Eastern Oromo language

Eastern Oromo is a form of Oromo language spoken in the East Hararghe Zone, West Hararghe Zone and northern Bale Zone of the Oromia Region of Ethiopia.[2]

Eastern Oromo
Eastern Oromia
Native speakers
(4.5 million[dubious ] cited 1994 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3hae

According to Ethnologue, a 1994 census reported 4,530,000 speakers of this Oromo form.[1] However, the 1994 Ethiopian national census did not break down language speakers according to dialect, although it reported 2,570,293 speakers of Oromo in those two zones.[3]


  1. ^ a b Eastern Oromo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Languages of Ethiopia", Ethnologue (accessed 7 November 2009)
  3. ^ 1994 Population and Housing Census of Ethiopia: Results for Oromia Region, Vol. 1, part 1 Archived November 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, Tables 2.15 (accessed 6 April 2009)


  • Owens, Jonathan. 1985. A grammar of Harar Oromo (Northeastern Ethiopia): including a text and a glossary. Cushitic language studies; Bd. 4) Hamburg: Buske.