Hello Everyone, Welcome to the first lesson. Today i will talk about the basics of Amharic and also the format of all my blog posts.
All the blog post I do will have the same format. I will start of the blog by talking about what we will be learning for that day and then quickly move on into the lesson. I don’t like making my introductions too long since I want to get into the lesson quickly. After I talk about the words we will be learning about for the day, I will have a video teaching you how to pronounce these words. In my videos, I repeat the word 2-3 times. It’s is recommended that you say the words with me, and pause the video to repeat the words several times. I also recommend having a notebook, so you can write down all the notes. It’s best that you write down these notes as “he who writes learns twice” After the video I will either leave a link or embed the quiz on to the post. After 3 posts, I will have a “test” which will test your knowledge of the language, so far. After 10 posts, I will have a final exam post which will test your knowledge of the language in depth. The quizzes and tests are nothing to be scared of, you can take them as much as you want but remember in order to learn the language you will have to put in the work. Amharic isn’t a hard language but it is a language the demands practice, so be willing to put in 10-15 minutes practice time for Amharic each day. If you have any questions, you can leave them in the comments or contact me. So now without further ado let’s get started with the lesson!
Amharic is a language that is gender based. Verbs will change their endings based on the gender of the person receiving the action. This is completely different from English as the verb stays the same for both genders. Amharic also has a formal and informal ending of a verb. The formal ending will be used when talking to older people. When I say, older I am referring to people 60 or above. It is considered disrespectful if you use the formal version when talking to someone young. This rule is just something you need to put in your brain as this is really crucial. Today I will not focus on the formal version of a verb. I will leave that off for now until we master the female and male version of the verb.
* Purple will be for the female version and blue will be for the male version*
Welcome: እንኳን ደህና መጣህ ( enkwan dena meteh) Male
እንኳን ደህና መጣሽ ( enkwan dena metash) Female
Hello:ሰላም ( selam)
How are you? እንደምን አለህ ( endemin aleh) Male
እንደምን አለሽ ( endemin alesh) Female
I’m fine: ደህና ነኝ (dena negne)
What’s your name? ስምህ ማን ነው (smehe man new) Male
ስምሽ ማን ነው (smehesh man new) Female
My name is: የኔ ስም… ነው (yene sem … new)
When you see the ellipsis, you would add a word in. For example my name is Madeline, so I would say yene sem Madeline new.
Where are you from? ከየት ነህ (kyet neh) Male
ከየት ነሽ (kyet nesh) Female
I’m from…: እኔ ከ … ነኝ (ene k … nenge)
Please: እባክህ (ebakhe) Male
Thank you: አመሰግናለሁ (ameseginalehu) Both genders
I would use this verb for thank you, because it works for both genders. There is a female and male version. The male version would be (ameseginhalehu) and female version would be (ameseginishalehu).
Bye: ባይ (bye)
This would be a simple version on how you would greet someone in Amharic. Next week I will talk about the days of the week as well as the numbers. If you have any questions be sure to let me know in the comments below.
Be sure to take notes on my pronunciation, and remember to say the words after me several times.
The quiz shouldn’t scare you at all. If you took good notes and watched the video, the quiz should be pretty easy. You can retake the quiz several times until you can get 80% or higher. You should try to aim for 100%! Since this is the first quiz i made it super short! After you submit the quiz click on view my score to see your result