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This volume is the first of a two-volume US Foreign Service Institut Basic Course in Amharic, and contains Units 1-50 of the course.
Amharic, the official language of the Ethiopian Empire, is spoken natively by perhaps six million people in a small but populous area of the country which includes the capital, Addis Ababa. A member of the Southem Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages, Amharic is steadily gaining importance as it picks up additional speakers through the spread of communications and education within Ethiopia.
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The second volume (of two) of the US Foreign Service Institute Amharic Basic Course includes Units 51-60, an introduction to the writing system, a Reader, and a Glossary.
The linguist in charge of the entire project has been Serge Obolensky, with the assistance of Mr. Debebow Selelie and Mr. Mulugeta Andualem. The Amharic script in the second volume is the work of Mr. Zelelie. Valuable suggestions received from Professor Wolf Leslau during the beginning stages of the work are gratefully acknowledged.
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