Amharic is a Semitic language and the national language of Ethiopia. There are around 25 million speakers in many countries, particularly in Eritrea, Canada, USA and Sweden. In addition, 7-15 million people speak Amharic as a second language. This makes it the second most spoken Semitic language.

Amharic is gendered as are many other languages, but the difference is that male and female nouns and pronouns can also be used to express certain emotions. For example, female pronouns can be used to represent things that are little, cute or delicate or to show sympathy for people.

Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in Africa and one of the oldest in the world.  As a result, the Amharic language has a long and rich history.