Counting in Engála
Engála is the first constructed language designed by Jessie Sams (co-creator of Méníshè, for the Freeform series Motherland: Fort Salem) and David J. Peterson for their LangTime Studio YouTube channel, a streaming series featuring live conlang creation launched in February 2020. Engála is the language of the rabbits.
Due to lack of data, we can only count accurately up to 30 in Engála. Please contact me if you can help me counting up from that limit.
Engála numbers list
- 1 – tis
- 2 – khun
- 3 – oza
- 4 – pada
- 5 – yami
- 6 – yenís
- 7 – yenghún
- 8 – yamóza
- 9 – yemáda
- 10 – khun yami
- 11 – khun yenís
- 12 – khun yenghún
- 13 – khun yamóza
- 14 – khun yemáda
- 15 – oza yami
- 16 – oza yenís
- 17 – oza yenghún
- 18 – oza yamóza
- 19 – oza yemáda
- 20 – khumáda
- 30 – imós
Engála 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).
- As rabbits have four fingers (and five toes), the etymology of their numbers is basically: one, two, three, paw, hold, hold one, hold two, hold three, hold four, two paws, two paws hold one…
- Engála digits from one to nine are: tis , khun , oza , pada  (litterally paw), yami , yenís  (from yami-tis, hold 1), yenghún  (from yami-khun, hold 2), yamóza  (from yami-oza, hold 3), and yemáda  (from yami-pada, hold 4).
- The expression for ten is khun yami , meaning two by five.
- From eleven to fourteen, we follow the series yami, yenís, yenghún, yamóza, yemáda, loosing the etymology track: eleven is not two by six, but ten plus one. Thus, we have: khun yenís , khun yenghún , khun yamóza , and khun yemáda .
- From fifteen to nineteen, we follow the same series, starting with fifteen expressed as three by five: oza yami , oza yenís , oza yenghún , oza yamóza , and oza yemáda .
- The word for twenty is khumáda .
- From twenty-one to twenty-four, numbers are formed starting with the word for twenty, followed with the unit separated with a space: khumáda tis , khumáda khun , khumáda oza , and khumáda pada .
- The word for twenty-five is esi , litterally meaning ears.
- From twenty-six to twenty-nine, numbers are formed starting with the word for twenty-five, followed with the unit separated with a space: esi tis , esi khun , esi oza , and esi pada .
- The word for thirty is imós .
Write a number in full in Engála
Let’s move now to the practice of the numbering rules in Engála. 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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