Amharic is one of the five official languages of Ethiopia used in government, business, government schools, most newspapers, and by educated people. It is the first language of Amhara people that are indigenious to Ethiopia. In 2007, there are more than 21 million native speakers and another several million people use it as a second language.
The Amharic Basic Course presents lessons in dialogues, drills, exercises, and narratives. It includes samples of speech, explanations of basic language structures, and a variety of practical exercises.