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This post is brought to you by the letter: 26-gaml1

The twenty-sixth symbol of the Amharic alphabet is called GÄML and it sounds similar to a letter G, as in the word “give”. This group is very easy to write.
The animations were made according to the instructions in the book Writing and Reading Amharic and the sounds are from the site Amharic Online. Phonetic symbols according to David Appleyard.

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phonetics

how to write it
and say it

examples
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body
(gäla) body
26-gaml2

gu

hippopotamus
(gumarre) hippopotamus
26-gaml3

gi

scorpion
(gint’) scorpion
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ga

newsp
(gazet’a) newspaper
26-gaml5

ge

lord
(geta) master, Lord
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gï (just g at the end of a word)

glory
(gïrma) glory, dignity
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go

tire
(goma) tire

Also the combination of the sounds g and wa form an eighth
symbol or “jwa” gwa

There are also other combinations that form more symbols, also used in Amharic :

g + wä = gwaa g + wi = gwi
g + we = gwe g + wï = gwii

Finally, the complete sequence in alphabetical order :
gaml

Next week, the second letter T.

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