Have to disagree with Amharic being the mother tongue. People have been around for hundreds of thousands of years, how plausible is it that the exact same language that was spoken then has remained unchanged until now? I may be wrong but I think Amharic in its present form is not even the most ancient language of (the country) Ethiopia; Geez is supposed to be an older tongue that is now only really used ritually by priests, etc., no?
Just my two cents pon de ting... Be Blessed
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