Useful Phrases in the Gurage Language

languages of ethiopia

Gurage Language


Background


Gurages speak a number of different languages, which belong to the Ethiopian Semitic languages which also includes Amharic.

The languages are often referred to as Guraginya or Guragegna.



There are three dialectically varied Gurage subgroups: Northern, Eastern and Western. East Gurage is more closely related to Amharic than to either of the other two groups.

The Gurage languages are written with the Ethiopic or also known as Ge'ez script.

Their languages have been heavily influenced by the Cushitic speakers which surround them.


The Different Gurage People's Language


In the Northern group


Language: Soddo 'Kistane'

Dialect: Soddo, Goggot 'Dobi'



In the Eastern group


Language: Silt'e 'Selti'*

Dialect: Ulbare, Wolane, Inneqor, Zay 'Zway'


In the Western group


Language: Inor

Dialect: Ennemor, Endegegn, Gyeto, Mesmes, Mesqan, Sebat Bet*

Dialects: Chaha, Ezha, Gumer, Gura, Muher


* As of recently no longer a member of the Gurages

* Sebat Bet means seven houses and refers to seven different groups.



Common Phrases and Words Coming Soon