Oromo Vocabulary

The Oromo vocabulary is the backbone for learning. Below we picked 70% of the most commonly used words. Therefore memorizing them will give you a 70% boost in the language. This is the smarter way of online learning. Learn only what you need. We start with commonly used numbers.

One: tokko Two: lama Three: sadii
Four: afur Five: shan Six: jaa'a
Seven: torba Eight: saddeet Nine: sagal
Ten: kudhan First: tokkoffaa Second: lammaffaa

Days of the week and time expressions:

Monday: dafinoo / ojja duree Tuesday: facaasaa Wednesday: roobii
Thursday: kamisa Friday: jimaata Saturday: sambata xinnaa / sambata duraa
Sunday: dilbata / sambata guddaa Now: amma Yesterday: kaleessa
Today: harr'a Tonight: edana Tomorrow: bor

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Most popular fruits and vegetables:

Fruits: muduraa Apples: miilloo
Bananas: muuzii Tomatoes: timaantima
Potatoes: dinnichaa Onions: shunkurtaa

Colors that we think are very important to remember:

Red: diimaa Green: magariisa Blue: baluu
White: adii Black: gurraacha Grey: daalacha

Some words related to food:

Breakfast: ciree Lunch: dhiyaana
Dinner: irbaata Milk: annan
Coffee: buna Bread: daabboo

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Weather terms and sensations:

Sunny: aduu qaba Windy: nibubbisa Rainy: roobuu
Snowy: Cold: dhaamocha Hot: gubaa

Words related to family and relatives:

Boy: gurbaa Girl: intala
Son: ilma Daughter: intala
Brother: obboleessa Sister: obboleettii
Man: dhira Woman: dubartii
Father: abbaa Mother: haadha
Grandfather: akaakayyuu Grandmother: akkawoo

Locations in the house which are talked about more during the day:

House: mana Toilet: kutaa usoo Room: kutaamanaa
Bedroom: kutaasiree Kitchen: kushiinaa Table: xarapheezzaa

Animals and pets popular to everyone:

Cat: adurree Dog: saree Mouse: antuuta
Bird: simbira Cow: sa'a Horse: farda

The clothes most worn by most people:

Socks: kaalsii Shoes: qophee Trousers: surree
Shirt: shamiizii Sweater: shurraaba Coat: kootii

Most popular languages in the world:

English: ingiliffaa French: faransaayii German: jarmaniffaa
Spanish: ispaaniffaa Italian: xaaliyaaniffaa Portuguese: portugiizii
Greek: giriikiffaa Russian: raashiniffaa Arabic: arabiffaa
Hindi: hindiffaa Chinese: chaayiniffaa Japanese: jaappaaniffa


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Most popular terms when traveling:

Taxi: taaksii Bus: baasii
Hotel: hooteela Reservation: sire qabsiisuu
Airport: dirree xiyaaraa Passport: paaspoortii

Words you can use in class or talking about school:

Student: barataa Teacher: barsiisaa Pen: iskiriibtoo
Books: kitaaboota Page: fuula Dictionary: kuusaa jecholee

Body parts which are talked about more often:

Hand: harka Feet: miilla Hair: dabbasaa
Eye: ija Mouth: afaan Nose: funyaan

Emergency vocabulary to ask for help or offer help when needed:

Ambulance: ambulaansii Doctor: cirreessa
Hospital: hoospitaala Pharmacy: manaqorichaa
Police: pooliisii Stomach Ache: garaa ciniinnaa

As you can see, this Oromo vocabulary is something you will need every day. You can use our Vocabulary Trainer to help you memorize these words.

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Did you know? People use only a small amount of their vocabulary on a daily basis. The rest of the words are either unused or not used often.