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Counting in Luxembourgish

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Language overview

Luxembourgish (Lëtzebuergesch) is an Indo-European, West Central German language, which belongs to the group of Moselle Franconian dialects. Co-official language in Luxembourg with French and German, but also spoken in the surounding areas in Belgium, France and Germany, it counts about 390,000 speakers.

Luxembourgish numbering rules

  • Digits and numbers from zero to twelve are specific words: null [0], eent [1], zwee [2], dräi [3], véier [4], fënnef [5], sechs [6], siwen [7], aacht [8], néng [9], zéng [10], elef [11], and zwielef [12].
  • From thirteen to nineteen, the numbers are formed from the matching digits, adding the -zéng (ten) suffix at the end: dräizéng [13], véierzéng [14], fofzéng [15], siechzéng [16], siwwenzéng [17], uechtzéng [18], and nonzéng [19].
  • The tens are formed by adding the -zeg suffix at the end of the multiplier digit root, with the exception of ten, quite obviously: zéng [10], zwanzeg [20], drësseg [30], véierzeg [40], fofzeg [50], sechzeg [60], siwwenzeg [70], achtzeg [80], and nonzeg [90].
  • From twenty-one to ninety-nine, the tens and units are joined with the an (and) word, but the unit is said before the ten, and with no space (e.g.: eenandrësseg [31], fënnefandrësseg [35]).
  • Hundred (honnert) and thousand (dausend) are not separated from the other numbers by a space (eg. honnerteenanzwanzeg [121], dausendzweehonnertnonzéng [1,219]). They also share the fact that they are both adjectives, so their first letter is not uppercased, and they do not imply the declension of their multiplier if any.
  • The digit one, invariable under its form eent, is declined before a nominal group. It thus becomes een before a masculine or neuter noun, and eng before a feminine noun (e.g.: eng Millioun [1 million]). Two, as well invariable under its form zwéin, is declined in zwou before a feminine noun (e.g.: zwou Milliounen [2 million]), and in zwee before a neuter noun.
  • The Luxemburgish language uses the long scale for big numbers where every new word greater than a million is one million times bigger than the previous term. Thus, eng Milliard is 109 (the US billion), and eng Billion (1012) worths a thousand US billions. Big scale numbers from 109 are all feminine (Milliard, Billion, Billiard…).

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Numbers list

1 – eent
2 – zwee
3 – dräi
4 – véier
5 – fënnef
6 – sechs
7 – siwen
8 – aacht
9 – néng
10 – zéng
11 – elef
12 – zwielef
13 – dräizéng
14 – véierzéng
15 – fofzéng
16 – siechzéng
17 – siwwenzéng
18 – uechtzéng
19 – nonzéng
20 – zwanzeg
30 – drësseg
40 – véierzeg
50 – fofzeg
60 – sechzeg
70 – siwwenzeg
80 – achtzeg
90 – nonzeg
100 – honnert
1,000 – dausend
one million – eng Millioun
one billion – eng Milliard
one trillion – eng Billion

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