Useful phrases in Amharic

A collection of useful phrases in Amharic. Click on the English phrases to see them in many other languages.

Key to abbreviations: inf = informal, frm = formal, m = said to men, f = said to women, pl = said to more than one person.

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English ኣማርኛ (Amharic)
Welcome in kwahn deh-na meh tah (m)
in kwahn deh-na meh tash (f)
Hello ሰላም (sälam) / tadiyass - inf
teanaste'lle'n (frm)
How are you?


I'm fine
እንደምን አለህ፧ (indemin alleh?) - m
እንደምን አለሸ፧ (indemin allesh?) - f
እንደምን አላችሁ፧ (indemin allachihu?) - pl
ደህና ነኝ (dehna negn)
Long time no see ረጂም ጊዜ ከተያየን
What's your name?


My name is ...
ስምህ ማን ነው፧ (simi man new?) - m
ስምሸ ማን ነው፧ (simish man new?) - f
የአርሰዎ ስም ማን ነው፧ (yärswo sim man new?) - frm
የኔ ስም ... ነጡ (yenae sim ... new)
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
እርስዎ ከየት ኖት፧ (irswo keyet not?) - frm
እኔ ከአ ነኝ፧ (inae ke ... negn) - frm
Pleased to meet you ስለተዋወቅን ደስ ብሎኛል (siletewaweqin dess bilognal)
Good morning አንደምን አደሩ (əndämn adäru)
[how was your night?]
Good afternoon አንደምን ዋሉ (əndämn walu)
[how did you spend the day?]
Good evening አንደምን አመሹ (əndämn amäshu)
[how did you spend the evening?]
Good night mata mata
Goodbye chow (inf) dähna hun (m)
dähna hungi (f)
dähna hunu (pl)
Good luck መልካም እድል (me’elkam edil)
Cheers/Good health!
Have a nice day መልካም ቀን ይሁንልህ። (me’elkam ken yihunilih) (m)
መልካም ቀን ይሁንልሽ። (me’elkam ken yihunilish) (f)
መልካም ቀን ይሁንላችሁ። (me’elkam ken yihunilachu) (pl)
Bon appetit melkam megeb
Bon voyage mehlkahm goozoh yehhoonehlih (m)
mehlkahm goozoh yehhoonehlesh (f)
I don't understand ገባኝ (gebany)
I don't understand አልገባኝም (algebanymi)
Please speak more slowly እባክህ ቀስ ብለህ ተናገር። (i’bakih kes bileh tenagger) - m
እባክሽ ቀስ ብለሽ ተናገሪ። (i’bakish kes bilesh tenaggeri) - f
Please say that again እባክህ ያልከዉን ድገምልኝ። (i’bakih yalekewin degemelegn!)
እባክሽ ያልሽዉን ድገሚልኝ። (i’bakish yaleshiwn degemilign)
Please write it down
Do you speak Amharic?

Yes, a little
አማርኛ ትችላለህ? (amarenya techelallueh?) m
አማርኛ ትችያለሽ? (amarenya techiyalleush?) f
አዎ፣ ትንሽ ትንሽ (ow, tennish tennish)
How do you say ...
in Amharic?
Excuse me ይቅርታ (yiqirta)
How much is the price? ሰንት ንው ዋጋው፧ (sent new wagaw?)
Sorry አዝናለሁ። (aznallehu)
Please እባክህ (i'bakih) - m
እባክሸ (i'bakish) - f
እባክዎን (i'bakwon) - frm
Thank you

Response (All right / OK)
አመሰግናለሁ (ameseginalehugn)
በጣም አመሰግናለሁኝ (betam ameseginalehugn)
ተቀብያለሁ። (te’kebeyalehu)
Where's the toilet? መጸዳጃ ክፍል የት ነዉ? *metsedaja kifil yet new?)
This gentleman/lady
will pay for everything
ለ ሁሉም ነገር ሰዉየዉ/ሴትዮዋ/ ይከፍላል/ትከፍላለት።
(le hulum neger sewuyew/seteyowa tikefilalech)
Would you like to
dance with me?
ከኔ ጋር መደነስ ትፈልጋለህ።
(kene gar medenes tefelegaleh?) - m
ከኔ ጋር መደነስ ትፈልጊያለሽ።
(kene gar medenes tefelegiyalesh?) - f
I like you እወድሀለሁ። (iwedihalehu) - m
እወድሻለሁ። (iwedishalehu) - f
I love you አፈቅርሻለሁ። (afekirishalehu) - f
አፈቅርሀለሁ። (afekirhalehu) - m
Get well soon ምህረቱን ያምጣልህ (mihretun yamitalih) - m
ያምጣልሽ። (yamitalish) f
"may god give you a speedy recover"
Go away!
Leave me alone! ለቀቅ አርገኝ። (lekek argeng) - m
ለቀቅ አርጊኝ። (lekek argign) - f
Help!
Fire!
Stop!


koom! (m) koomee! (f)
Call the police! ፖሊስጥራ ጥሪ። (policetira tiri!) - m
ፖሊስጥራ ጥሩ። (policetira tiru!) - f
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
መልካም ገና (Melkam Gena) - Merry Christmas
- celebrated on 7th January

መልካም አዲስ አመት (Melkam Addis Amet) - Happy New Year
- celebrated on 11th September
Happy Easter መልካም ፋሲካ (me’elkam fasika)
Happy Birthday መልከም ልደት (melkam ledet)
One language
is never enough
My hovercraft
is full of eels

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