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Useful phrases in Amharic

A collection of useful phrases in Amharic, a Semitic language spoken in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Key to abbreviations: inf = informal, frm = formal, m = said to men, f = said to women, pl = said to more than one person.

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English ኣማርኛ (Amharic)
Welcome እንኳን ደህና መጣህ (i'nkwuan dehna metah) - m
እንኳን ደህና መጣሽ (i'nkwuan dehna metash) - f
Hello
(General greeting)
ሰላም (sälam)
ታዲያስ (tadiyass) - inf
ጤና ይስጥልኝ (tena yste'lle'gn) - frm
How are you? እንደምን አለህ፧ (i'ndemin alleh?) - m
እንደምን አለሸ፧ (i'ndemin allesh?) - f
እንደምን አላችሁ፧ (i'ndemin allachihu?) - pl
Reply to 'How are you?' ደህና ነኝ (dehna negn)
Long time no see ረጂም ጊዜ ከተለያየን (rejim gize keteleyayen)
What's your name? ስምህ ማን ነው፧ (simih man new?) - m
ስምሸ ማን ነው፧ (simish man new?) - f
የአርሰዎ ስም ማን ነው፧ (yärswo sim man new?) - frm
My name is ... የኔ ስም ... ነው:: (yenae sim ... new)
Where are you from? እርስዎ ከየት ኖት፧ (i'rswo keyet not?) - frm
I'm from ... እኔ ከ ... ነኝ፧ (i'nae ke ... negn) - frm
Pleased to meet you ስለተዋወቅን ደስ ብሎኛል (siletewaweqin dess bilognal)
Morning greeting(s) እንደምን አደርህ? (i'ndemin aderik?) - m
እንደምን አደርሽ? (i'ndemin aderish?) - f
አንደምን አደሩ (i'ndemin adäru) - frm
[how was your night?]
Afternoon greeting(s) እንደምን ዋልክ? (i'ndemin walik?) - m
እንደምን ዋልሽ? (i'ndemin walish?) - f
አንደምን ዋሉ (i'ndemin walu) - frm
[how did you spend the day?]
Evening greeting(s) አሳለፍከው? (mishitun i'ndet asalfekew?) - m
ምሽቱን እንዴት አሳለፍሽው? (ishitun i'ndet asalefeshiw?) - f
አንደምን አመሹ (i'ndemin amäshu) - frm
[how did you spend the evening?]
Nighttime parting phrase(s) ደህና እደር (ähəna 'ədärə) - m
ደህና እደሪ (dähəna 'ədäri) -f
ደህና እደሩ (dähəna 'ədäru) - frm/pl
Parting phrase(s) ቻው (chaw) - inf
ደህና ሁን (dähna hun) - m
ደህና ሁኚ (dähna hungi) - f
ደህና ሁኑ (dähna hunu) - pl
Good luck መልካም እድል (me’elkam edil)
Toasts used when drinking
Have a nice day መልካም ቀን ይሁንልህ። (me’elkam ken yihunilih) - m
መልካም ቀን ይሁንልሽ። (me’elkam ken yihunilish) - f
መልካም ቀን ይሁንላችሁ። (me’elkam ken yihunilachehu) - pl
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
መልካም ምግብ (melkam megeb)
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
መልካም ጉዞ ይሁንልህ:: (melkam guzo yehunelih) - m
መልካም ጉዞ ይሁንልሽ:: (melkam guzo yehunelesh) - f
I understand ገባኝ (gebany)
I don't understand አልገባኝም (algebany'm)
Please speak more slowly እባክህ ቀስ ብለህ ተናገር። (i’bakih kes bileh tenagger) - m
እባክሽ ቀስ ብለሽ ተናገሪ። (i’bakish kes bilesh tenaggeri) - f
Please say that again እባክህ ያልከዉን ድገምልኝ። (i’bakih yalekewin degemelegn!) - m
እባክሽ ያልሽዉን ድገሚልኝ። (i’bakish yaleshiwn degemilign) - f
Please write it down
Do you speak Amharic? አማርኛ ትችላለህ? (amarenya techelalleh?) - m
አማርኛ ትችያለሽ? (amarenya techiyallesh?) - f
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
አዎ፣ ትንሽ (Awe, tennish)
How do you say ... in Amharic?
Excuse me ይቅርታ (yiqirta)
How much is this? ሰንት ነው ዋጋው፧ (sent new wagaw?)
Sorry አዝናለሁ። (aznallehu)
Please እባክህ (i'bakih) - m
እባክሸ (i'bakish) - f
እባክዎን (i'bakwon) - frm
Thank you አመሰግናለሁ (ameseginalehugn)
በጣም አመሰግናለሁኝ (betam ameseginalehugn)
Reply to thank you ምንም አይደለም (mənəmə ʾäyədälämə)
ችግር የለም (čəgərə yälämə)
Where's the toilet? መጸዳጃ ክፍል የት ነዉ? (metsedaja kifil yet new?)
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything ለ ሁሉም ነገር ይህ/ይህች ሰዉየ/ሴትዮ/ ይከፍላል/ትከፍላለች።
(le hulum neger yih/yihech sewuye/seteyo/ yikefilal/tikefilalech)
Would you like to dance with me? ከኔ ጋር መደነስ ትፈልጋለህ። (kene gar medenes tefelegaleh?) - m
ከኔ ጋር መደነስ ትፈልጊያለሽ። (kene gar medenes tefelegiyalesh?) - f
I like you እወድሀለሁ። (iwedihalehu) - m
እወድሻለሁ። (iwedishalehu) - f
I love you አፈቅርሻለሁ። (afekirishalehu) - f
አፈቅርሀለሁ። (afekirhalehu) - m
Get well soon ምህረቱን ያምጣልህ። (mihretun yamitalih) - m
ምህረቱን ያምጣልሽ። (mihretun yamitalish) - f
(may god give you a speedy recovery)
Go away! ሂድ! (hid)- m
ሂጅ! (hij) - f
ሂዱ! (hidu) - pl
Leave me alone! ለቀቅ አርገኝ። (lekek argeng) - m
ለቀቅ አርጊኝ። (lekek argign) - f
Help! እርዳኝ (i'rdagn!) - m
እርጂኝ (i'rejign!) - f
እርዱኝ (i'rdugn!) - pl
Fire! እሳት (i'sat!)
Stop! ቆመ (koom!) - m
ቆም (kumi!) - f
Call the police! ፖሊስ ጥራ። (police tira!) - m
ፖሊስ ጥሪ ። (police tiri!) - f
ፖሊስ ጥሩ :: (poice tiru!) - pl
Christmas and New Year greetings መልካም ገና (melkam gena)- Merry Christmas
- celebrated on 7th January

መልካም አዲስ አመት (melkam addis amet) - Happy New Year
- celebrated on 11th September
Easter greetings መልካም ፋሲካ (me’elkam fasika)
Birthday greetings መልከም ልደት (melkam ledet
One language is never enough አንድ ቋንቋ ብቻ በቂ አይደለም (k'wank'wa bəcha bäk'i aydäläm)
My hovercraft is full of eels
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