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Counting in Nigerian Fulfulde

Language overview

Forty-two in Nigerian Fulfulde The Nigerian Fulfulde language belongs to the Senegambian languages of the Niger–Congo language family. This fula dialect is mostly spoken in Nigeria, but also in Cameroon and Chad. Language of the Fulani ethnic groups, it is also a lingua franca even though it is mostly used in the family circle. The Nigerian Fulfulde language counts about 14.5 millions speakers. It is written in the Latin alphabet since 2003, and in the Arabic alphabet since 2011.

Due to lack of data, we can only count accurately up to 9,999 in Nigerian Fulfulde. Please contact me if you can help me counting up from that limit.

Nigerian Fulfulde numbers list

  • 1 – go’o
  • 2 – ɗiɗi
  • 3 – tati
  • 4 – nayi
  • 5 – jowi
  • 6 – joweego
  • 7 – joweeɗiɗi
  • 8 – joweetati
  • 9 – joweenayi
  • 10 – sappo
  • 11 – sappo e go’o
  • 12 – sappo e ɗiɗi
  • 13 – sappo e tati
  • 14 – sappo e nayi
  • 15 – sappo e jowi
  • 16 – sappo e joweego
  • 17 – sappo e joweeɗiɗi
  • 18 – sappo e joweetati
  • 19 – sappo e joweenayi
  • 20 – cappanɗe ɗiɗi
  • 30 – cappanɗe tati
  • 40 – cappanɗe nayi
  • 50 – cappanɗe jowi
  • 60 – cappanɗe joweegoo
  • 70 – cappanɗe joweeɗiɗi
  • 80 – cappanɗe joweetati
  • 90 – cappanɗe joweenayi
  • 100 – teemerre
  • 1,000 – ujunerre
  • one million – dubuure

Nigerian Fulfulde 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 up to five, and based on five above: go’o [1], ɗiɗi [2], tati [3], nayi [4], jowi [5], joweego [6] (5+1), joweeɗiɗi [7] (5+2), joweetati [8] (5+3), and joweenayi [9] (5+4).
  • Tens are formed starting with the word cappanɗe, then the multiplier digit separated with a space, except for ten: sappo [10], cappanɗe ɗiɗi [20], cappanɗe tati [30], cappanɗe nayi [40], cappanɗe jowi [50], cappanɗe joweego [60], cappanɗe joweeɗiɗi [70], cappanɗe joweetati [80], and cappanɗe joweenayi [90].
  • Compound numbers are formed starting with the ten, then the unit linked with the conjunction e (e.g.: cappanɗe ɗiɗi e go’o [21], cappanɗe jowi e joweego [56]).
  • Hundreds are formed starting with the plural form of the word for hundred (teemerre in singular; teemeɗɗe in plural), followed by the multiplier digit separated with a space, except for one hundred: teemerre [100], teemeɗɗe ɗiɗi [200], teemeɗɗe tati [300], teemeɗɗe nayi [400], teemeɗɗe jowi [500], teemeɗɗe joweego [600], teemeɗɗe joweeɗiɗi [700], teemeɗɗe joweetati [800], and teemeɗɗe joweenayi [900].
  • Thousands are formed starting with the plural form of the word for thousand (ujunerre in singular; ujune in plural), followed by the multiplier digit separated with a space, except for one thousand: ujunerre [1,000], ujune ɗiɗi [2,000], ujune tati [3,000], ujune nayi [4,000], ujune jowi [5,000], ujune joweego [6,000], ujune joweeɗiɗi [7,000], ujune joweetati [8,000], and ujune joweenayi [9,000].
  • In compounds numbers with hundreds and thousands, each order of magnitude (unit, ten, hundred, thousand) is linked to the other with the conjunction e (e.g.: teemeɗɗe ɗiɗi e cappanɗe nayi e nayi [244], ujune tati e teemerre e joweego [3,106]).
  • Millions are formed starting with the plural form of the word for million (dubuure in singular; dubuuje in plural), followed by the multiplier digit separated with a space, except for one million: dubuure [1 million], dubuuje ɗiɗi [2 millions], dubuuje tati [3 millions], dubuuje nayi [4 millions]…

Write a number in full in Nigerian Fulfulde

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