Amharic is the official language of Ethiopia. Amharic is a Semitic language just like Assyrian, Arabic and Hebrew. The Ethiopic alphabet (syllabary) was adopted from Ge'ez which still today used in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
The syllabary usually represent consonant-vowel clusters. The Ethiopian alphabet known as fidel has 33 basic characters. Each character with addition of strokes has 7 possible vowel-consonant combinations. This means one needs to get familiar with 231 characters.
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Amharic vowel the sound of 'e' in her without the 'r'