Numbers in Sierra Otomi

Learn numbers in Sierra Otomi

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

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 Sierra Otomi?

Sierra Otomi, or Highland Otomi (Yųhų or Yuhú), is an Otomian language of the Oto-Manguean language family. It is a dialect cluster or a dialect continuum, spoken in the highlands of Eastern Hidalgo, Western Veracruz and Northern Puebla, Mexico. Sierra Otomi is a tonal language that has four tones: high, low, descending or high-low, and ascending or low-high. It counts about 50,000 speakers.Due to lack of data, we can only count accurately up to 10,000 in Sierra Otomi. Please contact me if you can help me counting up from that limit.

List of numbers in Sierra Otomi

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

  • 1) n’da
  • 2) yoho
  • 3) hyu
  • 4) goho
  • 5) ku̱t’a
  • 6) ’dato
  • 7) yoto
  • 8) hyäto
  • 9) gu̱to
  • 10) de̱t’a
  • 11) de̱’ma’da
  • 12) de̱’mayoho
  • 13) de̱’mahyu
  • 14) de̱’magoho
  • 15) de̱’maku̱t’a
  • 16) de̱’ma’dato
  • 17) de̱’mayoto
  • 18) de̱’mahyäto
  • 19) de̱’magu̱to
  • 20) ’da̱te
  • 30) ’da̱tema’de̱t’a
  • 40) yote‘
  • 50) yotema’de̱’a
  • 60) hyäte
  • 70) hyätema’de̱’magoho
  • 80) goho’da̱te
  • 90) goho’da̱tema’de̱t’a
  • 100) n’da syento
  • 1,000) n’damahwähi

Numbers in Sierra Otomi: Sierra Otomi numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits from one to nine are rendered by specific words, namely n’da [1], yoho [2], hyu [3], goho [4], ku̱t’a [5], ’dato [6], yoto [7], hyäto [8], and gu̱to [9].
  • Tens follow a vigesimal system based on the words for ten and twenty, alternating multiples of twenty and multiples of twenty plus ten: de̱t’a [10], ’da̱te [20], ’da̱tema’de̱t’a [30] (20+10), yote‘ [40] (2*20), yotema’de̱’a [50] (2*20+10), hyäte or hyu’da̱te [60] (3*20), hyätema’de̱’magoho [70] (3*20+10), goho’da̱te [80] (4*20), and goho’da̱tema’de̱t’a [90] (4*20+10).
  • Compound numbers are formed starting with the ten, directly followed by the unit, with no space, with some phonetic changes (e.g.: ’da̱tema’de̱’ma’da [31], hyätemahyu [63]).
  • Hundreds are formed starting with the multiplier unit, followed by the word for hundred (syento, borrowed from the Spanish ciento): n’da syento [100], yo syento [200], hyu syento [300], goho syento [400], ku̱t’a syento [500], ’dato syento [600], yoto syento [700], hyäto syento [800], and gu̱to syento [900].
  • When compound, hundreds are linked to tens or units with the conjunction ’ne, which means and (e.g.: n’da syento ’ne yoho [102], yo syento ’ne yotema’de̱’maku̱t’a [255]).
  • Thousands are formed prefixing the word for thousand (hwähi) with the multiplier unit and the proclitic ma: n’damahwähi [1,000], yomahwähi [2,000]…
  • Gramática del yuhú (otomí de la Sierra Madre Oriental), Summer Institute of Linguistics (1979 & 2007)
  • Numbers in different languages