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አማርኛ (Amarəñña)
Native toEthiopia
Native speakers22,000,000[1][2]  (2007 Population and Housing Census)
Language family
Writing systemGe'ez script (Amharic syllabary)
Amharic Braille
Official status
Official language in Ethiopia
Regulated byImperial Academy (former)
Language codes
ISO 639-1am
ISO 639-2amh
ISO 639-3amh

Amharic (አማርኛ āmariññā) is a Semitic language spoken in North Central Ethiopia by the Amhara. It is the second most spoken Semitic language after Arabic, and the official language of Ethiopia. Amharic is also the official or working language of several of the states, including Amhara Region and the multi-ethnic Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region.


  1. Central Statistical Agency. 2010. "Population and Housing Census 2007 Report, National". Accessed 13 December 2016].
  2. Lewis, Lewis M.; Simons, Gary F.; Fennig, Charles D. (2015). Amharic Ethnologue: Languages of the World. SIL International. Retrieved 3 June 2017.