Awra Tat)
Finger: ጣት (Tat)
Fingernail: ጥፍር (Tifir)
Armpit: ብብት (Bebit)
Back: ጀርባ (Jerba)
Waist: ወገብ (Wegeb)
Stomach: ሆድ (Hod)
Leg: እግር (Egir)
Thigh: ታፋ (Tafa)
Knee: ጉልበት (Gulbet)
Ankle: ቁርጭምጭሚት (Qur-chm-chm-mit)

All of the words are in the singular form. We will learn about the plural form later on.

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That would be it for today’s lesson. Be sure to go to the worksheets section to find the practice for today’s lesson. Also be sure to join our class on quizlet.

Lessons 1-4 Test

Today we will have our first test. Make sure that you fully understand lessons 1-4. Take the quizzes at the end of each lesson over and over until you can receive 80% or higher.  Also make sure to watch the videos, so you can master the pronunciation. Since lesson 4 was a bit hard, try to do the worksheet as well.Also go over the vocab sheet to see what words we have gone over. Remember to take your time when taking the test.

I will now review some rules that we learned.

  • Amharic is a language that is gender based. Verbs will change their endings based on the gender of the person receiving the action. Verbs can also have a formal and informal ending.
  • Amharic numbers have two parts just like most languages. A base that tells you what group of numbers you are talking about such as twenty, thirty,forty and the word for 1-9
  • The Ethiopian Calendar has 13 months with 12 months of those months having 30 days. The 13th month has 5 to 6 days depending on whether it is a leap year or not.
  • The Ethiopian calendar also starts on September 11( Gregorian Calendar) or September 12(Gregorian Calendar) if it’s a leap year.
  • The Ethiopian Calendar is usually behind 7-8 days from the Gregorian Calendar. It is also 7 years behind.

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The test is a bit lengthy, so take your time, and Good Luck! If you have a trouble answering the questions review the previous lessons. Also feel free to message me with any questions, I am more than happy to help 🙂

How to tell time and say the months in Amharic

I apologize for not posting last week. I went to a family reunion and once i got home i was too tired to write a blog post. Today I will be teaching you how to say the months in Amharic as well as time. So without further ado let’s get started!

What makes the Ethiopian Calendar so special? 

The Ethiopian Calendar is different from the Gregorian calendar. It has 13 months with 12 months of those months having 30 days. The 13th month has 5 to 6 days depending on whether it is a leap year or not. The Ethiopian calendar also starts on September 11( Gregorian Calendar) or September 12(Gregorian Calendar) if it’s a leap year.  The Ethiopian Calendar is usually behind 7-8 days from the Gregorian Calendar. It is also 7 years behind, so that means in Ethiopia it is currently 2009.

So let’s now go over some words related to time

Day: ቀን (Qen)
Week: ሳምንት (Sament)
Month: ወር (Wer)
Year: አመት (Amet)
Yesterday:ትላንት (Telantena)
Today:ዛሬ (Zare)
Tomorrow: ነገ (Nege)
This year: ዘንድሮ (Zendro)
Last year: አምና (Amna)
The year before last: ካቻምና (kachamna)
Second: ሰከንድ (Sekend)
Minute: ደቂቃ (Dekiqa)
Hour: ሰዓት (Se-at)

The months in Amharic 

September: መስከረም (Meskerem)
October: ጥቅምት (Tekmit)
November:ህዳር (Hidar)
December:ታህሳስ (Tahsas)
January: ጥር (Tir)
February:የካቲት (Yekatit)
March:መጋቢት (megabit)
April:ሚያዝያ (Meyaza)
May:ግንቦት (Ginbot)
June:ሰኔ (Senae)
July:ሃምሌ (Hamlay)
August:ነሓሴ (Nehasay)
The 13th month:ጳጉሜ (Pagumay)

Time

Time can be really confusing. Let’s first talk about the basics. The Ethiopian time uses the 12 hour format just like how clocks work in the USA, but the big difference is that the numbers don’t correspond to the same thing. Think of the Ethiopian clock as the inverse of the USA format. Let me show you what i mean …

In USA                In Ethiopia

12 am/pm              6 am/pm
1 am/pm                7 am/pm
2 am/pm               8 am/pm 
3 am/pm                9 am/pm 
4 am/pm                10 am/pm
5 am/pm                 11 am/pm
6 am/pm                 12 am/pm
7 am/pm                  1 am/pm
8 am/pm                  2 am/pm
9 am/pm                  3 am/pm 
10 am/pm                 4 am/pm
11 am/pm                  5 am/pm

Now this might seem a bit confusing,but it is not. With a little bit of practice ,you should master it fairly quickly. If you want more practice check out the worksheets page which has converting time practice worksheet under lesson 4.

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That would be it for today’s lesson. If you have any questions, be sure to ask them in the comments. Next week we will have our first review and test. The test will cover everything we learned from lesson 1 up to now.