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Counting in Mwani

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Language overview

Forty-two in Mwani Mwani (Kimwani) is a Bantu language from the Niger-Congo family. Spoken on the coast of the Cabo Delgado Province of Mozambique, it counts about 100,000 speakers.

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

Mwani numbers list

  • 1 – m’moja
  • 2 – mbire
  • 3 – natu
  • 4 – n’né
  • 5 – n’tano
  • 6 – sita
  • 7 – saba
  • 8 – nane
  • 9 – khénta
  • 10 – kumi
  • 11 – kumi na m’moja
  • 12 – kumi na mbire
  • 13 – kumi na natu
  • 14 – kumi na n’né
  • 15 – kumi na n’tano
  • 16 – kumi na sita
  • 17 – kumi na saba
  • 18 – kumi na nane
  • 19 – kumi na khénta
  • 20 – shirini
  • 30 – talatini
  • 40 – arubaine
  • 50 – amusine
  • 60 – sitine
  • 70 – sabine
  • 80 – tamanine
  • 90 – tusuine
  • 100 – mia
  • 1,000 – álufu

Mwani numbering rules

  • Digits and numbers from one to nine are specific words, namely m’moja [1], mbire [2], natu [3], n’né [4], n’tano [5], sita [6], saba [7], nane [8], and khénta [9].
  • The tens are kumi [10], shirini [20], talatini [30], arubaine [40], amusine [50], sitine [60], sabine [70], tamanine [80], and tusuine [90].
  • Compound numbers are formed by saying the ten, then the coordinator na (and), and the unit (e.g.: talatini na natu [33], tamanine na mbire [82]).
  • Hundreds are formed by setting the multiplier digit after the word for hundred (mia), except for one hundred itself: mia [100], mia mbire [200], mia natu [300], mia n’né [400], mia n’tano [500], mia sita [600], mia saba [700], mia nane [800], and mia khénta [900].
  • Thousands are formed the same way as hundreds, i.e. by setting the multiplier digit after the word for thousand (álufu), except for one thousand itself, unless compound: álufu [1,000], álufu mbire [2,000], álufu natu [3,000], álufu n’né [4,000], álufu n’tano [5,000], álufu sita [6,000], álufu saba [7,000], álufu nane [8,000], and álufu khénta [9,000].
  • Each group of numbers is linked to the others with na (and), tens and units, but also hundreds and tens, thousands and hundreds… (e.g.: mia na m’moja [101], mia sita na amusine na sita [656], álufu m’moja na mia n’né na talatini [1,430]).

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