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Counting in Garifuna

Language overview

Forty-two in Garifuna The Garifuna language (Karif) belongs to the Arawakan language family. Spoken by the Garifuna people in Central America, especially in Honduras, Guatemala (where it is recognised as a minority language), Belize, and Nicaragua, the Garifuna language counts about 190,000 speakers.

Garifuna numbers list

  • 1 – aban
  • 2 – biñá
  • 3 – ürüwa
  • 4 – gádürü
  • 5 – seingü
  • 6 – sisi
  • 7 – sedü
  • 8 – widü
  • 9 – nefu
  • 10 – dîsi
  • 11 – ûnsu
  • 12 – dûsu
  • 13 – tareisi
  • 14 – katorsu
  • 15 – keinsi
  • 16 – dîsisi
  • 17 – dîsedü
  • 18 – dísiwidü
  • 19 – dísinefu
  • 20 – wein
  • 30 – darandi
  • 40 – biama wein
  • 50 – dimí san
  • 60 – ürüwa wein
  • 70 – ürüwa wein dîsi
  • 80 – gádürü wein
  • 90 – gádürü wein dîsi
  • 100 – san
  • 1,000 – milu
  • one million – míñonu
  • one billion – milu míñonu

Garifuna numbering rules

  • Digits from zero to nine are rendered by specific words with at least three distinct origins: Arawak for one and two, Carib or Kali’na for three, and French for four and above. These digits are: gararaguati [0], aban [1] (from the Arawak aba), biñá (or biama when compound) [2] (from the Arawak bian), ürüwa [3] (from the Kali’na oruwa), gádürü [4], seingü [5], sisi [6], sedü [7], widü [8], and nefu [9].
  • Tens follow a full vigesimal system, still related to French: dîsi [10], wein [20], darandi [30], biama wein [40] (two twenty), dimí sa [50] (half-hundred), ürüwa wein [60] (three twenty), ürüwa wein dîsi [70] (three twenty ten), gádürü wein [80] (four twenty), and gádürü wein dîsi [90] (four twenty ten).
  • Teens are closely-related to French teens too: ûnsu [11], dûsu [12], tareisi [13], katorsu [14], keinsi [15], dîsisi or disisisi [16], dîsedü or disisedü [17], dísiwidü [18], and dísinefu [19].
  • Compound numbers are formed starting with the ten, followed by the unit separated with a space (e.g.: wein sedü [27]), or mixed with the teen (e.g.: ürüwa wein keinsi [75]).
  • Hundreds are formed starting with the multiplier digit before the word for hundred (san), except for one hundred: san [100], biama san [200], ürüwa san [300], gádürü san [400], seingü san [500], sisi san [600], sedü san [700], widü san [800], and nefu san [900].
  • Thousands are formed starting with the multiplier digit before the word for thousand (milu), except for one thousand: milu [1,000], biama milu [2,000], ürüwa milu [3,000], gádürü milu [4,000], seingü milu [5,000], sisi milu [6,000], sedü milu [7,000], widü milu [8,000], and nefu milu [9,000].
  • The word for million is míñonu [1 million], and one billion is milu míñonu, or a thousand million.

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Books

Learn Garifuna Now!Learn Garifuna Now!
by , editors CreateSpace (2017)
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The Garifuna, A nation across borders: Essays in Social AnthropologyThe Garifuna, A nation across borders: Essays in Social Anthropology
by , editors Cubola (2005)
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¡Aprenda Garifuna ahora!¡Aprenda Garifuna ahora!
by , editors CreateSpace (2017)
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Sources

  • Conversemos en garífuna, by Salvador Suazo, Editorial Guaymuras, 2002 (in Spanish)

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Garifuna, and Kali’na.

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