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Counting in Picard

Language overview

Forty-two in Picard Picard (ch’ti, ch’timi) is a langues d’oïl dialect belonging to the romance group of the Indo-European language. Traditionally spoken in the northernmost part of France and southern Belgium, it counts about 700,000 speakers.

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

Picard numbers list

  • 1 – un
  • 2 – deus
  • 3 – troés
  • 4 – quate
  • 5 – chonc
  • 6 – sis
  • 7 – sèt
  • 8 – ût
  • 9 – nué
  • 10 – dich
  • 11 – onze
  • 12 – dousse
  • 13 – trèsse
  • 14 – quatore
  • 15 – tchinse
  • 16 – sèse
  • 17 – dis-sèt
  • 18 – dis-ût
  • 19 – dis-nué
  • 20 – vint
  • 30 – trente
  • 40 – quarante
  • 50 – chonquante
  • 60 – sissante
  • 70 – sètante
  • 80 – ûtante
  • 90 – novante
  • 100 – chent

Picard 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 names: un / eune (m./f.) [1], deus [2], troés (or tros) [3], quate [4], chonc (or chinq) [5], sis (or sich) [6], sèt (or sièt) [7], ût [8], and nué [9].
  • Tens are formed from the multiplier digit root, except for ten and twenty. The Picard language follows a full decimal system: dich (or dis) [10], vint [20], trente [30], quarante [40], chonquante [50], sissante [60], sètante [70], ûtante [80], and novante [90].
  • Numbers from eleven to sixteen have specific names: onze [11], dousse [12], trèsse [13], quatore [14], tchinse [15], and sèse [16].
  • From seventeen to nineteen, the numbers are formed starting with the word for ten (dis), followed by the unit linked with a hyphen: dis-sèt [17], dis-ût [18], and dis-nué [19].
  • Compound numbers above twenty are formed starting with the ten, followed by the unit linked with a hyphen (e.g.: vint-chonc [25], trente-deus [32]). When the number ends with the unit one, ten and unit are linked with the hyphenized conjunction -et- (and): sissante-et-un [61].
  • The word for hundred is chent [100].

Write a number in full in Picard

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