Top 5 African languages you must learn if you’re thinking of doing business in Africa

Theodora Aidoo Nov 18, 2019 at 12:00pm

November 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Opinions & Features

Theodora Aidoo

Theodora Aidoo | Staff Writer

November 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Opinions & Features


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Africa is expanding with new infrastructure and business opportunities. If you learn Amharic, you can rub elbows in Ethiopia with many business minded persons and government officials.

Amharic is the official language of Ethiopia with an estimated 33.4 million speakers.  It is the second most spoken Semitic language in the world.  According to history, the language dates back to the 1st millennium B.C. i.e the days of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.

The language is written in a slightly modified version of the alphabets with over 30 different characters. Amharic is one of the main languages of Ethiopia with the second being the Oromo.

When you say, “Salam”, it means hello.

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