Numbers in Breton

Learn numbers in Breton

Knowing numbers in Breton is probably one of the most useful things you can learn to say, write and understand in Breton. Learning to count in Breton may appeal to you just as a simple curiosity or be something you really need. Perhaps you have planned a trip to a country where Breton is the most widely spoken language, and you want to be able to shop and even bargain with a good knowledge of numbers in Breton.

It's also useful for guiding you through street numbers. You'll be able to better understand the directions to places and everything expressed in numbers, such as the times when public transportation leaves. Can you think of more reasons to learn numbers in Breton?

The Breton language (Brezhoneg) belongs to the Celtic languages of the Indo-European languages family. Spoken in the French region of Brittany, it is considered as a regional language, and counts about 210,000 speakers.

List of numbers in Breton

Here is a list of numbers in Breton. We have made for you a list with all the numbers in Breton from 1 to 20. We have also included the tens up to the number 100, so that you know how to count up to 100 in Breton. We also close the list by showing you what the number 1000 looks like in Breton.

  • 1) unan
  • 2) daou
  • 3) tri
  • 4) pevar
  • 5) pemp
  • 6) c’hwec’h
  • 7) seizh
  • 8) eizh
  • 9) nav
  • 10) dek
  • 11) unnek
  • 12) daouzek
  • 13) trizek
  • 14) pevarzek
  • 15) pemzek
  • 16) c’hwezek
  • 17) seitek
  • 18) triwec’h
  • 19) naontek
  • 20) ugent
  • 30) tregont
  • 40) daou-ugent
  • 50) hanter-kant
  • 60) tri-ugent
  • 70) dek ha tri-ugent
  • 80) pevar-ugent
  • 90) dek ha pevar-ugent
  • 100) kant
  • 1,000) mil

Numbers in Breton: Breton numbering rules

Each culture has specific peculiarities that are expressed in its language and its way of counting. The Breton is no exception. If you want to learn numbers in Breton you will have to learn a series of rules that we will explain below. If you apply these rules you will soon find that you will be able to count in Breton with ease.

The way numbers are formed in Breton is easy to understand if you follow the rules explained here. Surprise everyone by counting in Breton. Also, learning how to number in Breton yourself from these simple rules is very beneficial for your brain, as it forces it to work and stay in shape. Working with numbers and a foreign language like Breton at the same time is one of the best ways to train our little gray cells, so let's see what rules you need to apply to number in Breton

  • Digits from zero to nine are rendered by specific words: mann [0], unan [1], daou / div (masculine/feminine) [2], tri / teir (masculine/feminine) [3], pevar / peder (masculine/feminine) [4], pemp [5], c’hwec’h [6], seizh [7], eizh [8], and nav [9].
  • The tens are following a vigesimal system (based on twenty): dek [10], ugent [20], tregont [30], daou-ugent (2*20) [40], hanter-kant (half-hundred) [50], tri-ugent (3*20) [60], dek ha tri-ugent (10+3*20) [70], pevar-ugent (4*20) [80], and dek ha pevar-ugent (10+4*20) [90].
  • Teens are formed by starting with the unit, directly followed by the root of the word for ten (dek): unnek [11], daouzek [12], trizek [13], pevarzek [14], pemzek [15], c’hwezek [16], seitek [17], triwec’h (litterally, three six) [18], and naontek [19].
  • Compound numbers from twenty-one to twenty-nine are formed starting with the unit, followed by the particle warn (over), then the word for twenty (e.g.: unan warn ugent [21], c’hwec’h warn ugent [26]).
  • Compound numbers from thirty-one to ninety-nine are formed starting with the unit or the teen, followed by the particle ha (and), then the ten (e.g.: tri ha tregont [33], seizh ha hanter-kant [57], pevarzek ha tri-ugent [74]).
  • Hundreds are formed by stating the multiplier digit before the word for hundred (kant or c’hant), except for one hundred: kant [100], daou c’hant [200], tri c’hant [300], pevar c’hant [400], pemp kant [500], c’hwec’h kant [600], seizh kant [700], eizh kant [800], and nav c’hant [900].
  • Thousands are formed by stating the multiplier digit before the word for thousand (mil or vil), except for one thousand: mil [1,000], daou vil [2,000], tri mil [3,000], pevar mil [4,000], pemp mil [5,000], c’hwec’h mil [6,000], seizh mil [7,000], eizh mil [8,000], and nav mil [9,000].
  • One million is ur million, and one billion, ur milliard.
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