Amharic (/æmˈhærɪk/[4][5][6] or /ɑːmˈhɑːrɪk/;[7] Amharic: አማርኛ Amarəñña, IPA: [amarɨɲːa] ( listen)) is a Semitic leid spoken in Ethiopie.

አማርኛ Amarɨñña
Native taeEthiopie
Native speakers
22 million (2007 census)[1]
Ge'ez (Amharic syllabary)
Amharic Braille
Signed Amharic[2]
Offeecial status
Offeecial leid in
Federal Democratic Republic o Ethiopie.
It is an aa recognised as the offeecial wirking leid in sax o the eleiven admeenistrative regions o Ethiopie:
Addis Ababa Ceety Cooncil
Amhara Regional State
Benishangul-Gumuz Regional State
Dire Dawa Admeenistrative cooncil
Gambela Fowk's Regional State
Soothren Naitions, Naitionalities, an Fowks' Regional State
Regulatit bino offeecial regulation
Leid codes
ISO 639-1am
ISO 639-2amh
ISO 639-3amh
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  1. Amharic at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Mike Morgan, 2010, Complexities of Ethiopian Sign Language Contact Phenomena & Implications for AAU
  3. Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Amharic". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
  4. Laurie Bauer, 2007, The Linguistics Student's Handbook, Edinburgh; Collins English Dictionary (2003), Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary (2010)
  5. "Amharic". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005. (Subscription or UK public leebrar membership required.)
  6. Merriam-Webster Dictionary Amharic
  7. "". Retrieved 2013-08-10.