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Happy Christmas(es) and New Year: 2 sets of Learn Amharic classes starting 18 January

We are delighted to announce we are going ahead with our 2016 Learn Amharic in London classes, starting from 18 January 2016, after Ethiopian Christmas. We offer both beginners’ and intermediate classes – this time we will offer Intermediate Level II classes.

The lessons are held in central London and last for 2 hours each. Both beginners and intermediate Amharic language classes will be ten-lesson courses, held at our venue in central London. They are taught by our experienced tutors. Classes will be from 6:30-8:30pm and will be held every Monday evening, both beginners and intermediate.

The beginners’ classes give students of Amharic basic skills in greeting, asking directions, everyday phrases and other conversation. You will also learn reading and writing and grammar skills such as language structure.

The Intermediate Level II classes give students sufficient Amharic vocabulary and grammar to hold a conversation and to read and write phrases, sentences and paragraphs. By the end of the course you can expect to have conversational exchanges on familiar subjects, order food in a restaurant, buy items in a shop and discuss prices, talk about time and seasons, read signs, menus, posters and leaflets and write emails. You should be able to read and write feedels (Amharic script) before starting this course.

All lessons are tailor-made by our tutors according to progress.

Use the “Contact us” form or email us if you are interested to find out more about the course, or call 07954-403704. We also offer 1-to-1 lessons tailored to the students’ levels and organized at their convenience.

The class size is limited in order to improve the experience for students of Amharic. We look forward to hearing from you!We also offer 1-to-1 classes

Wishing all students of Amharic and all others the best for two sets of Christmas celebrations, Ethiopian Christmas or genna on 7 January as well as farenji New Year 2016.


Beginners and intermediate classes starting in early September

We are starting new Amharic classes this September. We offer friendly and professional classes in Amharic for beginners and for
intermediate students (including those who have done the beginners’ course). Lessons are tailor-made to suit the students in the class and we have had some amazing students and receiving some enthusiastic feedback since first launching the classes in September 2014.

The classes are a series of 10 two-hour evening classes. They start at 6:30pm and finish at 8:30pm at a central London venue about 5 minutes walk from Kings Cross and 7 minutes from Euston. The classes start in the week beginning 7 September and finish in the week beginning 16 November (the venue is unavailable for 1 week in early November).

Beginners’ class
The next beginners’ class for students of Amharic language starts on Thursday 10 September 2015. Beginners’ class will give students basic skills in reading and writing as well as everyday conversation and some grammar skills. Students can expect to learn letters and word structure, with tailor-made lessons.

Intermediate class
The next intermediate-level class for students of Amharic language starts on Monday 7 September 2015. Intermediate class will give students sufficient Amharic vocabulary and grammar to hold a simple conversation and to read and write simple phrases sentences and paragraphs. By the end of the course students can expect to have conversational exchanges on familiar subjects, order food in a restaurant, buy items in a shop and discuss prices, talk about time and seasons, read signs, menus, posters and leaflets and write simple emails and punctuation.

1-to-1 classes are also available.

To find out more, use our contact us page or write an email to The classes are starting to fill up and we allocate places on a first-come basis.

We look forward to meeting you!

New beginners’ lessons from Mon 1 June

The next series of beginners’ classes for people who want to learn Amharic in London will begin on Monday 1 June. It is a series of 10 x two-hour classes, running from 6:30-8:30 every Monday until 3 August.

The beginners class for Amharic students will cover greetings, learning to read and write, everyday conversations and basic language structure. You should be able to handle situations such as explaining what you like and don’t like, ordering food in a restaurant, travel and directions and other subjects.

We still have one or two places for new students, although they are likely to go soon. Please indicate your interest using the contact us form as soon as possible.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Amharic speakers wanted for 6-month paid research

Dr Matti Pohjonen has contacted us to see if we know of any fluent Amharic speakers, also speakers of Oromiffa, Tigrinya and Somali. Here is the advertisement if you know of anyone suitable. Students who want to learn Amharic in London, this is not for you, but we will list other events that may be of interest.


Oxford University Consulting is seeking 4 Researcher Consultants and 2 Senior Researcher Consultants for the Project “Online Hate Speech and Elections in Ethiopia”. The study will develop an empirically grounded understanding of the nature of the online debates before and after elections, with a specific focus on how different actors engage or fail to engage online in a polarized political environment. The researchers will be responsible for supporting the study analyzing media content.

The positions will be on a self-employed basis for approximately 15-20 hours per week and initially for 6 months, which may be renewable for a further 6 months. Additional hours may be available depending on experience and the needs of the project. Junior Researchers will be paid at a rate of £9/hour, Senior Researchers will be paid at a rate of £14/hour.

The candidates should have:
• Perfect command of Amharic and English and preferably of another language spoken in Ethiopia (Oromiffa, Tigrigna, Somali)
• Familiarity with social science research, with a particular emphasis on content analysis and interview techniques
• Familiarity with the social and political history of Ethiopia
• Proven ability to work independently
• Strong research ethics
• Ability to achieve results timely and under pressure
• A BA degree with a graduate degree strongly preferred

Senior Researchers are also expected to:
• Hold a graduate degree in a social science subject
• Have experience with software for quantitative research
• Prove their ability to supervise a team of researchers and ensure results are provided in a timely matter.

Applications should be sent to Dr Matti Pohjonen ( and should include:
• A curriculum vitae
• A cover letter, indicating the reasons for applying, and whether and to which extent the candidate fulfils the requirements for the position
• The name and the contact details of 2 references (for the position of Researcher) or 3 references (for the position of Senior Researcher)
• A writing sample (Up to 2,000 words for junior researchers and up to 5,000 words for senior researchers. Writing samples can include university papers, sections of master thesis, academic papers, newspapers articles, blog posts).

Applications will be collected on a rolling basis until 24 November 2014 (5pm GMT), and we strongly encourage applicants to apply before the deadline. Interviews will take place on 27 and 28 November either via Skype or phone or in person in London or Oxford. Informal queries can be sent to Dr Matti Pohjonen ( Please include either “Researcher” or “Senior Researcher” in the subject line of the email with both the informal queries and the job application.

Happy New Year – Enkutatash

Happy New Year 2007, or “enkutatash” to all those who are celebrating the #EthiopianNewYear on 11 September.

Ethiopia works to a different calendar to the Gregorian calendar followed in much of Europe, America and other countries. It is called the “Ethiopian calendar” (Amharic: የኢትዮጵያ ዘመን አቆጣጠር?; yä’Ityoṗṗya zämän aḳoṭaṭär) and is based on the older Alexandrian or Coptic calendar. It has 12 months of 30 days plus one month of five days, or six days in a Leap Year.


The Gregorian calendar was introduced to Europe by Pope Gregory III in 1582, and is a refinement of the Julian calendar which was introduced by Julius Caesar and took effect in 45 BC. The Ethiopian authorities preferred to stick with the Coptic Christian version.

The Ethiopian calendar is seven to eight years different from the Gregorian calendar as the different church authorities have different dates for the Annunciation of Jesus. Thus 11 September 2014 in the Gregorian calendar is New Year 2007 for Ethiopians.