Amharic Keyboard - የአማርኛ ኪቦርድ

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This Amharic Keyboard enables you to easily type Amharic online without installing Amharic keyboard. You can use your computer keyboard or mouse to type Amharic letters with this online keyboard.

Pressing Esc on the Amharic keyboard layout will toggle the mouse input between virtual QWERTY keyboard and virtual Amharic keyboard. The key will also turn on/off your keyboard input conversion. Pressing Esc on your keyboard has the same function.

Instructions for using the HBN Keyboard

When you click one of the root characters, all the variations will show up on the keyboard. You can then type the variation you want. Press Shift or either Ctrl + Alt or AltGr for additional Amharic letters that are not visible on the keyboard.

Instructions for using the Phonetic Keyboard

To enter አማርኛ type amarNa a(አ) ma(ማ) r(ር) Na(ኛ). To enter አዲስ አበባ type adis abeba a(አ) di(ዲ) s(ስ) a(አ) be(በ) ba(ባ). To enter ገብርኤል type gebr'El ge(ገ) b(ብ) r(ር) 'E(ኤ) l(ል). Note that rE yields ሬ while r'E yields ርኤ.


Instructions for using Transliteration

Transliteration works more or less the same way as the phonetic input with minor differences. Examples are a(አ), u(ኡ), i(ኢ), aa(ኣ), ee(ኤ), e(እ), o(ኦ), ua(ኧ), he(ሀ), hu(ሁ), hi(ሂ), ha(ሃ), hee(ሄ), h(ህ), ho(ሆ), hh(ሕ), sz(ሥ), sh(ሽ), qw(ቍ), qh(ቕ) , qhw(ቝ), eh(ዕ), ch(ች), x(ኅ), xw(ኍ), ny/gn(ኝ), kh(ኽ), khw(ዅ), zh(ዥ), dh(ዽ), gw(ጕ), gh(ጝ), th(ጥ), c(ጭ), ts(ጽ), tz(ፅ), ph(ጵ), bua(ቧ), kua(ኳ), hoa(ሇ), koa(ኯ), .(።), '.(.), ,(፣), ',(,), :(፤), ;(፥), :-(፦), <(«), >(»), ::(፡), +x(፠), |x(፨), `1(፩), ~1(፲).

Single quote(') can be used as a partition so that what is one the left and what is on the right are transliterated separately. For example s'ehl will produce ስዕል instead of ሰህል.

Font download for iPhone and iPad users

To download Amharic font for iPhone and iPad click signed.mobileconfig.

Font download for Mac users

To download Amharic font for Mac click and copy the font file, AbyssinicaSIL-R.ttf, to the Fonts folder in the Library folder on your hard drive.

Downloading and Installing for Windows

To download the HBN keyboard software to your computer click and view this YouTube video. The video shows how to download and install the keyboard on Windows Vista.

On some versions of Vista an error may occur during installation. In that case, right-click on setup.exe and run as administrator.

After downloading and installing your keyboard, view one of the video instructions here.

For mobile phones and tablets, touch and hold inside the text area to copy the text. You can then paste the text in any app such as Facebook, Twitter, email, or search app.

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