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For people who want to learn Amharic but struggle, a new book by an Indian national hopes to break the language barrier. “Speak Amharic Language That goes to the hearts of Ethiopians,” was released on Monday April 9, 2012.
The Amharic for foreigners’ book is written by K. Sekhar, an Indian national who speaks six languages including Amharic. It focuses on the basic ability to get by in Amharic; how to order food and drinks, finding your way around, buying tickets etc.
“It took me three years to be able to learn Amharic, which is the same amount of time I have been living in Ethiopia. When I first came here I took classes to learn the language and that is when I basically started writing the book,” said Sekhar
The motto of the book comes from Nelson Mandela: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to a man in his language that goes to his heart,” That is what Sekhar also believes. “When you live in a foreign country, you should learn to speak their language in order to understand the culture and people more,” he says.
“When I came here I found Ethiopia to be very pleasant, peaceful and the people very friendly. I can speak four Indian native languages but surprisingly I am unable to write in those languages, I only speak them. But it took me three years to learn spoken and written Amharic. I understand the challenges of learning a new language, so I hope this book will help and encourage other foreigners to learn as well,” he stated.
K. Sekhar, is 36 years old and currently a Management lecturer at Mizan-Tepi University in Ethiopia. He has more than 12 years of experience in the area of teaching Management and Spoken English and owns his own English language center in India. He has produced self-study guides on English and modules on Management.
The Author is already working on a second book entitled “Amharic: Speak with the Hearts of Ethiopians,” that deals mostly with question and answers and grammar. He hopes to publish it next year. His current book is on the market and is sold for 49 birr.