Amharic is a Semitic language, and, of Semitic langauges, has the second highest number of speakers in the world after Arabic.
The Amharic script is an abugida: each character represents a consonant and a vowel together; interestingly, each consonant has a basic letter shape, which is changed based on which vowel it’s paired with.
The Amharic alphabet has 33 letters, each of which may take up to 5 different forms, adding up to a total of 251 characters.
Punctuation in Amharic is interesting:
፡ word separator
። full stop
፧ question mark
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