You can now download the released version of Microsoft Office 2010 in Amharic (????) – the national language of Ethiopia.
This “Language Interface Pack” version of Amharic allows you to change the user interface in the following Office 2010 applications: Excel, OneNote, InfoPath, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word. The pack includes a spell checker and is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems.
NUMBER OF SPEAKERS: 17 million native speakers, 4 million second language speakers
Amharic (also known as Abyssinian, Amarinya, Amarigna, Ethiopian, or lesana negus, the language of the king) is (together with Oromo) the national language of Ethiopia where it is spoken by 17 million native speakers. It is also spoken in neighboring Eritrea and by emigrant communities all over the world (e.g. 40,000 speakers in Israel). The language has the status of an "official working" language of the Ethiopian government. It has been the language of the country’s ruling class since the end of the 13th century and has been the administrative language since the 19th century.
- With the Rastafarian movement strongly being connected to Ethiopia it comes as no surprise that reggae musicians like Lincoln Thompson and Misty in Roots have written songs in Amharic. Bob Marley took an Amharic name, Berhane Selassie (the Light of the Holy Trinity) when he was baptized into the Ethiopian Orthodox Church shortly before his death. The "Ras" in Rastafari means ‘duke’ or ‘chief’ in Amharic, and “tafari” comes from Tafari Makonnen, the name of Haile Selassi I before he became emperor.