Selam Alem Ge'ez based online language tools Selam Alem Ge'ez based online language tools

Selam Alem announces new Geez iPhone Apps

Today’s fast moving web world and computing in general is the domain of Western languages, and in particular English. Most other languages are second class citizens as a majority of the internet is heavily skewed toward the Latin based scripts.

Our editors were in contact with Selam Alem, an innovative private company with the mission to encourage the use of Ge’ez based languages online. The entrepreneurial company announced the release of its latest product on Thursday.

The company’s first software was called Geezr, a simple and easy way to compose documents in African languages like Tigrinya, Tigre, and Amharic on the web.

Ge’ez is the only indigenous African script still in use today and the root script for Tigre, a language used only in Eritrea, Tigrinya, a language used in Eritrea and in some parts of Ethiopia, and Amharic the official language of Ethiopia.

The company’s products envision a world where interaction with the world of computers will be as easy in Ge’ez based languages as it is in English.

Selam alem literally means “peaceful world” in Tigrinya, one of the languages of Eritrea, however, it can be loosely translated to mean “Hello world.” The “Hello world” program is typically one of the first programs taught to novice programmers.

Selam Alem distributes four language applications, three for mobile devices and one for non-mobile devices. The non-mobile device is called Geezr for Chrome, a free extension for Google’s Chrome browser, allowing users to write in the supported Ge’ez languages Tigrinya, Tigre, and Amharic on the internet.

The new products on offer are exclusively for iOS and are called Geezr for iOS, Tigrinya/Tigre for iOS, and Amharic for iOS.

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The latter two apps are available for $4.99 in the US app store, but prices vary depending on whether you are in Europe, Africa, Australia or China. Both provide a keyboard for their respective languages and each keyboard enables the entry of the full range of characters in the alphabet including Ge’ez numerals.

Finally, Selam Alem’s free Geezr for iOS enables the user to install a font so that they can read Ge’ez in almost any app (including for example an SMS sent in Tigrinya by a user with Tigrinya/Tigre for iOS).

All the company’s apps are available through their respective stores like Apple App Store US, and fully browse-able through the catalog at https://www.selamalem.com.

Selam Alem has been providing tools to use Ge’ez online since 2007 and can be contacted directly via its website.

By Editorial Team

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