If you just want to poke around Amharic a little bit, have fun with the language, and see some interesting visuals, you might want to start out with this blog, Road to Ethiopia, written by a student of Amharic language.
[Amharic is one of the three major languages of Ethiopia along with Oromo in the south and Tigrigna in the north. It’s also the official governmental language of Ethiopia.]
Image (above): Ethiopian coffee ritual with charcoal burner and incense, woman has traditional braids and is wearing traditional white dress with woven border, painted on leather.
Here are the more utilitarian links:
Dictionary of the Amharic Language by Charles William Isenberg (1841) (google books)
Basic Amharic Dictionary: Amharic-English, English-Amharic. Leslau, Wolf (1970) (Free download.) (pdf) 672 pages. Click *ERIC Full Text * to start download
Online Amharic-English dictionary with search box
Amharic keyboard and font to download (scroll down for font)
(to start using font, close the browser and open again; this website has an Amharic “welcome” message you will be able to see if your font is working)
Dead-tree Amharic dictionaries on Amazon
Concise Amharic Dictionary (Paperback) by Wolf Leslau (see free download above)
Amharic English, English Amharic Dictionary: A Modern Dictionary of the Amharic Language (Paperback) by Endale Zenawi
Information about Amharic
Road to Ethiopia, blog written by a student of Amharic language
Image below: Ethiopian leather healing scroll, for curing disease. The initial image on the scroll is the archangel Micheal with his sword, a very popular motif in Ethiopian religious art. The language is probably Geez, used only for religious purposes.