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According to Ethnologue, there are 90 individual languages spoken in Ethiopia.Most people in the country speak Afroasiatic languages of the Cushitic or Semitic branches. The former includes Oromiffa, spoken by the Oromo, and Somali, spoken by the Somalis; the latter includes Amharic, spoken by the Amhara, and Tigrinya, spoken by the Tigrayans. Together, these four groups make up about three-quarters of Ethiopia’s population. Other Afroasiatic languages with a significant number of speakers include the Cushitic Sidamo, Afar, Hadiyya and Agaw languages, as well as the Semitic Gurage languages, Harari, Silt’e, and Argobba languages.Arabic, which also belongs to the Afroasiatic family, is likewise spoken in some areas.

Ethiopian culture is multi ethnic, multilingual and multifaceted, and it reflects diversity in culture and respect for traditional customs. In Ethiopian culture, people have great respect for elders and they will leave their seat or bed for any standing elders even if it is one year old family member.

 

 

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