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Counting in Faroese

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Language overview

Faroese (føroyskt) is an Indo-European language that belongs to the North Germanic or Nordic branch of the Germanic languages. Official language of the Faroe Islands, it counts about 50,000 speakers.

Faroese numbering rules

  • In Faroese, the digits one to three have different gender forms depending on whether they refer to a masculine, a feminine, or a neutral noun, and they are declined too. They also have a plural form used to count items that come in pairs, such as shoes or socks, as well as plural nouns, like a married couple (eini hjún). These plural forms are einir (feminine: einar, neutral: eini), tvinnir and trinnir. While counting, however, they remain in the masculine form. The other numbers only have one form.
  • Digits and numbers from zero to twelve are specific words: null [0], ein [1] (feminine: ein, neutral: eitt), tveir [2] (feminine: tvær, neutral: tvey), tríggir [3] (feminine: tríggjar, neutral: trý), fýra [4], fimm [5], seks [6], sjey [7], átta [8], níggju [9], tíggju [10], ellivuefu [11], and tólv [12].
  • From thirteen to nineteen, the numbers are formed from the matching digits, adding a form of the word for ten (tan or tjan) at the end: trettan [13], fjúrtan [14], fimtan [15], sekstan [16], seytjan [17], átjan [18], and nítjan [19].
  • The tens are formed by adding the beginning of the word for ten (tíggju) at the end of the multiplier digit, with the exception of ten and twenty: tíggju [10], tjúgu [20], tríati [30], fýrati [40], fimmti [50], seksti [60], sjeyti [70], áttati [80], and níti [90]. A formal form of the tens from thirty to ninety is also in use where we can find a trace of a vigesimal system: tretivu [30], fjøruti [40], hálvtrýss [50] (short for hálvtrýsinstjúgu [3*20 - 20/2]), trýss [60] (short for trýsinstjúgu [3*20]), hálvfjerðs [70] (short for hálvfjerðsinstjúgu [4*20 - 20/2], where fjerðs replaces fýrs), fýrs [80] (short for fýrsinstjúgu [4*20]), and hálvfems [90] (short for hálvfemsinstjúgu [5*20 - 20/2]).
  • From twenty-one to ninety-nine, the tens and units are joined with the word og (and) but the unit being is put before the ten (e.g.: ein og tríati [31], fimm og fimmti [55]).
  • Scale numbers are nouns with a particular gender, and they have a plural form distinct from the singular one above one thousand: hundrað [100] and túsund [1,000] are neutral and invariable, millión [million] is feminine (plural form: milliónir). Being gendered, they use the matching gender form of their multiplier if it is one to three (e.g.: (eitt) hundrað [100], tvey túsund [2,000], tríggir milliónir [3 million]).
  • The word og is used to separate the numbers in groups of three digits (e.g.: ein og tjúgu [21], hundrað og ein og tjúgu [121]).

Books

An introduction to modern FaroeseAn introduction to modern Faroese
, editors DaisyMunksgaard (1964)

Numbers list

1 – ein
2 – tveir
3 – tríggir
4 – fýra
5 – fimm
6 – seks
7 – sjey
8 – átta
9 – níggju
10 – tíggju
11 – ellivu
12 – tólv
13 – trettan
14 – fjúrtan
15 – fimtan
16 – sekstan
17 – seytjan
18 – átjan
19 – nítjan
20 – tjúgu
30 – tríati
40 – fýrati
50 – fimmti
60 – seksti
70 – sjeyti
80 – áttati
90 – níti
100 – hundrað
1,000 – túsund
one million – ein millión
one billion – ein milliard

North Germanic languages

Danish, Faroese, and Norwegian (Bokmål).

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