Amharic አማርኛ

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Re: Amharic አማርኛ

Postby Meera » 2012-06-22, 16:16

księżycowy wrote:They both use basically the same sounds. However, Amharic has simplified a bit, so you don't find <Ɂ>, <ħ>, <ʕ>, etc.


Oh okay, Amharic is soo interesting.
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Re: Amharic አማርኛ

Postby Cesare M. » 2012-06-22, 21:47

Babelfish wrote:አመሰግናለሁ ቼዛሬ! የአማርኛ ተናጋሪ በርግጥ እንቸግራለን...


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Re: Amharic አማርኛ

Postby Limagne » 2012-06-25, 15:58

This site has lots of books in Amharic (including Haddis Alemayehu's classic Fiqir Iske Meqabir) and a bunch of other languages spoken in Ethiopia :

http://good-amharic-books.com/books.php

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Re: Amharic አማርኛ

Postby ceid donn » 2012-09-03, 22:30

I heard some Amharic spoken on an episode of NOVA last night. It was really cool. The script is intimidating though!

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Re: Amharic አማርኛ

Postby Babelfish » 2012-09-07, 19:25

If you're studying Japanese, the Ethiopic script should look like a walk in the park! And so should most other scripts in the world... :P

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Re: Amharic አማርኛ

Postby księżycowy » 2012-09-07, 21:16

Indeed, Amharic script is a lot easier then Japanese! It's a pretty standard syllabary.

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Re: Amharic አማርኛ

Postby モモンガ » 2012-09-21, 12:49

I made myself a challenge of learning at least one official language of each country of the world to the beginner level (A1).
And it happens that the only African language I will have to learn (not that I don't plan to learn any others) will be Amharic as it's the sole language of Ethiopia.

I wonder, how hard is Amharic grammar?
Judging from the grammars of its language neighbours like Arabic and Hebrew it doesn't seems to be a piece of cake.
And the writing system...
I have downloaded video which teaches the Fidel (not the Cuban one! sorry for the silly joke) and I will be rewatching it several times for it to stick.

I am using アムハラ語会話基本テキスト, SF 200 Hour Familiarization Course: Introduction to Amharic and FSI Amharic Basic Course .
I hope I can manage to learn something of it.
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Re: Amharic አማርኛ

Postby Babelfish » 2012-09-21, 14:48

Amharic has a rather complex and rich grammar, in verbs at least. Familiarity with other Semitic languages such as Hebrew and Arabic would be helpful, though it's not that similar. Then again, if your native language is Polish then complex grammars shouldn't be reasons for you to complain :wink:

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Re: Amharic አማርኛ

Postby モモンガ » 2012-10-27, 17:26

I see... I was afraid it would be so.
Well, Polish grammar can be conplicated, but at least I didn't have to learn it as a foreign learner.
I have tried to learn both Arabic and Hebrew, but didn't went too far yet.
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Re: Amharic አማርኛ

Postby Babelfish » 2013-05-03, 17:07

Regarding the script: the big tables with all consonant+vowel combinations can be discouraging, but in fact many forms are regular. I've created a webpage showing the regular and irregular formations with colors. You're welcome to have a look 8-)

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/67621112/Fidel%20Table.html

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Re: Amharic አማርኛ

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Re: Amharic አማርኛ

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Re: Amharic አማርኛ

Postby Babelfish » 2013-05-10, 19:45

Not my kind of music after all...

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Could somebody help me to translate this?

Postby flix_ujin » 2013-10-13, 22:30

Hi guys! I'm very interested in Amharic language.
Could you please help me to translate this speech into English?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7W7VBujo-c#t=1m47s <--- it starts from 1:45

and this one also...

https://soundcloud.com/user562460/selas ... e-salassie
Thanks a lot! :mrgreen:

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Re: Amharic አማርኛ

Postby Elaine » 2014-06-26, 11:41

ጥሩ የሰዋሰው መጽሐፍ ያውቃሉ?
Do you know a good grammar book?

I need a good grammar book. If there is, please just write out its name. ;)
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Re: Amharic አማርኛ

Postby księżycowy » 2014-06-26, 17:22

Textbook or reference grammar?

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Re: Amharic አማርኛ

Postby Elaine » 2014-06-26, 17:23

księżycowy wrote:Textbook or reference grammar?


It doesn't matter. I was just looking for a book to study, and don't forget that I prefer both. ;)
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Re: Amharic አማርኛ

Postby księżycowy » 2014-06-26, 17:28

The best one I know of that is a great textbook(and pretty comprehensive with it's grammar treatment) is the FSI Amharic Basic Course. Though the script is left to the second volume. Colloquial Amharic is good for a start too.

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Re: Amharic አማርኛ

Postby Elaine » 2014-06-26, 17:34

księżycowy wrote:The best one I know of that is a great textbook(and pretty comprehensive with it's grammar treatment) is the FSI Amharic Basic Course. Though the script is left to the second volume. Colloquial Amharic is good for a start too.


I already have them and I like them both. I needed more resources but thanks anyway ;) And I can convert the texts in the first volume (FSI Amharic Basic Course) into Ge'ez script ;)
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Re: Amharic አማርኛ

Postby księżycowy » 2014-06-26, 17:46

Wolf Leslau has authored some good Amharic learning materials, most importantly a grammar or two. Unfortunately some of his stuff is hard to find now however.

Other then that, it would be a rare treat to find anything else (unless there's something in German, French, Italian or Russian that I'm unaware of).


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