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Counting in Corsican

Enter a number and get it written in full in Corsican.

Language overview

Corsican (corsu) is an indo-european language belonging to the romance group, mainly spoken in Corsica by about 250,000 speakers.

Of Corsican languages

Corsican language is divided into several mutually intelligible dialects, mainly the Northern Corsican (Bastia, Corte) and the Southern corsican (Sartene, Porto-Vecchio), as well as a transition dialect spoken in Ajaccio. It is thus considered as a linguistic continuum grouped in a Dachsprache or a standard language unifying them together.
We use here Northern Corsican where words are ending with -e or -u instead of the final -i of Southern Corsican (e.g.: déce/déci [10], miliòne/miliònu [million]).
The coordinating conjunction è (and) used between groups of numbers can cause an elision to occur (e.g.: cèntu è unu/cènt’è unu [101], mille è unu/mill’è unu [1,001]). We have chosen here the written form without elision.

Corsican numbering rules

  • Digits and numbers up to ten are specific words, namely zéru [0], unu [1], dui/duie [2], trè [3], quattru [4], cinque [5], séi [6], sétte [7], óttu [8], nóve [9], and déce [10]. From eleven to sixteen, the number is formed from the root of the digit followed by the plural form of ten: òndeci [11], dòdeci [12], trèdeci [13], quattòrdeci [14], quindeci [15], and sèdeci [16]. From seventeen to nineteen, the order is reversed, as the unit is directly put after the ten: dicessétte [17], dicióttu [18], and dicennóve [19].
  • The tens have specific names based on the matching multiplier digit root except for ten and twenty: déce [10], vinti [20], trènta [30], quaranta [40], cinquanta [50], sessanta [60], settanta [70], ottanta [80], and novanta [90].
  • Compound numbers are formed by juxtaposing the ten and the unit, causing an elision of the last vowel of the ten when the unit starts with a vowel (e.g.: vintunu [21], trèntadui [32], quarantatrè [43]).
  • The hundreds are formed by removing the space between the multiplier and the word for hundred (cèntu), except for one hundred: cèntu [100], duiecèntu [200], trecèntu [300], quattrucèntu [400], cinquecèntu [500], séicèntu [600], séttecèntu [700], óttucèntu [800], and nóvecèntu [900].
  • Hundreds and tens are linked with the coordinating conjunction è (and) between 101 and 119, 201 and 219, 301 and 319… (e.g.: cèntu è unu [101], séicèntu è trèdeci [613]), which disappears between 120 and 199, 220 and 299… (e.g.: trecèntu quaranta [340], quattrucèntu trèntadui [432]).
  • Thousands are formed the same way as hundreds: mille [1,000] (plural mila), duiemila [2,000], trèmila [3,000], quattrumila [4,000], cinquemila [5,000]…
  • Groups of three digits are linked with the same coordinating conjunction è (e.g.: mille è cèntu [1,100], un miliòne è duiecèntu trèntaquattrumila è cinquecèntu sessantasétte [1,234,567]).
  • One million is un miliòne (plural milioni), and one billion, una miliarda (plural miliarde).

Books

Guide de conversation corseGuide de conversation corse
by , editors Assimil (2010)
[Amazon.com Amazon.com]

Parlons corseParlons corse
by , editors L’Harmattan (1999)
[Amazon.com Amazon.com, Kindle - Amazon.com Kindle - Amazon.com]

Numbers list

1 – unu
2 – dui
3 – trè
4 – quattru
5 – cinque
6 – séi
7 – sétte
8 – óttu
9 – nóve
10 – déce
11 – òndeci
12 – dòdeci
13 – trèdeci
14 – quattòrdeci
15 – quindeci
16 – sèdeci
17 – dicessétte
18 – dicióttu
19 – dicennóve
20 – vinti
30 – trènta
40 – quaranta
50 – cinquanta
60 – sessanta
70 – settanta
80 – ottanta
90 – novanta
100 – cèntu
1,000 – mille
one million – un miliòne
one billion – una miliarda

Romance languages

Asturian, Catalan, Corsican, Eonavian, French, French (Belgium), French (Switzerland), Friulian, Galician, Italian, Jèrriais, Ladin, Latin, Lombard (Milanese), Occitan, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romansh, Sardinian, Spanish, Spanish (Puerto Rico), and Venetian.

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