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Counting in Oromo

Language overview

Forty-two in Oromo Language belonging to the Cushitic family, Oromo (also known as Afaan Oromoo or Oromiffa), is spoken by the Oromo people, mainly in Ethiopia, but also in Kenya and Somalia. It counts about 35 million speakers, hence the third most spoken language in Africa.

Due to lack of data, we can only count accurately up to 1,000 in Oromo. Please contact me if you can help me counting up from that limit.

Oromo numbers list

  • 1 – tokko
  • 2 – lama
  • 3 – sadi
  • 4 – afur
  • 5 – shan
  • 6 – jaya
  • 7 – torba
  • 8 – saddeet
  • 9 – sagal
  • 10 – khudan
  • 11 – khuda-tokko
  • 12 – khuda-lama
  • 13 – khuda-sadi
  • 14 – khuda-afur
  • 15 – khuda-shan
  • 16 – khuda-jaya
  • 17 – khuda-torba
  • 18 – khuda-saddeet
  • 19 – khuda-sagal
  • 20 – digdama
  • 30 – soddoma
  • 40 – afurtama
  • 50 – shantama
  • 60 – jaatama
  • 70 – torbatama
  • 80 – saddeetama
  • 90 – sagaltama
  • 100 – dhibba
  • 1,000 – kuma

Oromo numbering rules

  • Digits from zero to nine are specific words, namely duwwa [0], tokko [1], lama [2], sadi [3], afur [4], shan [5], jaya [6], torba [7], saddeet [8], and sagal [9].
  • The tens are formed by adding the suffix -(a)tama to the matching multiplier digit root, with the exception of ten, twenty and thirty: khudan [10], digdama [20], soddoma [30], afurtama [40], shantama [50], jaatama [60], torbatama [70], saddeetama [80], and sagaltama [90].
  • Composed numbers from eleven to ninety-one are constructed by saying the modified ten first, followed by the digit separated with a hyphen. The composed ten either looses its ending -n (khudan [10] gives khuda-tokko [11]) or sees its ending modified from -a to -ii (digdama [20] gives digdamii-lama [22]).
  • The word for hundred is dhibba, and the word for thousand is kuma.

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Books

Parlons oromo : une langue de la corne de l’AfriqueParlons oromo : une langue de la corne de l’Afrique
by , editors L’Harmattan (2006)
[Amazon.com Amazon.com]

Cushitic languages

Oromo, and Somali.

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