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Counting in Volapük

Language overview

Forty-two in Volapük Volapük, from vol (world) and pük (language), is a constructed language, and more specifically an international auxiliary language, created in 1879 by Johann Martin Schleyer, in Germany.

Volapük numbers list

  • 1 – bal
  • 2 – tel
  • 3 – kil
  • 4 – fol
  • 5 – lul
  • 6 – mäl
  • 7 – vel
  • 8 – jöl
  • 9 – zül
  • 10 – deg
  • 11 – deg bal
  • 12 – deg tel
  • 13 – deg kil
  • 14 – deg fol
  • 15 – deg lul
  • 16 – deg mäl
  • 17 – deg vel
  • 18 – deg jöl
  • 19 – deg zül
  • 20 – teldeg
  • 30 – kildeg
  • 40 – foldeg
  • 50 – luldeg
  • 60 – mäldeg
  • 70 – veldeg
  • 80 – jöldeg
  • 90 – züldeg
  • 100 – tum
  • 1,000 – mil
  • one million – balion
  • one trillion – telion
  • one quintillion – kilion

Volapük numbering rules

  • Digits from zero to nine are rendered by specific words: ser [0], bal [1], tel [2], kil [3], fol [4], lul [5], mäl [6], vel [7], jöl [8], and zül [9].
  • The tens are formed by prefixing the word for ten (deg) with its multiplier digit, except for ten itself: deg [10], teldeg [20], kildeg [30], foldeg [40], luldeg [50], mäldeg [60], veldeg [70], jöldeg [80], and züldeg [90].
  • The hundreds are formed like the tens, i.e. by prefixing the word for hundred (tum) with its multiplier digit, except for one hundred itself: tum [100], teltum [200], kiltum [300], foltum [400]…
  • The thousands are formed like the tens and the hundreds, i.e. by prefixing the word for thousand (mil) with its multiplier digit, except for one thousand itself: mil [1,000], telmil [2,000], kilmil [3,000], folmil [4,000]…
  • Compound numbers are formed by stating the biggest number first, and going down the scale to the lower, separating them by a space (e.g.: deg tel [12], foltum luldeg mäl [456], telmil kiltum teldeg lul [2,325]).
  • Higher scale numbers follow the long scale numbers rule in which every new term greater than one million is one million times the previous term: balion [1 million] (106), telion [1 trillion] (1012), kilion [1 quintillion] (1018).

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Books

Grammar of VolapükGrammar of Volapük
by , editors Nabu Press (2010)
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Comprehensive Volapük GrammarComprehensive Volapük Grammar
by , editors BiblioLife (2009)
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