Amharic is spoken as a first language by 71.95%, and 20.12% spoke Oromiffa; the remaining 7.93% spoke all other primary languages reported.
English is spoken by most educated Ethiopians and is also spoken by most tourism businesses here in Bishoftu.
Amharic Language Guide
For international visitors to Bishoftu, knowing a few words in the Amharic language goes a long way in connecting with local people. Here's a short language guide to help you get started!
Selam no: Used as a greeting, “Hello”
Ishi: Literally translated as “OK”, ishi is also informally used to mean “yes” and “thank you”
Amaseginalo: Thank you (more formal than ishi)
Ferenj: You’re likely to hear this a lot from local kids – it refers to white foreigners!
Buna (be wetet): Coffee (with milk). "Makiato" is also commonly available but has more milk than an Italian macchiato.
Shai: Tea – usually served with spices
Yale sukar/spice: Without sugar/spice
Muk/Koach/Kazkazay: Hot/room temperature/cold (e.g. muk wuha = hot water)
Yikirta: Excuse me