Description

Tigrinya is one of several semitic languages and while it is descended from the same parent language as Tigre, the two are not to be confused. After years of independent development they are now quite different.

Tigrinya is spoken about 7 million people mostly in Eritrea and northern Ethiopia with a few in the diaspora. Unlike most other Semitic languages , Tigrinya is read left to right as in English and while it can appear difficult at first is quite easy to read. You write as you read and read as you write.

An interesting aspect of Tigrinya is the presence of Italian words which is evidence of Italian occupation of the area several years ago.

With our Tigrinya Starter Microlearning Course, you can:

  • Identify the alphabet and the sounds in Tigrinya
  • Introduce yourself and others
  • Talk about colors
  • Use numbers 1-20
  • Use the days of the week
  • Use simple greetings
  • Talk about professions
  • Talk about countries and where you live
  • Tell the time
  • Give your phone number and contact details
  • Talk about food and drinks