የወፍ ቋንቋ or, The Bird Language

The language of the birds, የወፍ ቋንቋ (yewof kwankwa), is a codified version of Amharic which makes words, sentences and conversations unintelligible to untrained listeners – even more unintelligible some might say. How does it work? Let’s pick a simple … Continue reading →

Kaizen – ካይዘን

        Kaizen will most immediately bring to mind the Zen philosophy of the Zen School of Buddhism in Japan. Zen Buddhism has won a lot of converts in the west in the last few decades, with its … Continue reading →

W on top of the ወorld

    The humble letter W – or ወ in Amharic – doesn’t seem to pull its weight in dictionaries and encyclopedias, sometimes seemingly just an added page or two in which to park weary words such as wagon and … Continue reading →

Addis Ababa (& Ethiopia) at the Crossroads

The Guardian is featuring today a series of articles on Ethiopia – 30 years later: Ethiopia, 30 years after the famine Government and Geldof help transform village at center of famine Addis Ababa’s Changing Landscape And, the last to pull … Continue reading →