Bench (bèntʂ nòn)

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 492 speakers.

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.

Bench pronunciation

Bench pronunciation

Links

Information about Bench
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bench_language
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gimira
http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=bcq

Bench audio New Testament
http://www.ethnicharvest.org/bibles/bench.htm

Recording of Bible passages in Bench
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hWjspUE93Q

Omotic languages

Bench, Dizin, Wolaytta