Vancouver Ethiopian Blog

Ethiopian life in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Microsoft to Release Windows 7 in Amharic, Ethiopian National Language, and Nine Other African Languages

Ethiopia, the second most populous nation in Africa (after Nigeria) has a population of 80 million this year (2009). There are 84 languages (these are totally different languages) and more than 200 dialects in Ethiopia. However, Amharic remains Ethiopia’s national language. It is estimated that 50% of the population speak Amharic (as first language and second language speakers).

Although Ethiopia is one of the oldest nations in the world, its languages did not develop fully to express scientific words and phrases. Many attempts to translate text books into Amharic failed miserably.

So, English remains the primary business language of Ethiopia; and all subjects are taught in English from grade 7 and above, including colleges and universities.

Until recently, Geez fonts were not available in Microsoft Office packages. We had to buy and download the fonts from Ethiopian programmers’ websites. The idea of buying Geez fonts has made me very upset over the years. Mind you … when all the rich nations were getting free fonts, but poor Ethiopians, other Africans and Asians were subjected to really expensive charges just to get fonts.

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December 31, 2009 Posted by | Ethiopian Businesses, Ethiopian Careers, Ethiopian Culture, Ethiopian Education, Ethiopian History, Ethiopian Languages, Ethiopian Media, Ethiopian Professors, Ethiopian Socials, Ethiopians & Technology, Ethiopians Back Home, Ethiopians in Vancouver | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

An Ethiopian Blogger’s View: Are all African Presidents/Prime Ministers Corrupt?

A couple of weeks ago, I published a post entitled, “An Ethiopian Blogger’s View: Is Greed Good or Bad?“. That post made me think about all the greed happening with in Africa, especially its leaders.

Why is that the leaders of Africa, once in power, they don’t want to give it up? I don’t really understand what the reasons are, but I suspect that they don’t want to give up the lavish life style they got accustomed to.

Corruption occurs in every nation. African leaders and in fact all the people of Africa are not immune to corruption. But, are all the leaders of Africa corrupt? I agree that the vast majority of African leaders are corrupt, but not all of them. One great African leader, who was not corrupt at all and lived a simple life, and loved by everyone in his country, by all Africans and by the entire world was Julius Nyerere of Tanzania.

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December 24, 2009 Posted by | Ethiopian Businesses, Ethiopian Careers, Ethiopian Citizenship, Ethiopian Culture, Ethiopian History, Ethiopian Media, Ethiopian Parenting, Ethiopian Politics, Ethiopian Proverbs, Ethiopian Restaurants, Ethiopian Socials, Ethiopians Back Home, Ethiopians in Vancouver | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Just How Big is the Internet in China?

In the past two tech posts, I covered how big the Internet was around the globe and some of the cool thing we could do on the Internet. To day, I just wanted to show how big the Internet is in China.

So, just how big is the Internet in China? The simple answer to this question is – It is soooooooo HUGE.

Here are some of the break downs …

Some Highlights:

As of June 30, 2009, there were more than 338,000,000 Internet users in China. Out of these numbers:

  • 162,000,000 were bloggers
  • 117,000,000 were mobile users
  • 84,500,000 were rural users
  • 52.5% were male and 47.5% were female
  • 90.6% use broadband connections
  • The average Chinese user spends nearly 17 hours a week on the Internet

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December 17, 2009 Posted by | Ethiopian Businesses, Ethiopian Careers, Ethiopian Investments, Ethiopian Media, Ethiopian Politics, Ethiopian Socials, Ethiopians & Technology, Ethiopians Back Home, Ethiopians in Vancouver | , , , , , | 1 Comment

An Ethiopian Blogger’s View: Is Greed Good Or Bad?

Is greed acceptable? Why is that humans are so greedy? Why is the Western society so greedy and increasingly getting very corrupt? Even after many years of living in West, I find it very hard to understand.

I grew up in Ethiopia, where the culture is that of communal, not individual. As such, Ethiopians don’t boast around their individual accomplishments as same caliber person in the West would. This is nothing to do with being shy or lack of confidence, rather it is the cultural up bringing.

The financial crises that started in 2007, continuing right till now, probably is a blessing in disguise in the sense that we all must learn to live with in our means, appreciate what we have, don’t take our life for granted, and learn to save our legally earned money.

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December 10, 2009 Posted by | Ethiopian Businesses, Ethiopian Careers, Ethiopian Culture, Ethiopian Education, Ethiopian History, Ethiopian Investments, Ethiopian Media, Ethiopian Parenting, Ethiopian Politics, Ethiopian Socials, Ethiopians & Technology, Ethiopians Back Home, Ethiopians in Vancouver | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Role Model Ethiopian – Daniel W. Yohannes

Ethiopia’s population is now estimated at 80 million. There are more than 1.6 million Ethiopians living out side of Ethiopia. Out of these, about 600,000 live in North America (100,000 in Canada and 500,000 in the USA). The vast majority of Ethiopians reside in the East and West Coasts of the USA.

There are many prominent and successful Ethiopians in the USA. Most Ethiopians in the USA are university educated. In fact, a few years ago, a US study indicated Ethiopian-Americans as the most educated people in the USA (based on percentage).

So, from time to time, I will try to highlight some Ethiopian role models (whether in the USA or Canada or any other country). To day, I picked Mr. Daniel W. Yohannes.

The White House press release below pretty much summarizes who Mr. Yohannes is:

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December 3, 2009 Posted by | Ethiopian Businesses, Ethiopian Careers, Ethiopian Citizenship, Ethiopian Culture, Ethiopian Education, Ethiopian History, Ethiopian Investments, Ethiopian Languages, Ethiopian Media, Ethiopian Socials, Ethiopians & Technology, Ethiopians Back Home, Ethiopians in Vancouver | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments