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Counting in Lango

Language overview

Forty-two in Lango Lango (Lwo), also known as Lwoo, or Leb-Lango, is a Southern Luo dialect, the Southern Luo being a dialect cluster of Uganda and neighboring countries, formed of mutually intelligible dialects. It is spoken by the Lango people of Uganda, and counts about 2.1 million speakers.

Lango numbers list

  • 1 – acɛl
  • 2 – aryɔɔ
  • 3 – adek
  • 4 – aŋwɛn
  • 5 – abic
  • 6 – abicɛl
  • 7 – abiro
  • 8 – aboro
  • 9 – abongwɛn
  • 10 – apar
  • 11 – apar wiɛ acɛl
  • 12 – apar wiɛ aryɔɔ
  • 13 – apar wiɛ adek
  • 14 – apar wiɛ aŋwɛn
  • 15 – apar wiɛ abic
  • 16 – apar wiɛ abicɛl
  • 17 – apar wiɛ abiro
  • 18 – apar wiɛ aboro
  • 19 – apar wiɛ abongwɛn
  • 20 – pyer aryɔɔ
  • 30 – pyer adek
  • 40 – pyer aŋwɛn
  • 50 – pyer abic
  • 60 – pyer abicɛl
  • 70 – pyer abiro
  • 80 – pyer aboro
  • 90 – pyer abongwɛn
  • 100 – mia
  • 1,000 – tutumia
  • one million – milion

Lango 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: acɛl [1], aryɔɔ [2], adek [3], aŋwɛn [4], abic [5], abicɛl [6], abiro [7], aboro [8], and abongwɛn [9].
  • Tens are formed starting with the word pyer, followed by the multiplier digit separated with a space, except for ten, irregular: apar [10], pyer aryɔɔ [20], pyer adek [30], pyer aŋwɛn [40], pyer abic [50], pyer abicɛl [60], pyer abiro [70], pyer aboro [80], and pyer abongwɛn [90].
  • Compound numbers are formed starting with the ten, then the word wiɛ, and the unit separated with a space (e.g.: pyer aryɔɔ wiɛ abiro [27], pyer abic wiɛ abicɛl [56], pyer aboro wiɛ adek [83]).
  • Hundreds are formed starting with the word for hundred (mia), followed by the multiplier digit separated with a space: mia (acɛl) [100], mia aryɔɔ [200], mia adek [300], mia aŋwɛn [400], mia abic [500], mia abicɛl [600], mia abiro [700], mia aboro [800], and mia abongwɛn [900].
  • In compound hundreds, hundred and ten are linked with the word ì (e.g.: mia acɛl ì pyer aŋwɛn wiɛ abicɛl [146], mia adek ì pyer abongwɛn wiɛ abicɛl [396]).
  • Thousands are formed starting with the word for thousand (tutumia), followed by the multiplier digit separated with a space: tutumia (acɛl) [1,000], tutumia aryɔɔ [2,000], tutumia adek [3,000], tutumia aŋwɛn [4,000], tutumia abic [5,000], tutumia abicɛl [6,000], tutumia abiro [7,000], tutumia aboro [8,000], and tutumia abongwɛn [9,000].
  • Millions are formed starting with the word for million (milion), followed by the multiplier digit separated with a space: milion [1 million], milion aryɔɔ [2 millions], milion adek [3 millions]…

Write a number in full in Lango

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

Source

  • Practical Lango Grammar, by Bruno Carollo, University of Trieste (1991)

Eastern Sudanic languages

Acholi, and Lango.

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