Numbers in Lojban

Learn numbers in Lojban

Knowing numbers in Lojban is probably one of the most useful things you can learn to say, write and understand in Lojban. Learning to count in Lojban 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 Lojban is the most widely spoken language, and you want to be able to shop and even bargain with a good knowledge of numbers in Lojban.

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 Lojban?

Lojban (from logji and bangu, or logic language) is a syntactically unambiguous constructed language based on predicate logic, created in 1987 by The Logical Language Group. Lojban is derivated from Loglan, a language invented in 1955 by James Cooke Brown who claimed copyright on it, so Lojban started afresh from its lexical basis to create a whole new vocabulary.

List of numbers in Lojban

Here is a list of numbers in Lojban. We have made for you a list with all the numbers in Lojban 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 Lojban. We also close the list by showing you what the number 1000 looks like in Lojban.

  • 1) pa
  • 2) re
  • 3) ci
  • 4) vo
  • 5) mu
  • 6) xa
  • 7) ze
  • 8) bi
  • 9) so
  • 10) pano
  • 11) papa
  • 12) pare
  • 13) paci
  • 14) pavo
  • 15) pamu
  • 16) paxa
  • 17) paze
  • 18) pabi
  • 19) paso
  • 20) reno
  • 30) cino
  • 40) vono
  • 50) muno
  • 60) xano
  • 70) zeno
  • 80) bino
  • 90) sono
  • 100) panono
  • 1,000) paki’o
  • one million) paki’oki’o

Numbers in Lojban: Lojban numbering rules

Each culture has specific peculiarities that are expressed in its language and its way of counting. The Lojban is no exception. If you want to learn numbers in Lojban 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 Lojban with ease.

The way numbers are formed in Lojban is easy to understand if you follow the rules explained here. Surprise everyone by counting in Lojban. Also, learning how to number in Lojban 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 Lojban 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 Lojban

  • Digits from zero to nine are specific words: no [0], pa [1], re [2], ci [3], vo [4], mu [5], xa [6], ze [7], bi [8], and so [9].
  • Compound numbers up to nine hundred and ninety-nine are formed by juxtaposing their composing digits names to each others. Thus, we can form pano [10] (one zero), vore [42] (four two), panono [100] (one zero zero), binoso [809] (eight zero nine)…
  • When three zeroes are following each other, the word for thousand (ki’o) is used instead of nonono (which is otherwise grammatically correct). Thousands are formed this way (e.g.: paki’o [1,000], ci paki’o [3,000], vo ki’o musore [4,592]).
  • Millions are formed the same way as thousands, i.e. by prefixing the million word (ki’oki’o) by its digit multiplier (e.g.: paki’oki’o [1 million], re paki’oki’o [2 million]). Higher scale numbers (billions, trillions…) are regularly formed the same way.
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