Languages of Ethiopia - Translation Services in all African Languages
The languages of Ethiopia refers to the various spoken forms of communication in Ethiopia. It includes the nation's official languages, its national and regional languages, as well as its minority and foreign languages. According to the 2007 Ethiopian census, the largest first languages are: Oromo speakers numbering 33.80% of the population; Amharic speakers numbering 29.30% of the population; Somali speakers numbering 6.25%; Tigrinya 5.86%; Sidamo 4.84%; Wolaytta 2.21%; Gurage speakers numbering 2.01%; and Afar speakers numbering 1.74%.
Arabic, which also belongs to the Afroasiatic family, is likewise spoken in some areas of Ethiopia. Many Muslim Ethiopians are also able to speak Arabic because of their religious back ground. English is the most widely spoken foreign language which is also taught in many schools. Amharic is the official working language in which all federal laws are published, and it is spoken by millions of Ethiopians as a second language. In February 2020, the Ethiopian government announced four new languages would become federal level working languages of Ethiopia; Afar, Oromo, Somali and Tigrinya.