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Amharic

Amharic is the official language of Ethiopia, spoken by fourteen million native Amharas and by approximately eighteen million of the other ethnic groups in Ethiopia. Besides its national importance, it has also gained recognition in the US since 1985.

Amharic belongs to the southern branch of Hemeto-Semitic languages which is also referred to as Afrasian. From the five branches of the Afrasian group, Amharic belongs to the southern peripheral Semitic family of languages. It originated from Geez (or Ethiopic), which was extensively used in north Ethiopia since the first millennium A.D. Among the languages related to Geez that are spoken in the central and northern highlands of Ethiopia include: North Ethiopic (Tigre, Tigrinya); Central Ethiopic (Amharic, Gurage, Argoba, Gafat Harari...etc.). The other branch of Afrasian spoken in Ethiopia is the Cushitic, which includes, among others: Oromo, Somali, Agew, Sidama, Afar, and Kafa. Modern Amharic has a Cushitic substratum.

 

Source: African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania

Faculty:
Current Course Offerings:

Term A = Spring

Term B = Summer

Term C = Fall


Course Title Term Time
AFRC 241-680 AFRC241 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2012A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 243-680 AFRC243 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2012A TR 0600PM-0800PM
AFRC 541-680 AFRC541 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2012A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 544-680 AFRC544 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2012A TR 0600PM-0800PM
AFST 241-680 AFST241 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2012A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 243-680 AFST243 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2012A TR 0600PM-0800PM
AFST 247-680 AFST247 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART II 2012A W 0800PM-1000PM
F 0300PM-0500PM
AFST 249-680 AFST249 - AMHARIC LANG & CULT II 2012A MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFST 541-680 AFST541 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2012A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 544-680 AFST544 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2012A TR 0600PM-0800PM
AFST 547-680 AFST547 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART II 2012A W 0800PM-1000PM
F 0300PM-0500PM
NELC 482-680 NELC482 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2012A MW 0530PM-0730PM
NELC 484-680 NELC484 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2012A TR 0600PM-0800PM
AFRC 240-680 AFRC240 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2012C MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 242-680 AFRC242 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2012C TR 0730PM-0930PM
AFRC 247-680 AFRC247 - ADVANCED AMHARIC 2012C TR 0800PM-1000PM
AFRC 540-680 AFRC540 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2012C MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 543-680 AFRC543 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2012C TR 0730PM-0930PM
AFRC 548-680 AFRC548 - ADVANCED AMHARIC 2012C TR 0800PM-1000PM
AFST 240-680 AFST240 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2012C MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 242-680 AFST242 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2012C TR 0730PM-0930PM
AFST 247-680 AFST247 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART I 2012C TR 0800PM-1000PM
AFST 249-680 AFST249 - AMHARIC LANG & CULTURE I 2012C MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFST 540-680 AFST540 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2012C MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 543-680 AFST543 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2012C TR 0730PM-0930PM
AFST 547-680 AFST547 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART I 2012C TR 0800PM-1000PM
NELC 481-680 NELC481 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2012C MW 0530PM-0730PM
NELC 483-680 NELC483 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2012C TR 0730PM-0930PM
AFRC 241-680 AFRC241 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2013A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 243-680 AFRC243 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2013A TR 0600PM-0800PM
AFRC 541-680 AFRC541 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2013A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 544-680 AFRC544 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2013A TR 0600PM-0800PM
AFST 241-680 AFST241 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2013A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 243-680 AFST243 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2013A TR 0600PM-0800PM
AFST 247-680 AFST247 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART II 2013A CANCELED
AFST 249-680 AFST249 - AMHARIC LANG & CULT II 2013A CANCELED
AFST 541-680 AFST541 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2013A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 544-680 AFST544 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2013A TR 0600PM-0800PM
AFST 547-680 AFST547 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART II 2013A CANCELED
NELC 482-680 NELC482 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2013A MW 0530PM-0730PM
NELC 484-680 NELC484 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2013A TR 0600PM-0800PM
AFRC 240-680 AFRC240 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2013C MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 242-680 AFRC242 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2013C MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFRC 247-680 AFRC247 - ADVANCED AMHARIC 2013C CANCELED
AFRC 540-680 AFRC540 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2013C MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 543-680 AFRC543 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2013C MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFRC 548-680 AFRC548 - ADVANCED AMHARIC 2013C CANCELED
AFST 240-680 AFST240 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2013C MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 242-680 AFST242 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2013C MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFST 247-680 AFST247 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART I 2013C CANCELED
AFST 249-680 AFST249 - AMHARIC LANG & CULTURE I 2013C CANCELED
AFST 540-680 AFST540 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2013C MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 543-680 AFST543 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2013C MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFST 547-680 AFST547 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART I 2013C CANCELED
NELC 481-680 NELC481 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2013C MW 0530PM-0730PM
NELC 483-680 NELC483 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2013C MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFRC 241-680 AFRC241 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2014A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 243-680 AFRC243 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2014A W 0730PM-0930PM
S 1000AM-1200PM
AFRC 541-680 AFRC541 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2014A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 544-680 AFRC544 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2014A W 0730PM-0930PM
S 1000AM-1200PM
AFST 241-680 AFST241 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2014A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 243-680 AFST243 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2014A W 0730PM-0930PM
S 1000AM-1200PM
AFST 247-680 AFST247 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART II 2014A CANCELED
AFST 541-680 AFST541 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2014A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 544-680 AFST544 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2014A W 0730PM-0930PM
S 1000AM-1200PM
AFST 547-680 AFST547 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART II 2014A CANCELED
NELC 482-680 NELC482 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2014A MW 0530PM-0730PM
NELC 484-680 NELC484 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2014A W 0730PM-0930PM
S 1000AM-1200PM
AFRC 240-680 AFRC240 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2014C MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 242-680 AFRC242 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2014C MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFRC 247-680 AFRC247 - ADVANCED AMHARIC 2014C T 0500PM-0700PM
R 0500PM-0700PM
AFRC 540-680 AFRC540 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2014C MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 543-680 AFRC543 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2014C MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFRC 548-680 AFRC548 - ADVANCED AMHARIC 2014C T 0500PM-0700PM
R 0500PM-0700PM
AFST 240-680 AFST240 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2014C MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 242-680 AFST242 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2014C MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFST 247-680 AFST247 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART I 2014C T 0500PM-0700PM
R 0500PM-0700PM
AFST 249-680 AFST249 - AMHARIC LANG & CULTURE I 2014C CANCELED
AFST 540-680 AFST540 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2014C MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 543-680 AFST543 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2014C MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFST 547-680 AFST547 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART I 2014C T 0500PM-0700PM
R 0500PM-0700PM
NELC 481-680 NELC481 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2014C MW 0530PM-0730PM
NELC 483-680 NELC483 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2014C MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFRC 241-680 AFRC241 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2015A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 243-680 AFRC243 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2015A MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFRC 541-680 AFRC541 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2015A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 544-680 AFRC544 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2015A MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFST 241-680 AFST241 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2015A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 243-680 AFST243 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2015A MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFST 247-680 AFST247 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART II 2015A MW 0300PM-0500PM
AFST 541-680 AFST541 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2015A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 544-680 AFST544 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2015A MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFST 547-680 AFST547 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART II 2015A MW 0300PM-0500PM
NELC 482-680 NELC482 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2015A MW 0530PM-0730PM
NELC 484-680 NELC484 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2015A MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFRC 240-680 AFRC240 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2015C MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 242-680 AFRC242 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2015C MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFRC 247-680 AFRC247 - ADVANCED AMHARIC 2015C CANCELED
AFRC 540-680 AFRC540 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2015C MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 543-680 AFRC543 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2015C MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFRC 548-680 AFRC548 - ADVANCED AMHARIC 2015C CANCELED
AFST 240-680 AFST240 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2015C MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 242-680 AFST242 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2015C MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFST 247-680 AFST247 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART I 2015C CANCELED
AFST 249-680 AFST249 - AMHARIC LANG & CULTURE I 2015C CANCELED
AFST 540-680 AFST540 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2015C MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 543-680 AFST543 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2015C MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFST 547-680 AFST547 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART I 2015C CANCELED
NELC 481-680 NELC481 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2015C MW 0530PM-0730PM
NELC 483-680 NELC483 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2015C MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFRC 241-680 AFRC241 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2016A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 243-680 AFRC243 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2016A MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFRC 541-680 AFRC541 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2016A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 544-680 AFRC544 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2016A MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFST 241-680 AFST241 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2016A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 243-680 AFST243 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2016A MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFST 247-680 AFST247 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART II 2016A M 0130PM-0330PM
W 0130PM-0330PM
AFST 541-680 AFST541 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2016A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 544-680 AFST544 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2016A MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFST 547-680 AFST547 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART II 2016A M 0130PM-0330PM
W 0130PM-0330PM
NELC 482-680 NELC482 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2016A MW 0530PM-0730PM
NELC 484-680 NELC484 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2016A MW 0730PM-0930PM
AFRC 240-680 AFRC240 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2016C MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 242-680 AFRC242 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2016C MW 0730PM-0900PM
AFRC 247-680 AFRC247 - ADVANCED AMHARIC 2016C CANCELED
AFRC 540-680 AFRC540 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2016C MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 543-680 AFRC543 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2016C MW 0730PM-0900PM
AFRC 548-680 AFRC548 - ADVANCED AMHARIC 2016C CANCELED
AFST 240-680 AFST240 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2016C MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 242-680 AFST242 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2016C MW 0730PM-0900PM
AFST 247-680 AFST247 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART I 2016C CANCELED
AFST 249-680 AFST249 - AMHARIC LANG & CULTURE I 2016C TBA TBA-
AFST 540-680 AFST540 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2016C MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 543-680 AFST543 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2016C MW 0730PM-0900PM
AFST 547-680 AFST547 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART I 2016C CANCELED
NELC 481-680 NELC481 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2016C MW 0530PM-0730PM
NELC 483-680 NELC483 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2016C MW 0730PM-0900PM
AFRC 241-680 AFRC241 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2017A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 243-680 AFRC243 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2017A MW 0730PM-0900PM
AFRC 541-680 AFRC541 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2017A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 544-680 AFRC544 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2017A MW 0730PM-0900PM
AFST 241-680 AFST241 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2017A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 243-680 AFST243 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2017A MW 0730PM-0900PM
AFST 247-680 AFST247 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART II 2017A CANCELED
AFST 541-680 AFST541 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2017A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 544-680 AFST544 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2017A MW 0730PM-0900PM
AFST 547-680 AFST547 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART II 2017A CANCELED
NELC 482-680 NELC482 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2017A MW 0530PM-0730PM
NELC 484-680 NELC484 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2017A MW 0730PM-0900PM
AFRC 240-680 AFRC240 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2017C MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 242-680 AFRC242 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2017C MW 0730PM-0900PM
AFRC 247-680 AFRC247 - ADVANCED AMHARIC 2017C R 0300PM-0500PM
T 0300PM-0500PM
AFRC 540-680 AFRC540 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2017C MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 543-680 AFRC543 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2017C MW 0730PM-0900PM
AFRC 548-680 AFRC548 - ADVANCED AMHARIC 2017C R 0300PM-0500PM
T 0300PM-0500PM
AFST 240-680 AFST240 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2017C MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 242-680 AFST242 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2017C MW 0730PM-0900PM
AFST 247-680 AFST247 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART I 2017C R 0300PM-0500PM
T 0300PM-0500PM
AFST 249-680 AFST249 - AMHARIC LANG & CULTURE I 2017C TBA TBA-
AFST 540-680 AFST540 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2017C MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 543-680 AFST543 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2017C MW 0730PM-0900PM
AFST 547-680 AFST547 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART I 2017C R 0300PM-0500PM
T 0300PM-0500PM
AFST 649-680 AFST649 - AMHARIC LANG & CULTURE 2017C R 0100PM-0230PM
M 1030AM-1200PM
NELC 481-680 NELC481 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC I 2017C MW 0530PM-0730PM
NELC 483-680 NELC483 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC I 2017C MW 0730PM-0900PM
AFRC 241-680 AFRC241 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2018A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 243-680 AFRC243 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2018A MW 0730PM-0900PM
AFRC 541-680 AFRC541 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2018A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFRC 544-680 AFRC544 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2018A MW 0730PM-0900PM
AFST 241-680 AFST241 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2018A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 243-680 AFST243 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2018A MW 0730PM-0900PM
AFST 247-680 AFST247 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART II 2018A TR 0700PM-0830PM
AFST 541-680 AFST541 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2018A MW 0530PM-0730PM
AFST 544-680 AFST544 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2018A MW 0730PM-0900PM
AFST 547-680 AFST547 - ADVANCED AMHARIC: ADVANCED AMHARIC PART II 2018A TR 0700PM-0830PM
NELC 482-680 NELC482 - ELEMENTARY AMHARIC II 2018A MW 0530PM-0730PM
NELC 484-680 NELC484 - INTERMEDIATE AMHARIC II 2018A MW 0730PM-0900PM