Harari (ሃራሪ / Gey sinan)
Harari is a South Semitic language spoken by about 25,000
people in the Harari region in south eastern Ethiopia, particularly
in the city of Harari. The language is also known as Adare,
Adarinnya, Adere, Aderinya, Gey Sinan or Hararri.
Harari was originally written with a version of the Arabic script,
then the Ethopic script was adopted to write the language. Harari
speakers in Australia write their language with the Latin alphabet.
Ethiopic script for Harari
Information about the Ethiopic script for Harari and pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel
Latin alphabet for Harari
Sample text in Harari (Latin alphabet)
Waldâchzinâw dînziyu wâ sinânziyûw
matlêmadle 1992be qurân gêy kafatnama Gêy
sinânuw amânbe matlêmad nifarkikut lâtîn
harfîbe matlêmad êgalna.
Yîbe amânbe waldâchzina ûga zilahadube, 1999be
bâdbe (Hararbe) hukûmazina sabai harfibe sinânzinâw
maktable murti huluf zâshasa iggnâchum fîtzinâw azzo
garab gargab âshna. Yakhnimâm qâcibe zilêqu
waldâchuw sabai harfîw matlêmad ôrkut tâb
Back in 1992 Harari Language School was established to teach
our children the Harari language. To simplify the process of teaching
we adopted the Latin script and have successfully developed it for
the need of the Harari language.
In 1999, when the Harari Regional Government adopted the Sabean
(Ethiopic) script, we tried to use it here for our students. However
our students found Sabean script very hard to learn.
Information about Harari
Arabic (Modern Standard),
Assyrian / Neo-Assyrian,
Languages written with the Ethiopic (Ge'ez) script