Amharic is our national Language followed in Ethiopia by Oromo, a Cushitic language spoken by about 30% of the population. The third language is Tigrinya, related to Amharic but mostly spoken in northern Ethiopia in the state of Tigray. Tigrinya is derived from Ge’ez, a Semetic language which was written using  Ge’ez  script, Ge’ez is still in liturgical use by the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.  Additionally, most villagers use their local dialect of which there are approximately 83. English is the most widely spoken foreign language and is the medium of instruction in secondary schools.