Would you like to type in an Ethiopic Ge'ez-script language?
Choose from our selection of Ge'ez keyboards.
These Unicode keyboards run on Keyman Desktop in any Unicode Windows application. They allow intuitive, phonetic typing of Ethiopic languages using a standard hardware keyboard.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which font should I use in Microsoft Word and other programs?
These packages each come with the following Ge'ez fonts, which we recommend you use:
Abyssinica SIL Ethiopic Fantuwua Ethiopic Hiwua Ethiopic Jiret Ethiopic Tint Ethiopic WashRa Ethiopic Wookianos Ethiopic Yebse Ethiopic Yigezu Bisrat Goffer Free Serif
What transcription method do the keyboards use?
The keyboards use the SERA (System for Ethiopic Representation in ASCII) method for transcribing the Ge'ez script into Latin characters. SERA uses the following principles:
- A letter for every keystroke.
- Keystrokes with intuitive phonetic associations. For example —
Typing selam produces: ሰላም
Typing TienaysTlN produces: ጤናይስጥልኝ
- Ge'ez default punctuation with Western default space. (Ge'ez space '፡' available with SHIFT + SPACEBAR)
- Western default numbers.
What is the difference between Tigrigna (Eritrea) and Tigrigna (Ethiopia)?
The two Tigrigna keyboards differ slightly. Tigrigna (Ethiopia) includes three sets of characters which are not in Tigrigna (Eritrea) — ሥ, ኅ, ፅ — as well as the single character ኧ. The two keyboards also differ on the punctuation they offer:
Typing , ,, ,,, ; ;; : :: :- ?? Tigrigna (Eritrea) result ፡ , ፣ ; ፡ ። ፦ ፧ Tigrignia (Ethiopia) result ፣ ፥ , ፤ ; ፡ ። ፦
These keyboards are designed and copyrighted by the Geez Frontier Foundation.