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Bench (bèntʂ nòn)

The Bench language, which is also known as Gimira, is a member of the Northern Omotic branch of Afro-Asiatic language family. It is spoken by about 356,000 people in southern Ethiopia. There are three main dialects: the Bench dialect, which has about 347,636 speakers; the Mer dialect with about 8,159 speakers; and the She dialect with about 492 speakers.

Bench is rarely written, but when it is a version of the Ethiopic script is used. Latin-based transcription systems, like the one below are also used.

Latin alphabet for Bench

Latin alphabet for Bench

Ethiopic script for Bench

Ethiopic script for Bench

Download an alphabet chart for Bench (Excel)

Sample video in Bench

Links

Information about Bench
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bench_language
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gimira
https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Бенч
http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=bcq

Bench audio New Testament
http://www.ethnicharvest.org/bibles/bench.htm

Recording of Bible passages in Bench
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hWjspUE93Q

Omotic languages

Bench, Dizin, Hamer(-Banna), Sheko, Wolaytta

Languages written with the Ethiopic (Ge'ez) script

Amharic, Argobba, Awngi, Bench, Blin, Chaha, Dizin, Ge'ez, Hamer(-Banna), Harari, Inor, Silt'e, Tigre, Tigrinya, Xamtanga

Languages written with the Latin alphabet


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