Counting in Azerbaijani

Language overview

Forty-two in Azerbaijani Azerbaijani (Azərbaycan dili), also known as Azeri, belongs to the Altaic language family. Official language in Azerbaijan (with about 20 million speakers), it is also spoken in Dagestan where it is written in cyrillic script and in northwestern Iran where it is written in the Persian alphabet.

Azerbaijani numbers list

  • 1 – bir (бир)
  • 2 – iki (ики)
  • 3 – üç (үч)
  • 4 – dörd (дөрд)
  • 5 – beş (беш)
  • 6 – altı (алты)
  • 7 – yeddi (жедди)
  • 8 – səkkiz (сәккиз)
  • 9 – doqquz (доггуз)
  • 10 – on (он)
  • 11 – on bir (он бир)
  • 12 – on iki (он ики)
  • 13 – on uç (он уч)
  • 14 – on dörd (он дөрд)
  • 15 – on beş (он беш)
  • 16 – on altı (он алты)
  • 17 – on yeddi (он жедди)
  • 18 – on səkkiz (он сәккиз)
  • 19 – on doqquz (он доггуз)
  • 20 – iyirmi (ижирми)
  • 30 – otuz (отуз)
  • 40 – qırx (qырx)
  • 50 – əlli (әлли)
  • 60 – altmış (алтмыш)
  • 70 – yetmiş (жетмиш)
  • 80 – səksən (сәксән)
  • 90 – doxsan (доxсан)
  • 100 – yüz (жүз)
  • 1,000 – bir min (бир мин)
  • one million – bir milyon (бир милжон)
  • one billion – bir milyar (бир милжар)
  • one trillion – bir trilyon (бир трилжон)

Azerbaijani numbering rules

Now that you’ve had a gist of the most useful numbers, let’s move to the writing rules for the tens, the compound numbers, and why not the hundreds, the thousands and beyond (if possible).

  • Digits from zero to ten are specific words, namely sıfır (сыфыр) [0], bir (бир) [1], iki (ики) [2], üç (үч) [3], dörd (дөрд) [4], beş (беш) [5], altı (алты) [6], yeddi (жедди) [7], səkkiz (сәккиз) [8], and doqquz (доггуз) [9].
  • The tens have specific names from ten to fifty, names based on the multiplier digit root from sixty to ninety: on (он) [10], iyirmi (ижирми) [20], otuz (отуз) [30], qırx (qырx) [40], əlli (әлли) [50], altmış (алтмыш) [60], yetmiş (жетмиш) [70], səksən (сәксән) [80], and doxsan (доxсан) [90].
  • Numbers up to ninety-nine are built by spelling out the ten, then the digit (e.g.: otuz iki (отуз ики) [32], yetmiş bir (жетмиш бир) [71]). Please note that üç (үч) [3] loses its umlaut when composed within a number (e.g.: on uç (он уч) [13]).
  • Hundreds are built by stating the multiplier digit, then the word for hundred (yüz, жүз), except for one hundred itself: yüz (жүз) [100], iki yüz (ики жүз) [200], üç yüz (үч жүз) [300], dörd yüz (дөрд жүз) [400], beş yüz (беш жүз) [500], altı yüz (алты жүз) [600], yeddi yüz (жедди жүз) [700], səkkiz yüz (сәккиз жүз) [800], and doqquz yüz (доггуз жүз) [900].
  • Thousands are built by stating the multiplier digit, then the word for thousand (min, мин), except for one thousand itself: min (мин) [1,000], iki min (ики мин мин) [2,000], üç min (үч мин) [3,000], dörd min (дөрд мин) [4,000], beş min (беш мин) [5,000], altı min (алты мин) [6,000], yeddi min (жедди мин) [7,000], səkkiz min (сәккиз мин) [8,000], and doqquz min (доггуз мин) [9,000].
  • Tens of thousands use the same structure, with the exception that the ten and the unit are not separated by a space (e.g.: on altı (он алты) [16], but onaltı min (оналты мин) [16,000]).
  • Azerbaijani language uses the short scale for big numbers, where every new word greater than a million is 1,000 times bigger than the previous term. Thus, bir milyar (бир милжар) is 109 (equivalent to the US billion), and bir trilyon (бир трилжон) is 1012 (equivalent to the US trillion).

Write a number in full in Azerbaijani

Let’s move now to the practice of the numbering rules in Azerbaijani. Will you guess how to write a number in full? Enter a number and try to write it down in your head, or maybe on a piece of paper, before displaying the result.


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