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Dictionaries can be something of a personal matter; people become very attached to their favorite. In the above context Endale Zenawi's dictionary is archetypal; this is a much used and loved dictionary. The first edition had been out of print since 1975. Simon Wallenberg's Second 2007 edition of this invaluable reference book is bound to be welcome. The editors of Simon Wallenberg have included a brand new introduction to the Amharic language and a history of the Ethiopian People. Cultural notes have been added along with useful information on contemporary Ethiopia. A section on the Rastafarian religion has been added. The new edition has been expanded with over 660 pages of definitions making this dictionary the most comprehensive on the Amharic language. True to form, the Simon Wallenberg's editors have carried forward Endale Zenawi's work and have lived up to their tradition of creating some of the most widely used and respected dictionaries and reference books in the world. Definitions continue to be organized around the "core" meanings that is, "the one that represents the most literal use that the word has in ordinary modern Amharic usage. The dictionary is ideal for person looking for a quick answer while on a business trip as well for journalists and writers for whom it makes the perfect desktop companion. Portable, compact, and affordable, this Amharic Dictionary is ideal for school, the office, and lower university level The dictionary has been revised and updated to cover all the latest vocabulary. Words are tools for life and the Wallenberg dictionaries make them work for you. Acclaimed by Amharic Academics, Wallenberg Dictionaries has led the way in bilingual lexicography for many years. They have proved to be reliable dictionaries and have been complied for a large number of languages.