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Counting in Tswana

Language overview

Forty-two in Tswana The Tswana language (SeTswana) belongs to the Niger–Congo languages family, and more specifically to the Bantu branch. It is official in Botswana, and also spoken in South Africa (where it is co-oficial with ten other languages: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu), in Zimbabwe (where it is co-official with fifteen other languages: Chewa, Chibarwe, English, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, sign language, Sotho, Tonga, Xhosa and Venda) and semi-official in Namibia (alongside Afrikaans, German, Herero, Khoekhoe, Kwangali, Ovambo, and Lozi, besides the official language, English). SeTswana counts about 4 million speakers.

Tswana numbers list

  • 1 – nngwe
  • 2 – pedi
  • 3 – tharo
  • 4 – nne
  • 5 – tlhano
  • 6 – thataro
  • 7 – supa
  • 8 – robedi
  • 9 – robongwe
  • 10 – lesome
  • 11 – lesomenngwe
  • 12 – lesomepedi
  • 13 – lesometharo
  • 14 – lesomenne
  • 15 – lesometlhano
  • 16 – lesomethataro
  • 17 – lesomesupa
  • 18 – lesomerobedi
  • 19 – lesomerobongwe
  • 20 – masome a mabedi
  • 30 – masome a tharo
  • 40 – masome a mane
  • 50 – masome a matlhano
  • 60 – masome a thataro
  • 70 – masome a supa
  • 80 – masome a robedi
  • 90 – masome a robongwe
  • 100 – lekgolo
  • 1,000 – sekete
  • one million – milione
  • one billion – bilione
  • one trillion – terilione

Tswana numbering rules

  • Digits from zero to nine are rendered by specific words, namely lefela [0], nngwe [1], pedi [2], tharo [3], nne [4], tlhano [5], thataro or tshela [6], supa [7], robedi [8], and robongwe [9].
  • Tens are formed by stating the plural form of the ten word (masome, plural of lesome), followed by the word a, then the multiplier digit prefixed by ma-, except for ten itself: lesome [10], masome a mabedi [20], masome a tharo [30], masome a mane [40], masome a mathlano [50], masome a thataro [60], masome a supa [70], masome a robedi [80], and masome a robongwe [90].
  • Compound numbers are formed by stating the ten, then the unit separated with a space (e.g.: masome a mabedi supa [27], masome a supa tlhano [75]).
  • Hundreds are formed by stating the plural form of the hundred word (makgolo, plural of lekgolo), followed by the word a, then the multiplier digit, except for one hundred: lekgolo [100], makgolo a mabedi [200], makgolo a tharo [300], makgolo a nne [400], makgolo a thlano [500], makgolo a thataro [600], makgolo a supa [700], makgolo a robedi [800], and makgolo a robongwe [900].
  • Thousands are formed by stating the plural form of the thousand word (dikete, plural of sekete), followed by the word tse, then the multiplier digit, except for one thousand: lekgolo [1,000], dikete tse pedi [2,000], dikete tse tharo [3,000], dikete tse nne [4,000], dikete tse thlano [5,000], dikete tse thataro [6,000], dikete tse supa [7,000], dikete tse robedi [8,000], and dikete tse robongwe [9,000].
  • Higher scale numbers are: milione (106, million), bilione (109, billion), terilione (1012, trillion), kwatirilione (1015, quadrillion), kwintilione (1018, quintillion)…

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Books

Learning Setswana Module 1 - 6Learning Setswana Module 1 - 6
by , editors Mavis Segomoco Boshwaen (2017)
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Compact Setswana Dictionary: English-Setswana, Setswana-EnglishCompact Setswana Dictionary: English-Setswana, Setswana-English
by , editors Shuter & Shooter (1994)
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Sources

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