Lalisaa Hiikaa (Lelisa Hika)
Gabaasa Itti dabalataa, Amguyyeessa
Currently, we are working on this Grand Afaan Oromoo Translation Project based on seven major dialects of Afaan Oromoo. We proposed these dialect classifications based on several scholarly articles and Oromo Literature including a research by one of our great team member and former professor of Linguistics at Jimma University, Amanuel Raga and Samuel Aadola. If you think there are any groups left out or you have any suggestion, please contact us before November 25, 2016. For details of the major Afaan Oromo dialects, read from page 33 second column last paragraph of the PDF file in this link you will get a general idea of how we selected these dialects. (http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/JLC/article-full-text-pdf/EC432FC1908).
Major Afaan Oromoo Dialects
The main dialects of Oromo are Wellega (spoken in the West Wellega, East Wellega, Illubabor, and Jima zones), Tulama (in the North, West, and East Shewa zones), Wello (in Northern Shewa and Southern Amhara), Arsi (in the Arsi and Bale zones), Harar (in the West and East Harerge Zones), and Borena (in the southern-most zone by the same name). This classification scheme is general, as there is no official division of Oromo dialects, and many dialects go by multiple names (Wellega is also called Mecha). Additionally, more isolated dialects are spoken by small Oromo communities that remain in eastern Amhara and sourthern Tigray. The major differences in dialects are in the form of pronouns, certain verb conjugations, and colloquial lexicon.
- Macca (Wallagga, Ilu Abbaa Booraa, Jimmaa)
- Tuulama (Shawaa)
- Boorana, Saakuyyee, Gabra, Orma,