Amharic is a Semitic language spoken in Ethiopia. It is the second-most widely spoken Semitic language after Arabic, and the official working language of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Amharic is also the official or working language of several of the states within the federal system. The 2007 census reported 84% of the population of Ethiopia as Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church members, and the majority of those are Amharic speakers. Amharic is written using Amharic script, which is a Ge'ez abugida. Ge'ez is the ancient script of the Ethiopian writing system, which is one of the oldest alphabets still in use in the world. The Amharic script is believed to have derived from the ancient South Arabian script, which was used to write the Ge'ez language. The Amharic language is believed to have originated in the highlands of Ethiopia, specifically in the area known as the Ethiopian Highlands. The Amharic people are thought to be the descendants of the ancient Semitic-speaking people who settled in the highlands of Ethiopia. The Amharic language is a member of the Semitic branch of the Afroasiatic family of languages. Amharic is closely related to Tigrinya, another Ethiopian Semitic language. Amharic is also related to other Semitic languages such as Hebrew and Arabic. The Amharic language is written using a script known as the Amharic alphabet. The Amharic alphabet is derived from the ancient Ge'ez script, which is one of the oldest alphabets still in use in the world. The Amharic language is spoken by an estimated 20 million people in Ethiopia. Amharic is also spoken by Ethiopian immigrants and their descendants in other parts of the world, including the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe.

Language group

Semitic languages

Language locales, regions and scripts

Amharic, Ethiopia, Ethiopic (Geʻez)
Amharic, Ethiopia
Amharic, Ethiopic (Geʻez)