The Bench language, which is also known as Gimira, is a member of the
Northern Omotic branch of Afro-Asiatic language family. It is spoken
by about 356,000 people in southern Ethiopia. There are three main
dialects: the Bench dialect, which has about 347,636 speakers; the
Mer dialect with about 8,159 speakers; and the She dialect with about
Bench is rarely written, but when it is a version of the Ethiopic
script is used. Latin-based transcription systems, like the one
below are also used.