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Geʿez Language Course – Level I


This course offers a general introduction to the history of the Geʿez language, and its role in the Orthodox Tewahedo Tradition. It also discusses the “ten basics” of Geʿez (አስሩ መራሕያን) and their function to determine the forms of verbs as masculine or feminine, and singular or plural. In addition, the course addresses different parts of speech such as nouns, prepositions, pronouns, verbs (i.e., types of verbs and their natures), conjunctions and adverbs. Lastly, the course introduces clauses (dependent and independent), and various types of sentences based on their structural and functional classification.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • discuss the role of Geʿez language to understand the Orthodox Tewahedo Tradition. 
  • identify the “ten basics” of Geʿez (አስሩ መራሕያን) and apply them in different contexts. 
  • categorize clauses as dependent and independent 
  • analyse sentence structure and point out different parts of speech in the sentence. 



Students are expected to participate in all course activities, both by being present and playing an active role in scheduled course sessions, and by completing assignments to be done outside of scheduled lessons. If participants miss lessons, they may be required to do extra assignments in order to fulfil the participation requirements of the course. 80% attendance and participation (including completion of assignments) are required for the course to be considered to have been completed.


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Quick Facts

Length: 1 year

Study Pace: 50%

Type of Instruction: Distance learning
Language of Instruction: Ge’ez, Tigrigna, Amharic

Level: Seminary

Organizer: Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola

In addition to the requirements stated in the course description, all students need to be at least 18 year old, be officially registered in Sweden and have a sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction.

Fees: Tuition at Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola is free for everyone who is registered (“folkbokförda”) in Sweden.

Service Fees at Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola: 

Students are required to pay a service fee. The service fee for this course is SEK 400 per semester.