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Oromo is the most widely spoken of the Cushitic languages, a family which includes the Somali language. It is an official language in Ethiopia and is also spoken in Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti. There are many dialects of Oromo - not all of them understandable by speakers of other dialects - which tend to borrow words from neighbouring languages. For example, the Oromo of Ethiopia may borrow Amharic words.

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Where is it spoken?

Ethiopia

Kenya

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Number of speakers

34,000,000

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Language family

Afro-Asiatic

Cushitic

Lowland East Cushitic

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Fun facts — Oromo

Before the 1970s, Oromo could be written in either the Latin or the Ge'ez script. Today only the Latin script is used.

The Oromo people refer to their language as Afaan Oromo. Afaan means mouth or language.

Oromo has the fourth number of speakers of all languages spoken in Africa, coming after Arabic, Swahili and Hausa.

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