Amharic Translation and Interpreting

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most spoken native language in Africa


of the global population speak it naively


most spoken native language in the world

Amharic Translation and Interpreting

At Translate UK we provide a professional Amharic translation service, as well as Amharic interpreters. Although Amharic is only spoken by a small number of people within the United Kingdom, Amharic translation services and Amharic interpreters are among our most requested services and we are well placed to meet these needs.


Million Speakers Worldwide

Million Native Speakers

Million Second Language Speakers

Million Speakers Outside Ethiopia

Amharic Language History

Amharic is an Ethiopian Semitic language and part of the Semitic branch of the Afroasiatic language family. It is thought to have developed through the pidginization of the Semitic and Cushitic languages, to facilitate communication between them. Since the twelfth century Amharic has been used in law, the military and trade across Ethiopia, and remains the official language of Ethiopia to this day. However, Amharic is only the second most spoken language in Ethiopia, which has a larger population of Oromo speakers.

Amharic is written using a system that evolved out of the Ge’ez script. The Amharic script is an abugida, where each unit represents a vowel-consonant combination, in contrast to an alphabet.

Amharic is a Global Language

The Amharic language is the native language of the Amharas, in addition to being used as a lingua franca across Ethiopia. It is considered a holy language by the Rastafari religion and is used by practitioners of this religion worldwide. Amharic is also spoken by Ethiopian Jewish communities in Israel and Ethiopia. Globally, Amharic is the second most spoken Semitic language, after Arabic.

In the United Kingdom there are only an approximate 16,000 Ethiopian born residents, as a result there are few Amharic speakers. Despite this, Amharic is one of our most requested language services, this is because we are highly experienced handling this specific language need. We have access to some of the best Amharic translators and interpreters in the country and provide comprehensive and professional Amharic language services. 

Sector Specific Services

At Translate UK we can provide Amharic translators or interpreters for a range of dialects. We can also provide additional support for certain sectors by providing them with linguists who have specialised in a specific field. Our linguists are required to keep up to date on specific industry terminology and requirements. This allows us to provide a more customised and supportive service. To learn more about our specialist sectors select one from below.

Amharic Translation Service

We can provide translations to and from Amharic for any document, no matter how large or small. We have been providing document translations for fifteen years, from letters and reports to patient records and certificates, there isn’t much our experienced team haven’t seen. All of our translators are qualified and vetted by us, and many are DPSI qualified or registered with the ITI or CIOL.

Amharic Legal Document Translation

We can provide Amharic translations for any document which is to be used in a legal setting. We have an in-house legal expert with almost 20 years’ experience as a solicitor and are acutely aware of the importance of accuracy and reliability when it comes to the translation of legal documents.

On top of this, each of our legal translators has a specialist focus in law, having worked in or completed training specific to the legal sector. We ensure that all of our legal translators are up to date with the current terminology both in the UK and in their native language to guarantee a quality translation with no mistakes.

Amharic Technical Document Translation

We can provide Amharic translations for technical or scientific documents. This includes journal literature, operation manuals, safety instructions, patents and technical drawings. We know how important it is to have precise, accurate and consistent translations of technical documents, so all our translations are done by experts in the field.

We ensure all of our linguists to stay up to date on the specialised terminology used in their field and for ongoing projects we’ll try to assign the same translator where possible so that they can become familiar with your company terminology and vocabulary.

Secure and Confidential

At Translate UK confidentiality is of the upmost importance to us and we are careful to act in complete compliance with GDPR regulations. Each of our linguists signs a confidentiality agreement before undertaking any work for us and we only ever send documents via secure email.

Amharic Interpreting Service

In addition to our Amharic translation service we can also provide Amharic speaking interpreters. All our interpreters are qualified experienced professionals with relevant post-graduate qualifications and membership of professional linguistic associations. We are well equipped to provide interpreters at short notice and we have even provided linguists for the same day.

Face to Face Amharic Interpreters

Our face to face Amharic interpreters work to facilitate communication between individuals who speak Amharic and those who speak English, in order to provide them with equal access to all of the services they might need.  We recommend face to face interpreting where a conversation is necessary, including complex and sensitive situations where information is best delivered in person.

Remote Amharic Interpreters

We understand that it is not always possible to use a face to face interpreter, so we also provide a remote interpreting service. Our Amharic speaking remote interpreters can be contacted through a variety of platforms according to your business needs. This includes over-the-phone and a complimentary conference call service. They can also be contacted through video call platforms including Zoom and Skype. 

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