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Learning How to Speak Amharic in Ethiopia (basic expressions)

in Ethiopia Travel Blog, Travel Blogs, Travel Video

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
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{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

Angelinem1 November 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Good lesson, but just one point….ciao is not Spanish, it’s Italian.

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WanderingTrader November 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Ciao is Italian.. Chao is Spanish.. pronounced the same way :-)

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TheWorldOrBust November 21, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Got Ethiopians saying papi, oyeeee

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WanderingTrader March 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm

you are going to have a great time just be sure to not let the taxi drivers hustle you! lol

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gina August 9, 2012 at 9:28 am

What does eeneh eewoudeshalloh mean?

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Marcello August 14, 2012 at 10:55 pm

eeneh would be my but the second word I dont know Gina.. sorry I couldn’t be of much help

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Sara August 30, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Gina it means ” I like you” its Bieng told to a girl.

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Abe October 4, 2012 at 6:11 am

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.

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Marcello October 6, 2012 at 2:28 am

Lol thanks Abe

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Samrawit December 31, 2012 at 9:41 pm

How do you say “no problem”.?( Like after someone says thank you.)

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Marcello January 8, 2013 at 1:33 am

Samrawit I never actually learned that since okay works just fine anywhere around the world

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Nicole January 9, 2013 at 1:28 am

How to say “hello world” in Amharic, it’s for class.

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Marcello February 11, 2013 at 11:34 am

You say Salam :-)

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Kabo March 1, 2013 at 4:58 am

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

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Eddie Ayangha March 11, 2013 at 9:47 am

ere bakesh alekerebeshem eshii please what hat does that mean in english

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Marcello March 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Sorry Eddie I don’t know that much Amharic!

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Tes March 21, 2013 at 11:41 am

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).

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Ella April 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I know the basic things in amharic but im just checking, whats ‘happy easter?

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Mando May 24, 2013 at 3:19 pm

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

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hannah May 27, 2013 at 5:29 pm

omg ahmaric is so easy i have been speaking it fromm age 4.

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Ato bado ras July 2, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Samrawit, “No problem” in Amharic is chegger yellem

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George August 26, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Samrawit — or “Minem aydelem” = no problem, too

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Josselyn September 26, 2013 at 12:22 pm

What does “ere enedezi sewene mezegate yawattale” mean?

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Marcello September 27, 2013 at 2:11 pm

If anyone could help Josselyn out that would be great! I have no idea what that means

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Josselyn September 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm

What does “gena new” mean?

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Hanna September 29, 2013 at 4:49 pm

“gena new” mean “It’s Christmas”; though in Ethiopia Christmas is on January 7th.

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Lily October 28, 2013 at 9:09 am

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

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Tangut November 4, 2013 at 11:05 pm

@ 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?”

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Eyerusalem November 9, 2013 at 8:16 pm

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?

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Felix November 29, 2013 at 11:48 am

Wedjeashalew meaning please…!thank you.

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Marcello November 29, 2013 at 8:47 pm

If someone wants to help Felix above :)

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Brittany December 24, 2013 at 10:30 pm

How do you say little sister?

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Sal Sudany December 26, 2013 at 5:32 pm

l love to learn ethiopian language . l live ln canada and realy i wold like to learn so l need som help

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fahima January 5, 2014 at 12:57 am

how to say “u mean everything to me” in amharic

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nix January 5, 2014 at 1:35 am

Isn’t woudeshaloh i love you feom a man to a women

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ibrahim January 26, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Very easy but need more time

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Dominique February 7, 2014 at 2:26 pm

how do I say “FREE” in amharic?

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chris March 25, 2014 at 10:54 am

So nice to understand other language- can you tell me the meaning of this “-baxam echilo ate endeti hawkii”

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Dru April 12, 2014 at 11:15 pm

What does “afkrjalhu ene eko” mean please ?

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Jj San April 16, 2014 at 5:58 pm

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.

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Jj San April 16, 2014 at 6:04 pm

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 ??

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See Jay April 22, 2014 at 3:00 am

Can anyone tells me what “fikir nafkehalehu” means please ?

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Yemi July 17, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Oww u guys z way u write z spelling’s (z Amharic) its so funny any hu here iz right hand if u need help!!

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