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Afar (Qafaraf)

Afar is a Lowland East Cushitic language spoken by a about 1.4 million people mainly in the Afar Region of Ethiopia, and also in Djibouti and Eritrea. It is closely related to the Saho language, and is also related to Somali.

Afar is also known as 'Afar Af, Afaraf or Qafar af.

Afar is recognised as a national language in Djibouti and in Eritrea. There are radio broadcasts in Afar in both countries. Afar is recognized as an official working language in the Afar Region of Ethiopia.

The Afar alphabet or Qafar Feera was created by Dimis and Redo, two Afar intellectual nationalists who published their work in the early 1970s.

Afar alphabet

A a B b T t S s E e C c K k X x
a ba ta sa e ca ka xa
I i D d Q q R r F f G g O o L l
i da qa ra fa ga o la
M m N n U u W w H h Y y      
ma na u wa ha ya      

Afar pronunciation

Afar alphabet

Download an Afar alphabet chart (Excel)

Sample text in Afar

Addunya takkeemik dumal elle, Qangara deqsittam ten. A Qangara Yalla lih ten, a Qangara kee Yalla inkiimiiy inki Yalla. Ta Qangara dumal elle akah sugte'nnah Yalla lih tan. Yalli ta Qangarat kullim gineeh, ginnimteemik a Qangara maleh ginnimtem matan.


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.



Information about the Afar language

AFARAF - Manuel de langue afare (online Afar lessons, in French)

Language courses for Afar (en français)

Afar history

Cushitic languages

Afaan-Oromo, Afar, Awngi, Beja, Blin, Somali, Xamtanga

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet

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