A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Adea, Adiya, Adiye, Hadia, Hadiya, Hadya

1,401,000, all users. L1 users: 1,250,000 (2010 UNSD). L2 users: 151,000. 595,000 monolinguals.


Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: Gurage, Hadiyya, and Kambaata zones, between Omo and Billate rivers, Hosaina town area; Oromia region: east Shewa zone.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).


Leemo, Soro. Lexical similarity: 82% with Libido [liq], 56% with Kambaata [ktb], 54% with Alaba-Kabeena [alw], 53% with Sidamo [sid].


SOV; passive, reflexive, causative, middle verbs.

Language Use

Also use Amharic [amh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 34%. Under preparation to be taught as a major at university level. Taught in primary schools in grades 1–4 as the medium of instruction, in grades 5–10 as a subject. NT: 1992.

Ethiopic script [Ethi], used in Church literature. Latin script [Latn], official usage.

Other Comments

Christian, Muslim.

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