አማርኛ (Amharic) “Almost Homophones” Vocabulary

Not to confuse you, but here are a lot of words that sound almost the same and have different meanings. It’s good pronunciation practice, and hopefully will help you avoid mix-ups when speaking and listening.

ጠራራ/t’ärara = sunny
ተራራ/tärara = mountains
ውጭ/wïč’ = abroad (outside of Ethiopia/East Africa)
ውጪ/wïč’i = outcomes/results
መውለድ/mäwläd = to give birth
መደወል/mädäwäl = to call (on the phone)
አዝማሪ/azmari = musician
አዝመራ/azmära = crop
ምልክት/mïlïkt = key
መልዕክት/mälïïkt = message
ዋገ/wagä = price
ወገ/wägä = relatives
ትኩረት/tïkurät = attention
ኩራት/kurat = pride
መግባት/mägbat = to enter (a room)
ማግባት/magbat = to marry (ie. a wedding)
መሳል/mäsal = to draw
ማሳል/masal = to cough
ማማሰል/mamasäl = to stir
ደህነት/dähnät = poverty
ደህንነት/dähnïnät = good situation (lit. “fineness”)

EXERCISE: Write definitions in Amharic for the following words

example: መደወል/mädäwäl = በስልክ መውራት/bäsïlk mäwrat

  1. ደህነት/dähnät = ____________________________________________________
  2. ትኩረት/tïkurät = ____________________________________________________
  3. ማሳል/masal = ____________________________________________________
  4. ተራራ/tärara = ____________________________________________________
  5. ወገ/wägä = ____________________________________________________

EXERCISE: Fill-in-the-Blank: Select the correct option to correctly complete the sentence.

  1. ባል፡የለኝም። _______________ አልፈልግም።
    bal yäläñm._______________ alfälgm.
    a. መግባት/mägbat b. ማግባት/magbat
  2. _______________ አይቀንስም?
    _______________ ayk’änsïm?
    a. ወገ/wägä b. ዋገ/wagä
  3. እሷ ስራ ለመግኘት _______________ ሄደች።
    ïswa sïra lämagïñät _______________ hedäč.
    a. ውጪ/wïč’i b. ውጭ/wïč’
  4. ወጥ ስትሰሩ፣ _______________ አለባችሁ።
    wät’ sïtsäru, _______________ aläbačhu.
    a. ማማሰል/mamasäl b. መሳል/mäsal
  5. እትዮጵያ ውስጥ፣ _______________ ትልቅ ችግር ነው።
    etyop’ya wïst, _______________ tïlk’ čigïr näw.
    a. ደህንነት/dähnïnät b. ደህነት/dähnät

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