To make it even easier to find all our Ge'ez (Ethiopic) script keyboards, we’ve built a new Ge'ez minisite. In addition to 9 Ge'ez language keyboards, the site includes a FAQ with font help and links to our partner application, GeezWord.
Today, the Ge'ez script is used by nearly 25 million people in Ethiopia, Eritrea and around the world. The script is most commonly used for Ethiopian Semitic languages, including Amharic and Tigrigna, but is also used for Cushitic, Omotic and Nilo-Saharan languages like Blin, Bench and Me'en.
The Ge'ez Frontier Foundation has crafted nine separate keyboard packages for eleven different languages:
|Amharic||Semitic||Ethiopia||Over 17.5 million|
|Awngi||Cushitic||Ethiopia||Half a million|
|Sebatbeit||Semitic||Ethiopia||Over 2.3 million|
|Tigrigna||Semitic||Ethiopia||Over 3.2 million|
Each keyboard follows the same straightforward phonetic approach. Type one or more Latin letters in consistent combinations to get phonetically similar characters in any Ge'ez-script language.
The characters available in each keyboard differ to provide optimal access to the letters needed by each language. For example, here's a comparison of a few characters in the Amharic, Ge'ez, and Tigrigna keyboards:
GeezWord by GeezSoft is a tailored typing application for Amharic and Tigrigna built on the Keyman engine. With a focus on desktop publishing, a solid collection of Ge'ez fonts, and native language techincal support in Amharic and Tigrigna, GeezWord is a great all-in-one solution for Ge'ez writers.
Check out GeezWord and all of the Ge'ez keyboards from our new minisite.