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Getting Started with Tigrinya

For individuals interested in quickly acquiring proficiency in Tigrinya and effectively engaging with the Tigray people, the following selection of commonly translated phrases will prove invaluable. These phrases encompass conversation openers, greetings, and courteous expressions, facilitating seamless communication and fostering positive connections.

Hello. / Hi.
ሰላም. / ሰላም.
How are you?
ከመይ አለካ?
I am fine. And you?
ኣነ ደሓን እየ. ንስኻ ክ?
What is your name?
ሽምካ መን ይበሃል?
My name is Abdul.
ዓብዱል ይበሃል።
I am pleased to meet you.
ምስ ምርኻበይ ደስ ይብለኒ።
Thank you.
የቕንየለይ.
You are welcome.
ገንዘብካ.
Please.
በይዝኦም.
Excuse me. / Sorry.
ይቅርታ ይግበሩለይ. / ይሓዝን.
Yes. / No.
እወ. / አይኮንን.
Good morning.
ከመይ ሓዲርኩም.
Good afternoon.
ከመይ ውዒሎም.
Good night.
ልዋም ለይቲ.
See you later.
ጸኒሑ የራኽበና.
Goodbye.
ሰላም ኩን.
Today is a nice day, isn`t it?
ሎሚ ደስ ዘብል መዓልቲ`ዩ ሓቀይ?
Where are you from?
ካበይ ኢኻ መፂኻ?
I am from Ethiopia.
ኣነ ካብ ኢትዮጵያ እየ።
Do you live here?
ኣብዚ ዲኻ ትነብር?
Do you like it here?
ኣብዚ ትፈትዎ ዲኻ?
Yes, I like it here.
እወ ኣብዚ ደስ ይብለኒ።
How long are you here for?
ክሳብ መዓስ ኢኻ ኣብዚ ዘለኻ?
I am here for three days / weeks.
ኣብዚ ንሰለስተ መዓልቲ / ሰሙን እየ ዘለኹ።
Where are you going?
ናበይ ኢኻ ትኸይድ ዘለኻ?
I am going to shopping.
ናብ ዕዳጋ እየ ዝኸይድ ዘለኹ።
How old are you?
ክንደይ ዓመትካ እዩ?
I am 23 years old.
ወዲ 23 ዓመት እየ።
What is your occupation?
ሞያኻ እንታይ እዩ?
I am an Electrician.
ኣነ ኤሌክትሪሻን እየ።
I am a student.
ኣነ ተማሃራይ እየ።
I am retired.
ኣነ ጡረታ ወጺአ ኣለኹ።

About our translator


Tigrinya (ትግሪኛ) is a semitic language spoken in Eritrea and in Tigray region. It is spoken by over 7 million people around the world.

For those whose first language is not Tigrinya, typing and translating English to Tigrinya can be difficult. There are many websites and agencies that provide online and offline translation and interpreting services. Those services can either be expensive or if it is free the quality of translation is often poor and unreliable.

While it makes sense for paying professionals to translate highly specialized subjects and official documents - there is no need to pay for translating commonly spoken words and phrases. For this our online software can be used.

Our translation software gives you high-quality translation results for FREE. This is because it uses a powerful Google translation API to instantly translate sentences between English to Tigrinya. You can use our tool to translate up to 500 characters per request. But the good news is you can make unlimited requests.

While the translation result is not always 100% accurate - with a few modifications it can be pretty accurate. We have also integrated a Google Input tool which can be used to easily edit or modify the translated Tigrinya text. Besides, this software is evolving and improving every day and shortly we hope it can produce near to perfect translation.

We have also integrated functionality with which you can download or copy the translated text and either share them on social media or use on Word Processing software (such as Microsoft Word) for further formatting.

If you have any other suggestions on how to improve English to Tigrinya, please let us know on our Facebook page.

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Key Features of Our Translation Software


  •   Easy and Instant Translation:

    You can easily translate English words, sentences and phrases into corresponding Tigrinya.

    For E.g.

    Typing "The first written example of the Tigrinya text was found in 13th century." will be converted into "ናይ መጀመርታ ጽሑፋዊ ኣብነት ናይ ትግርኛ ጽሑፍ ኣብ መበል 13 ክፍለ ዘመን እዩ ተረኺቡ።"

    You can also use this software as a dictionary to convert English to Tigrinya.

    For E.g.

    Beautiful meaning in Tigrinya will be "ಸುಂದರ (Sundara)"
    Brave meaning in Tigrinya will be "ಧೈರ್ಯಶಾಲಿ (Dhairyasali)"
  •   Multi Platform Support:
    Our translator is supported on all major platforms from Desktop, to Apple iPhone and Samsung / Xiaomi Readmi Android devices.
  •   High Accuracy Rate:
    As our English to Tigrinya translation software uses Google API, it is much more accurate than other websites which use their own in-house or Yandex or Baidu Translation API.
  •   Multi Language Translation:
    Use our website for translating between Tigrinya and many other languages. Some of them are:

    English To SwahiliEnglish To TigrinyaTigrinya To EnglishHindi To TigrinyaTigrinya To Hindi

  •   FREE and Unlimited Translation:
    Like our online Tigrinya typing, our new translation tool is 100% free. In addition, you can make unlimited requests. However, we have placed a few restrictions to prevent abuse from bots making huge and multiple translation requests.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Transliteration and Translation?

Transliteration is a process of transferring similar-sounding words from one language to another. To give you an example, typing “Englizgna Tzarebdo?“ will be transliterated into “እንግሊዝኛ ትዛረብዶ? “.

Whereas, translation is a process of converting the written word from one language to another. For E.g. converting text written from English to Tigrinya.

How does English to Tigrinya translation works?

Our online translation software uses either Google, Microsoft, or Yandex to translate word, sentence, and phrase from English to Tigrinya.

Whenever you enter words, sentences, or phrases in English and click on the “Translate” button, our software sends a request to Google, Microsoft, or Yandex for translation.

Their backend system uses some of the cutting edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, Web APIs, Big Data, etc to perform higher quality translations, and send back the response in Tigrinya.

All this process just takes a split second.

Can I download this translation software?

At a moment you can only use our Tigrinya translator online.

However, you can download and install Google Translation Chrome extension tool on your Google Chrome browser.

With this, you can either translate the entire page you are browsing by clicking the translation icon on the browser toolbar. Or, you can also highlight and right-click the section of the text, and click on the “Translate” icon to get the translation result in a language you have chosen from the drop-down menu.

Why is the translation not accurate?

Our Tigrinya translation software uses automated machine-language technology provided by Google or Microsoft. As humans are not involved, in some cases it will miss the context and cultural nuances of the language.

Having said so, our translator is useful for those who need help framing the sentence and get a general idea of what the sentence or phrase is conveying the message. With little modification, you can get near to perfect translation. We have also embedded Tigrinya transliteration, with a help of which you can easily edit, modify or add Tigrinya text.

Furthermore, the Google and Microsoft Translation API is evolving every day and as time goes by the translation result is going to be pretty accurate.

Is it FREE?

Yes. Our translator is 100% free.

However, we have few restrictions in place to ensure that robots or automated software are not abusing our service.

At any time you can translate up to a maximum of 500 characters per request. But you can make unlimited requests provided that you don’t misuse our software.

How can I translate Tigrinya text on image or picture?

You can use third-party services, such as Yandex to translate words or sentences embedded in images or graphics.

Alternatively, if you are using a smartphone, you can download the Google Translate app that allows you to translate a picture. For this, you need to give Google Translate access to your camera. Once this is done, you can open the Google Translate app and tap on the Camera icon to translate any text on the picture.


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