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Languages and Culture of Ethiopia

Ethiopia with its history stretching three millennia back and with different people speaking over 83 languages and 200 dialects, it is no wonder that the mosaic of cultural diversity of Ethiopia a major attraction and is an enchantment in itself.

Ethiopia is a rich medley of different religions and customs with distinctive life styles that have evolved out of their surrounding. There are many interesting cultures in Ethiopia including the beautiful nomadic culture of the people of the Omo valley which is unique undisturbed, wild and considered to be among the most fascinating on the African continent.

English is the most widely spoken foreign language and is the medium of instruction in secondary schools. Amharic was the language of primary school instruction, but has been replaced in many areas by regional languages such as Oromifa and Tigrinya.

In terms of writing system, Ethiopia's principal orthography is Ge'ez or Ethiopic. Used as an abugida for several of the country's languages, it first came into use in the 5th–6th centuries BC as an abjad to transcribe the Semitic Ge'ez language. Ge'ez now serves as the liturgical language of the Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox Churches. Other writing systems have also been used over the years by different Ethiopian communities. The latter include Sheikh Bakri Sapalo's script for Oromo.

 


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