Amharic is one of Ethiopia's Semitic languages. The language serves as the working language of Ethiopia, and is also the working language of several of the states within the Ethiopian federal system. With 21,811,600 total speakers as of 2007, including around 4,000,000 L2 speakers, Amharic is the second-most common language of Ethiopia (after Oromo) and second-most commonly spoken Semitic language in the world (after Arabic).
About the Speaker
Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Nani Detti left home at 16 to complete her high school education at the Bishop Strachan School in Toronto, Canada. Having always been passionate about human rights, Nani continued her advocacy work by creating awareness about issues such as FGM, early child marriage, honor-based violence and other women’s rights issues. Nani is a recent graduate of St. John’s College where she has immersed herself in the Great Books Program. She also ran the Amnesty International chapter at the school and served as the Amnesty International Student Activist Coordinator for New Mexico. Nani has worked with the Santa Fe Council on International Relations as a College Fellow and intern, where she developed a passion for International Affairs. During her spare time, Nani enjoys road trips, watching documentaries and reading.
There are around 6500 languages spoken throughout the world today, but how many can we name, much less speak? The International Relations Council is proud to present Lexicon, a weekly digital interactive program that will introduce you to a language you may not know much about. Each week, IRC members and friends will offer some history and context on a different language, let you sample the look and sounds of the language, and give you some hints on where you can experience more of the language and the cultures it represents – and you just might walk away with a new word or two. Linguists of all levels welcome!