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Counting in Alsatian

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Language overview

Alsatian (Elsässisch) is a group of Alemannic and Franconian dialects spoken in the French region of Alsace. Belonging to the Indo-European language family, and more specifically to the West Germanic group, it counts about 700,000 speakers. We describe here the dialect spoken in the region of Colmar.

Alsatian numbering rules

  • Digits and numbers from one to twelve are specific words: eins [1], zwei [2], drèï [3], viar [4], femf [5], sex [6], sewwa [7], ååcht [8], nîn [9], zeh [10], elf [11], and zwelf [12].
  • From thirteen to nineteen, the numbers are formed from the matching digits, adding the word for ten (ze(h)) at the end: drize [13], viarze [14], fùffze [15], sæchze [16], sewweze [17], åchtze [18], and nînze [19].
  • The tens are formed by adding the suffix -zig at the end of the digits, with the exception of ten: zeh [10], zwånzig [20], drissig [30], viarzig [40], fùffzig [50], sæchzig [60], sewwezig [70], åchtzig [80], and nînzig [90].
  • From twenty-one to ninety-nine, the tens and units are joined with the word a (and), but the unit is said before the ten (e.g.: einadrissig [31], femfadrissig [35]).
  • Hundred (hùnd’rt) and thousand (toisig) are not separated from the other numbers by a space (e.g.: hùnd’rteinazwånzig [121], toisigzweihùnd’rtnînze [1,219]).
  • The unit eins (one) loses its final -s when composed in a number, unless it is the only value after a scale name (e.g.: hùnd’rteins [101], toisigeins [1,001]).
  • One million is e Million (Millione in the plural form).

Books

L’alsacien pour les nulsL’alsacien pour les nuls
by , editors First Editions (2010)
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Guide de conversation alsacienGuide de conversation alsacien
by , editors Assimil (2010)
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L’alsacien de pocheL’alsacien de poche
by , editors Assimil (2004)
[Amazon.com Amazon.com]

Numbers list

1 – eins
2 – zwei
3 – drèï
4 – viar
5 – femf
6 – sex
7 – sewwa
8 – ååcht
9 – nîn
10 – zeh
11 – elf
12 – zwelf
13 – drize
14 – viarze
15 – fùffze
16 – sæchze
17 – sewweze
18 – åchtze
19 – nînze
20 – zwånzig
30 – drissig
40 – viarzig
50 – fùffzig
60 – sæchzig
70 – sewwezig
80 – åchtzig
90 – nînzig
100 – hùnd’rt
1,000 – toisig

West Germanic languages

Afrikaans, Alsatian, Bavarian, English, German, Luxembourgish, North Frisian, Pennsylvania German, Plautdietsch, Saterland Frisian, Swiss German, and West Frisian.

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