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My Tigrinya Phrasebook

I was browsing the web when I found an e-book entitled: “My Tigrinya Phrasebook” by Peter A. Crowther. It’s self described as “A manual of Tigrinya words and phrases” and it’s available free for download.

At first glance, I wouldn’t necessarily call it a phrasebook as, for the most part, it is a list of common English words (with one-to-one translations); this gives it a dictionary feel.

Another thing I noticed is that the Tigrinya terms are written in the Latin script. This design choice will probably make it easier, for those who are not familiar with the Ge’ez script, to use; however if you are planning on learning Tigrinya, you must become familiar with the Ge’ez script. Tigrinya is (almost) never written in the Latin script, so I highly recommend all students to just learn the Ge’ez script. It will make all your studies much easier.

On the other hand, I believe this book was primarily made for tourists or those who are not necessarily learning Tigrinya, but (for one reason or another) would need to know a few handy and quick phrases/words. Thus, the Tigrinya words are transliterated for ease of use. Regardless, it is a valuable free resource that I believe everyone should exploit. Thanks Peter Crowther.

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February 3, 2009  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Eritrea, language

5 Responses

  1. baba - May 19, 2009

    Thank you for this nice phrasebook i have been searching for something similar since two days.

    please post any new sites with Tigrinya translation.

    Best Regards

  2. baba - May 19, 2009

    Dear Mr. Peter A. Crowther

    Thank you for your efforts.

  3. baba - May 20, 2009

    After I Searched the net for a 2 days , and I got to Know that people in Eritrea have three main languages >>>
    National or official languages: English, Standard Arabic, Tigrinya.Here is the link >>>
    http://www.ethnologue.com/show_country.asp?name=ER
    Question: Should not be there somewhere an Arabic/Tigrinya ..
    or Tigrinya /Arabic dictionary.
    If you have any links , Thankyou.

    Best regards.

  4. Temaharay - May 21, 2009

    Yo baba,

    Yeah I guess there should be a Tigrinya/Arabic dictionary out there, but I am just one guy. I created this website as a hobby, so I really don’t have the time to bang out a proper Tigrinya/Arabic dictionary.

    Maybe in the future, but not quite now. Sorry,

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