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Nyhet til alle Eritriere i Oslo  FM radio 99,3 hver søndag mellom 20:00 og 21:00, stille radio ditt på channel FM 99,3 og lytte til.

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Please use this account number when you pay for the semester bills. 78780559712.

Vær vennlig bruk denne kontonr 78780559712 når du betaler semster avgift. Konto'en tilhører til den Eritreisk Læreforening i Oslo Norge.

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There are nine languages in Eritrea. Tigrinya (50%) and Arabic are the working languages. The other languages are Tigre (40%), Afar (4%), Saho (3%), Bega (Beja), Bilen, Nara and Kunama. English and Italian are also widely understood.

There is no official language, though Tigrinya, Arabic and English predominate in commerce and national business. The use and development of all nine of Eritrea's languages are encouraged at the local level, and children attend primary school through the fifth grade in their mother tongue.
Toward the end of the nineteenth century, hundreds of thousands of Italian peasants settled in Eritrea. Some 70.000 remained in Eritrea at the end of the Italian colonial rule in 1941. Many, mainly older Eritreans therefore speak Italian.
Under the British administration, there were in effect two official languages, Tigrinya and Arabic.
During the years of the Ethiopian occupation, Amharic, the language of the ruling Ethiopian regime, was made the official language, and Eritrean languages were banned. But most Eritreans refused to speak Amharic. Instead, they continued to teach their native languages to their children.
English is now the language of instruction in secondary schools and in the University of Asmara and is fast becoming the foreign language of choice. The policy of the Eritrean government is for all elementary education to be carried out in the language of the area.

Tigrinya, spoken by at least half the population, has its own script derived from the ancient language Gee ’ez, now only used in the Orthodox Church. The script has over 200 characters, each representing a different sound (see below). While our alphabet states a, b, c and so on, Tigrinya has its own character for ba, be, bi, bo and so on, which are mutants of the basic character. Tigrinya word endings vary according to the gender of the person you are speaking to. It is by any standards a very difficult language to learn.
If you know a few words of Tigrinya, you'll amaze and delight the Eritreans and quickly win friends.

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