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Counting in Bavarian

Language overview

Forty-two in Bavarian Bavarian language (Boarisch), also known as Austro-Bavarian, is a group of Upper German languages of the Indo-European family. Comprised of three main dialect groups (Northern Bavarian, Central Bavarian and Southern Bavarian), it is spoken in Bavaria (Germany) and in some parts of Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Hungary. It counts about 13.25 million speakers.

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

Bavarian numbers list

  • 1 – oas
  • 2 – zwoa
  • 3 – drei
  • 4 – fiare
  • 5 – fimfe
  • 6 – sechse
  • 7 – sieme
  • 8 – åchte
  • 9 – neine
  • 10 – zene
  • 11 – öife
  • 12 – zwöife
  • 13 – dreizea
  • 14 – fiazea
  • 15 – fuchzea
  • 16 – sechzea
  • 17 – sibzea
  • 18 – åchzea
  • 19 – neizea
  • 20 – zwånzge
  • 30 – dreißge
  • 40 – fiazge
  • 50 – fuchzge
  • 60 – sechzge
  • 70 – sibzge
  • 80 – åchtzge
  • 90 – neinzge
  • 100 – hundad
  • 1,000 – dausnd

Bavarian 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 and numbers from one to twelve are specific words: oas [1], zwoa [2], drei [3], fiare [4], fimfe [5], sechse [6], sieme [7], åchte [8], neine [9], zene [10], öife [11], and zwöife [12].
  • From thirteen to nineteen, the numbers are formed from the matching digits, adding a form of the word for ten (zea, from zene) at the end: dreizea [13], fiazea [14], fuchzea [15], sechzea [16], sibzea [17], åchzea [18], and neizea [19].
  • The tens are formed by adding the suffix zge at the end of the multiplier digit, with the exception of ten and twenty: zene [10], zwånzge [20], dreißge [30], fiazge [40], fuchzge [50], sechzge [60], sibzge [70], åchtzge [80], and neinzge [90].
  • From twenty-one to ninety-nine, the tens and units are joined with the a (and) word with no space, the unit being said before the ten with some changes in the digit, as we can see in the following twenties: oanazwånzge [21], zwoarazwånzge [22], dreiazwånzge [23], fiarazwånzge [24], fimfazwånzge [25], sechsazwånzge [26], simmazwånzge [27], åchtazwånzge [28], and neinazwånzge [29].
  • The hundreds are formed by joigning the multiplier digit before the word for hundred (hundad), except for one hundred itself: hundad [100], zwoahundad [200], dreihundad [300], fiahundad [400], fimfhundad [500], sechshundad [600], simhundad [700], åchthundad [800], and neihundad [900].
  • The word for thousand is dausnd.

Write a number in full in Bavarian

Let’s move now to the practice of the numbering rules in Bavarian. 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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