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Counting in Kirmanjki

Language overview

Forty-two in Kirmanjki Kirmanjki, or Northern Zaza, is a western Iranian language. Spoken by the Zazas of Turkey, it is grouped under the macro-language Zaza, and counts about 140,000 speakers.

Kirmanjki numbers list

  • 1 – yew
  • 2 – di
  • 3 – hîrê
  • 4 – çar
  • 5 – panc
  • 6 – şeş
  • 7 – hewt
  • 8 – heşt
  • 9 – new
  • 10 – des
  • 11 – yewendes
  • 12 – diwês
  • 13 – hîrês
  • 14 – çarês
  • 15 – pancês
  • 16 – şîyês
  • 17 – hewtês
  • 18 – heştês
  • 19 – newês
  • 20 – vîst
  • 30 – hîris
  • 40 – çewres
  • 50 – pancas
  • 60 – şeştî
  • 70 – hewtay
  • 80 – heştay
  • 90 – neway
  • 100 – se
  • 1,000 – hezar

Kirmanjki 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 one to nine are rendered by specific words, namely yew [1], di [2], hîrê [3], çar [4], panc [5], şeş [6], hewt [7], heşt [8], and new [9].
  • Numbers from eleven to nineteen are formed starting with the unit suffixed with a form of the word for ten (des), except for eleven: yewendes [11], diwês [12], hîrês [13], çarês [14], pancês [15], şîyês [16], hewtês [17], heştês [18], and newês [19].
  • Tens are quite irregular, but formed on the multiplier root for thirty and forty, and by suffixing the multiplier digit from fifty on: des [10], vîst [20], hîris [30], çewres [40], pancas [50], şeştî [60], hewtay [70], heştay [80], and neway [90].
  • Compound numbers are formed starting with the ten, then the conjunction û (and), and the unit separated with spaces (e.g.: vîst u panc [25], hîris û heşt [38], hewtay û yew [71]).
  • Hundreds are formed starting with the multiplier digit, followed by the word for hundred (se, plural sey), separated with a space, except for one hundred itself: se [100], di sey [200], hîrê sey [300], çar sey [400], panc sey [500], ses sey [600], hewt sey [700], heşt sey [800], and new sey [900].
  • The word for thousand is hezar (plural: hezarî).
  • The word for million is milyonêk (plural: milyonî).

Write a number in full in Kirmanjki

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

Books

Zazaki / Kirmancki Kurdish Zazaki / Kirmancki Kurdish
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Kirmanjki, Northern Kurdish, and Persian.

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