Numbers in Punu

Learn numbers in Punu

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

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 Punu?

Punu, also known as Yipunu, is a Bantu language from the Niger-Congo family. Spoken in the Tchibanga area of Gabon by the Bapunu people, it counts about 130,000 speakers.Due to lack of data, we can only count accurately up to 999,999 in Punu. Please contact me if you can help me counting up from that limit.

List of numbers in Punu

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

  • 1) imossi
  • 2) bidédji
  • 3) birriéwou
  • 4) bine
  • 5) biranou
  • 6) bissiaamounou
  • 7) issambouali
  • 8) inane
  • 9) ifou
  • 10) diwouni
  • 11) diwouni na imossi
  • 12) diwouni na bidédji
  • 13) diwouni na birriéwou
  • 14) diwouni na bine
  • 15) diwouni na biranou
  • 16) diwouni na bissiaamounou
  • 17) diwouni na issambouali
  • 18) diwouni na inane
  • 19) diwouni na ifou
  • 20) mawouma bédji
  • 30) mawouma riérwou
  • 40) mawoumane
  • 50) mawoumaranou
  • 60) mawoumassiamounou
  • 70) doussambouali doumawoumi
  • 80) innane imawoumi
  • 90) ifou mawoumi
  • 100) kame
  • 1,000) ivévi

Numbers in Punu: Punu numbering rules

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

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

  • Numbers from one to nine are specific words, namely imossi [1], bidédji [2], birriéwou [3], bine [4], biranou [5], bissiaamounou [6], issambouali [7], inane [8], and ifou [9].
  • The tens are formed by putting mawouma before their multiplier digit, with some exceptions: diwouni [10], mawouma bédji [20], mawouma riérwou [30], mawoumane [40], mawoumaranou [50], mawoumassiamounou [60], doussambouali doumawoumi [70], innane imawoumi [80], and ifou mawoumi [90].
  • Compound numbers are formed by saying the ten, then the coordinator na, and the unit (e.g.: diwouni na inane [18], mawoumaranou na bine [54]).
  • Hundreds are formed by setting the multiplier digit after the word for hundred (kame), except for one hundred itself, unless composed: kame [100], kame bidédji [200], kame birriéwou [300], kame bine [400]…
  • Thousands are formed the same way as hundreds, i.e. by setting the multiplier digit after the word for thousand (ivévi), except for one thousand itself, unless composed: ivévi [1,000], ivévi bidédji [2,000], ivévi birriéwou [3,000], ivévi bine [4,000]…
  • Each group of numbers is linked to the others with na (and), tens and units, but also hundreds and tens, thousands and hundreds… (e.g.: mawouma bédji na birriéwou [23], kame imossi na mawoumaranou [150], ivévi imossi na kame bidédji na mawouma riérwou na bine [1,234]).
  • Videos in Punu conducted in June 2009 in Tchibanga, southern Gabon, for Sorosoro
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