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Counting in Lule Sami

Language overview

Forty-two in Lule Sami Lule Sámi (julevsámegiella) belongs to the Uralic family, in the Finno-Ugric group. It is spoken by the Lule Sami of Sweden and Norway along the Lule River and in the Norwegian county of Nordland, by about 2,000 speakers.

Due to lack of data, we can only count accurately up to 100 in Lule Sami. Please contact me if you can help me counting up from that limit.

Lule Sami numbers list

  • 1 – akta
  • 2 – guokta
  • 3 – gålmmå
  • 4 – niellja
  • 5 – vihtta
  • 6 – guhtta
  • 7 – gietjav
  • 8 – gáktsa
  • 9 – aktse
  • 10 – lågev
  • 11 – lågenanakta
  • 12 – lågenanguokta
  • 13 – lågenangålmmå
  • 14 – lågenanniellja
  • 15 – lågenanvihtta
  • 16 – lågenanguhtta
  • 17 – lågenangietjav
  • 18 – lågenangáktsa
  • 19 – lågenanaktse
  • 20 – guoktalåhke
  • 30 – gålmmålåhke
  • 40 – njielljalåhke
  • 50 – vihttalåhke
  • 60 – guhttalåhke
  • 70 – gietjavlåhke
  • 80 – gáktsalåhke
  • 90 – aktselåhke
  • 100 – tjuohte

Lule Sami 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: akta [1], guokta [2], gålmmå [3], niellja [4], vihtta [5], guhtta [6], gietjav [7], gáktsa [8], and aktse [9].
  • Tens are formed starting with the multiplier digit, directly followed by a form of the word for ten (låhke), with no space, except for ten itself: lågev [10], guoktalåhke [20], gålmmålåhke [30], njielljalåhke [40], vihttalåhke [50], guhttalåhke [60], gietjavlåhke [70], gáktsalåhke [80], and aktselåhke [90].
  • Numbers from eleven to nineteen are formed starting with a form of the word for ten (lågenan), directly followed by the unit with no space: lågenanakta [11], lågenanguokta [12], lågenangålmmå [13], lågenanniellja [14], lågenanvihtta [15], lågenanguhtta [16], lågenangietjav [17], lågenangáktsa [18], and lågenanaktse [19].
  • Compound numbers above twenty are formed starting with the ten without its final -e, nor the h of låhke, directly followed by the unit with no space (e.g.: guoktalåkguokta [22], gietjavlåkgáktsa [78]).
  • The word for hundred is tjuohte [100].

Write a number in full in Lule Sami

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