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- Alternate names & spellings: Galla (former name), Afaan Oromo, Afaan Oromoo, Afan Oromo, Oromiffa and Oromoo.
- Language ISO code: om
- Number of speakers: 30 million people
- Writing system: Since the 1970s the Latin alphabet has been the orthography used for the language. However, it has its own vowels and consonants.
- Spoken in: Ethiopia and also in some parts of countries such as Kenya, Somalia and Tanzania.
Oromo, the third most spoken language in Africa followed by Arabic and Hausa.
It is an Afro-Asiatic language that belongs to the branch of Cushitic languages and together with Amharic, is the most important language of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. While Amharic is the official language of the country, Oromo constitutes national language and lingua franca. But Oromo is also spoken in Kenya and Somalia, where the population who speaks the language as lingua franca reaches roughly 500, 000 speakers.
Although not much is known about the history of the language, it well known that during the regime of the Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie, from 1930 to 1974, as a result of the domination of the Amharic people over the Oromos, the Oromo people lost their sovereignty and the Oromo language was not only banned but also ridiculed. During this period of suppression Amharic language was imposed in the public sphere and meanwhile, Oromo was not used by the government or the media neither taught in schools. Nevertheless, the language survived among those who lived in the urban areas and had to learn Amharic and also among those living in the rural areas in which they did not have access to education. In early 1974 the emperor Haile Selassie was deposed by a military coup although the language was also forbidden during the suppressive socialist regime that followed his deposition.
As a consequence of the geographical expansion of the Oromo people, the language has several dialects, of which the most distinguished are Wellegga, Tulama, Wello, Arsi, Harar and Borena. Although it is true that there is no standard Oromo dialect, in most of the cases the interdialectal comprehension is possible.