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Counting in Bambara

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Language overview

Forty-two in Bambara The Bambara language (bamanankan) belongs to the mande family. It is mainly spoken in Mali, and counts about ten million speakers.

Bambara numbers list

  • 1 – kélen
  • 2 – fila
  • 3 – sàba
  • 4 – náani
  • 5 – dúuru
  • 6 – wɔɔrɔ
  • 7 – wólonwula
  • 8 – séegin
  • 9 – k̀ɔnɔntɔn
  • 10 – tán
  • 11 – tán ní kélen
  • 12 – tán ní fila
  • 13 – tán ní sàba
  • 14 – tán ní náani
  • 15 – tán ní dúuru
  • 16 – tán ní wɔɔrɔ
  • 17 – tán ní wólonwula
  • 18 – tán ní séegin
  • 19 – tán ní k̀ɔnɔntɔn
  • 20 – mùgan
  • 30 – bísàba
  • 40 – bínaani
  • 50 – bídúuru
  • 60 – bíwɔɔrɔ
  • 70 – bíwolonfila
  • 80 – bíséegin
  • 90 – bík̀ɔnɔntɔn
  • 100 – k̀ɛmɛ
  • 1,000 – wa kélen
  • one million – mílyɔn kélen

Bambara numbering rules

  • Digits from one to nine are specific words, namely kélen [1], fila [2], sàba [3], náani [4], dúuru [5], wɔɔrɔ [6], wólonwula [7], séegin [8], and k̀ɔnɔntɔn [9].
  • Tens from thirty to ninety are built by setting the prefix before the multiplier digit: bísàba [30], bínaani [40], bídúuru [50], bíwɔɔrɔ [60], bíwolonfila [70], bíséegin [80], and bík̀ɔnɔntɔn [90]. Ten and twenty have specific names: tán [10] and mùgan [20].
  • Hundreds, thousands and millions are constructed by setting the multiplier digit after the matching scale word, either k̀ɛmɛ for hundred, wa for thousand, or mílyɔn for million. This way, we get k̀ɛmɛ [100] (without multiplier unit), k̀ɛmɛ fila [200], k̀ɛmɛ sàba [300], k̀ɛmɛ náani [400], k̀ɛmɛ dúuru [500], k̀ɛmɛ wɔɔrɔ [600]… wa kélen [1,000], wa fila [2,000], wa sàba [3,000], wa náani [4,000]… and mílyɔn kélen [one million], mílyɔn fila [two million]…
  • Each group of numbers is linked to the others with (and), tens and units, but also hundreds and tens, thousands and hundreds… (e.g.: mùgan ní sàba [23], k̀ɛmɛ ní bídúuru [150], wa kélen ní k̀ɛmɛ fila ní bísàba ní náani [1,234]).

Books

The History of the N’ko Alphabet and Its Role in Mande Transnational Identity: Words as WeaponsThe History of the N’ko Alphabet and Its Role in Mande Transnational Identity: Words as Weapons
by , editors Africana Homestead Legacy Publishers (2007)
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Grammaire fondamentale du bambaraGrammaire fondamentale du bambara
by , editors Karthala (2003)
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J’apprends le bambaraJ’apprends le bambara
by , editors Karthala (2000)
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Mande languages

Bambara, Mandinka, Soninke, and Susu.

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