Counting in Lombard (Milanese)
The Lombard language (Lumbaart) is a member of the Gallo-Italic group of the Romance languages family. Mainly spoken in Italy (Lombardy and Piedmont), it is also in use in Switzerland (Ticino and Grisons), and counts about 3.5 million speakers. The Milanese dialect is its Western variety, also known as Insubric.
Lombard (Milanese) numbers list
- 1 – vun
- 2 – duu
- 3 – trii
- 4 – quatter
- 5 – cinch
- 6 – ses
- 7 – sett
- 8 – vott
- 9 – noeuv
- 10 – des
- 11 – vundes
- 12 – dodes
- 13 – tredes
- 14 – quattordes
- 15 – quindes
- 16 – sedes
- 17 – dersett
- 18 – desdott
- 19 – desnoeuv
- 20 – vint
- 30 – trenta
- 40 – quaranta
- 50 – cinquanta
- 60 – sessanta
- 70 – settanta
- 80 – vottanta
- 90 – novanta
- 100 – cent
- 1,000 – mila
- one million – on milion
- one billion – on miliard
Lombard (Milanese) 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).
- Numbers from one to ten are specific words, namely vun  (feminine: vuna), duu  (feminine: dò), trii  (feminine: tré), quatter , cinch , ses , sett , vott , noeuv , and des .
- From eleven to sixteen, the number is formed from the root of the digit followed by ten: vundes , dodes , tredes , quattordes , quindes , and sedes . From seventeen to nineteen, the order is reversed, as the unit is directly put after the ten: dersett  (with a consonant change here), desdott , and desnoeuv .
- The tens have specific names based on the matching multiplier digit root except for ten and twenty: des , vint , trenta , quaranta , cinquanta , sessanta , settanta , vottanta , and novanta .
- Compound numbers are formed by juxtaposing the ten and the unit, causing an apheresis of the first letter of the unit after twenty for one and eight (e.g.: vintun , vinttrii , vintott ) and for eight only for higher tens (e.g.: trentavun , quarantott ).
- The hundreds are formed by removing the space between the multiplier and the word for hundred (cent), with some irregularities: cent , dusent , tresent , quattercent , cinchcent , ses’cent , settcent , vottcent , and noeuvcent .
- Hundreds, tens and units are linked together with no space (e.g.: centnoeuv , dusenttrenta , noeuvcentnovantanoeuv ).
- Thousands are formed by setting the multiplier digit, then a space and the word for thousand (mila), except for one thousand itself (note that thousand is feminine, hence its multipier is set in feminine gender): mila [1,000], dò mila [2,000], tré mila [3,000], quatter mila [4,000], cinch mila [5,000]…
- Groups of three digits are linked with the coordinating conjunction e (and) (e.g.: mila e cent [1,100], on milion e dusenttrentaquatter mila e cinchcentsessantasett [1,234,567]).
- One million is on milion, and one billion, on miliard.
Write a number in full in Lombard (Milanese)
Let’s move now to the practice of the numbering rules in Lombard (Milanese). 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.
- Insubric cardinal numbers (in Italian)
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