You say it something like this: Chigg-ger-ray-lum, or Chig-grey-lum, or Chigger-ay-lum.  Maybe you can roll that “r” in there a bit.  Say it fast and let it all blend together, but putting more emphasis on the “chig.”

It means “no problem” in Amharic.  And is my new favorite word.

If you think Ethiopia is war, famine and disease, too bad for you.  Traveling, visiting, and working here is “chigryelem.”   And you quickly learn that Ethiopia is so much more than the media reports on in the West.

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