There are between 45 and 86 languages spoken in Ethiopia. Amharic is the governments official language and a widely used lingua franca, but as of 2007, only 29% of the population reported speaking Amharic as their main language.
What kind of language is Ethiopian?
Languages of EthiopiaOfficialAfar, Amharic, Oromo, Somali, TigrinyaSignedseveral local sign languages
How many languages are in Ethiopia?
Ethiopians are ethnically diverse, with the most important differences on the basis of linguistic categorization. Ethiopia is a mosaic of about 100 languages that can be classified into four groups.
Does Ethiopia speak French?
The two most widely spoken languages in Ethiopia are Oromo and Amharic. As a result, it has retained its own indigenous languages rather than importing a European language, like Portuguese or French, as the official language. Today, about 88 languages are spoken in Ethiopia, with about 77 being local languages.
Is Amharic similar to Arabic?
Arabic is in the Afroasiatic language family, specifically the Semitic branch. This is the very same branch that Hebrew, Amharic, Aramaic, Maltese, and many other languages with historic and literary weight are part of.
Is Amharic older than Arabic?
It is the official and working language of Ethiopia. Amharic is one of the Southern Semitic languages spoken in Ethiopia alongside Argoba, Tigrinya, Tigre, Geez, Guragenya, Siltee etc.. which are considered much older than the Northern Semitic languages such as Hebrew & Arabic, according to recent research findings.
What is the religion in Ethiopia?
More than two-fifths of Ethiopians follow the teachings of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. An additional one-fifth adhere to other Christian faiths, the vast majority of which are Protestant.
How did Christianity start in Ethiopia?
“According to Ethiopian tradition, Christianity first came to the Aksum Empire in the fourth century A.D. when a Greek-speaking missionary named Frumentius converted King Ezana.