About the Amharic Language
Amharic is a Semitic language of Ethiopia and the second-most widely spoken Semitic language on the planet. Only Arabic has more Semitic speakers than Amharic. It has been the language of Ethiopia’s government and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church since Medieval times. There is a growing body of literary works in the language, including government records, educational texts, religious writings, poetry and proverbs, dictionaries, novels and medical manuals. The unique writing system used for this language, essentially a syllabary, is very difficult to learn and does not as yet have a universally agreed upon transliteration method.
Dialects of Amharic vary only slightly making it easy for Amharic speakers of different dialects to understand one another. The small differences are enough to trip up many non-native speakers, but Multilingual Connections has translators, transcribers and interpreters fully capable of detecting the dialectic differences.