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Counting in Mandinka

Language overview

Forty-two in Mandinka The Mandinka language (Mandingo, لغة مندنكا) belongs to the mande family. It is spoken in Mali, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau and Chad, and counts about 1.3 million speakers. This language can be written in Latin, Arabic and N’Ko alphabet.

Due to lack of data, this program can only count accurately up to 9,999 in Mandinka. Please contact me if you can help me counting up from that limit.

Mandinka numbers list

  • 1 – kiliŋ
  • 2 – fula
  • 3 – saba
  • 4 – naani
  • 5 – luulu
  • 6 – wooro
  • 7 – worowula
  • 8 – sey
  • 9 – kononto
  • 10 – taŋ
  • 11 – taŋ niŋ kiliŋ
  • 12 – taŋ niŋ fula
  • 13 – taŋ niŋ saba
  • 14 – taŋ niŋ naani
  • 15 – taŋ niŋ luulu
  • 16 – taŋ niŋ wooro
  • 17 – taŋ niŋ worowula
  • 18 – taŋ niŋ sey
  • 19 – taŋ niŋ kononto
  • 20 – muwaŋ
  • 30 – taŋ saba
  • 40 – taŋ naani
  • 50 – taŋ luulu
  • 60 – taŋ wooro
  • 70 – taŋ worowula
  • 80 – taŋ sey
  • 90 – taŋ konoto
  • 100 – keme kiliŋ
  • 1,000 – wuli kiliŋ

Mandinka numbering rules

  • Digits from one to nine are specific words, namely kiliŋ [1], fula [2], saba [3], naani [4], luulu [5], wooro [6], worowula [7], sey [8], and kononto [9].
  • Tens are formed by setting the word for ten (taŋ) before the multiplier digit, separated with a space, with the exception of ten and twenty: taŋ [10], muwaŋ [20], taŋ saba [30], taŋ naani [40], taŋ luulu [50], taŋ wooro [60], taŋ worowula [70], taŋ sey [80], and taŋ konoto [90].
  • Hundreds are formed by setting the multiplier digit after the word for hundred (keme), separated with a space: keme kiliŋ (or simply keme) [100], keme fula [200], keme saba [300], keme naani [400], keme luulu [500], keme wooro [600], keme worowula [700], keme sey [800], and keme kononto [900].
  • Thousands are formed the same way as hundreds, ie. by setting the multiplier digit after the word for thousand (wuli), separated with a space: wuli kiliŋ (or wulikiliŋ) [1,000], wuli fula [2,000], wuli saba [3,000], wuli naani [4,000], wuli luulu [5,000], wuli wooro [6,000], wuli worowula [7,000], wuli sey [8,000], and wuli kononto [9,000].
  • Each group of numbers is linked to the others with the word niŋ (and), tens and units, but also hundreds and tens, thousands and hundreds… (e.g.: muwaŋ niŋ saba [23], keme kiliŋ niŋ taŋ luulu [150], wuli kiliŋ niŋ keme fula niŋ taŋ saba niŋ naani [1,234]).

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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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Parlons MandinkaParlons Mandinka
by , editors L’Harmattan (2003)
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Mande languages

Bambara, Mandinka, Soninke, and Susu.

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