ያ መስታወት

በመስታወቱ ውስጥ ገፅታሽን

ለኔ ምርጥ ግጥሜ ነው

ግን ለመጥፋት ፈጠነ

በመጨረሻም አፈቅርሻለሁ

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Translated into Ethiopian by Bersi, Dawit Lambebo, Kidist

Audio Kidist

A transliteration

Bämäsətawätu wəsət'ə gäs'ətašənə

Läne mərət'ə gət'əme näwə

Gənə lämät'əfatə fät'änä

Bämäč'äräšamə ʾäfäqərəšalähu

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በመስታወቱ ውስጥ ገፅታሽን  ለኔ ምርጥ ግጥሜ ነው  ግን ለመጥፋት ፈጠነ  በመጨረሻም አፈቅርሻለሁTurn
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The mirror

Ethiopian woman's eyes

Amharic (Ethiopian)! A poem in Semitic language with the perfume of Ethiopia. If the love poem of this mirror returns you her image, you will see all the love that reads in her eyes.

Amharic language

The Amharic, official language in Ethiopia is since 1270 the language of the administration and the state. Nowadays, a quarter of the population speaks it, especially in the provinces of Begamedern Choa and Godjam. It is the mother tong of about 20 million people, living mostly in the vicinity of Adis Ababa and in the north. About 30 million others speak it as a second language. Amharic is one of the semitic languages, which form a branch of the Afro-Asiatic family. The semitic languages were brought to Ethiopia perhaps as early as 1000 BC. Speakers of a south Arabian dialect from the kingdom of Saba in southwest Arabia crossed the Red Sea and settled in the highlands of Ethiopia. From the 4th century AD onward the principal language of the country was Ge'ez, the forerunner of all Ethiopic languages. The ahmaric developed from a speech close to the Gueze, but underwent strong influences of the Cushitic languages, especially the galla. It thus presents significant divergences compared to the Gueze, and the Semitic substratum. These divergences affected the phonetics (disappearance of the laryngales, and appearance of many prepalatales). Its written tradition is relatively recent: if it possesses a few poetic songs of the 14th century, it is only from the 19th century, that develops a literature, especially didactic. This language, is also spoken in other countries, Egypt, Israel etc.
Ethiopian Semitic
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