Learn Afar Af (Qafaraf)

The people of Afar speak their own language, Afar Af, one of the Cusshitic languages in Ethiopia. Afar Af uses 26 Latin letter of which 21 are constants and the rest 5 vowels. Three of the letters in Afar Af alphabets are pronounced in a different way than English. C is pronounced H, Q stands for the sound A and X represents the constant D.

Afar alphabet

A a B b T t S s E e C c K k X x
a ba ta sa e ca ka xa
I i D d Q q R r F f G g O o L l
i da qa ra fa ga o la
M m N n U u W w H h Y y
ma na u wa ha ya

Afar pronunciation

Afar alphabet

Sample text in Afar

Addunya takkeemik dumal elle, Qangara deqsittam ten. A Qangara Yalla lih ten, a Qangara kee Yalla inkiimiiy inki Yalla. Ta Qangara dumal elle akah sugte’nnah Yalla lih tan. Yalli ta Qangarat kullim gineeh, ginnimteemik a Qangara maleh ginnimtem matan.

Translation

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

Source: http://www.language-museum.com/a/afar.php

Useful Phrases

English ……………………………….. Afar Af

Todat  ………………………………….. Asaaku
Tomorrow …………………………….. Beera
Yesterday …………………………….. Kimaala

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