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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.

Latin alphabet for Bench

Bench pronunciation

Ethiopic script for Bench

Bench pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Bench (Excel)

Sample video in Bench


Information about Bench

Bench audio New Testament

Recording of Bible passages in Bench

Omotic languages

Bench, Dizin, Wolaytta

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