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Learning How to Speak Amharic in Ethiopia (basic expressions)

Curious about what language they speak in Ethiopia? Have no fear, WanderingTrader is here to teach how you everything you need to know.  Along with Hebrew, Amharic is one of the oldest written languages in the world.  Whenever I travel to a country I always try to at least learn all of the basic expressions to make sure that the local hustlers don’t try to rip me off.  I found a long time ago that when you say something in their language they will back off a lot faster than when you just look like a tourist.

Watch full video on Youtube (click link) –> Learning To Speak Amharic in Ethiopia

How Do You Say That In Amharic?

  • Hello- Salam
  • Goodbye – Ironically I use the Spanish Ciao and everyone understands
  • How are you – Salamnu
    • For a Girl – Salamnesh or Endem-nesh
    • For a Man- Salamnu
  • I am good: Indem-ne-nay
  • Thank you – Amah-Sigah-Nalu
  • Please, Your Welcome – Manalk
  • Yes: Ah-Ow
  • No: I
  • Okay: Eeshee
  • My brother: When-dem-neh
  • Oh My God!: Weigh-Neh
  • How Much (Does it Cost) – Seenta-No
  • Whats your name (male) – Sigh-meh-mah-no
  • Whats your name (female) – SIH-mesh-mah-no?
  • Pretty – Conjo
  • You Are Beautiful – Betam Conjo
  • My Beauty – Ene Conjo


  1. Gina Aweddashalehu means I love you. enae eewoudeshalloh is a wierd spelling but yup that’s what it means lol :) If a guy said this to you say Aweddahallehu (Ah-wud-da-ha-leooh) back. Its how you say I love you to men or boys.

  2. just got an Ethiopian friend and language is a bit of a problem, so I’m trying to learn basic words to communicate with him. This actually helps

      1. I think it means something like “girl, please, ——–, okay? sorry I’m a heritage speaker so I know only some from my family.

  3. Eddie, it’s not a complete sentence so won’t make sense but literal meaning is ‘you haven’t got closer, ok’ addressed to a female. The way it’s said suggests the addressee thought they got too close to something (or were actually not close enough to something and being advised to get closer).

  4. Guys ewedhalew means i like u not i love u.afekerhalew means ilove u(male) but for female afkershalew.:)i like amharic language its intresting,amharic harif kwankwa

  5. Josselyn I think gena new means its not ready yet and ere endeze sew mezgate yawatale means what do you get from ignoring people lol I think

  6. @ Josselyn Gena new = not now
    “ere enedezi sewene mezegate yawattale” is away of saying “long time no see” or in a more playful manner something like “is it cool to ignore me for so long?”

  7. hey josselyn I don’t think you spelled the words right but it means”will giving the silent treatment to people get you where ever you want?”so it means that,it looks like the person saying this is mad/annoyed I wonder where you heard it?

    1. Hey guys I’m a South African and there are so many different races here speaking different languages but i’d like to start with Amharic learning these languages help out… How do I say “I like what you are doing” in Amharic?

    1. I know the first word of that means I love you, but only in romantic context. the nest is my —– sorry i hope it helps some

  8. Salamnu.. is to sound like gangster. Lol. Andemna or andemnish sound less like cool guy , just to play it safe. Though, Salamnu, still acceptable. We say it to friends.

    1. Had to add. Andemna is like, “how are you?”. A typical response would be denna, which you could reply with dennana. Salamnu is more like. .. “Sup?”..? I think that word is close to the same?
      ?? Salamnu = Sup ??

  9. Thx for d effort, however how you spell d words is funny! what does: Lemacho Becha ayedelem Merechawoten Yegelxulgn Le Megabez zegeju Negn. mean?

  10. Hello I was wondering how you spell “Family is Forever” and “Family, Its deeper than blood” in Amharic characters.Thank you for your time

  11. Hi ! Can somebody -urgently- help to translate a text from Ahmaric to English?
    I need to send you a picture of this writing though!
    Let me know your email address!
    Bye – Giulia

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