Numbers in Somali

Learn numbers in Somali

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

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 Somali?

The Somali language (Afsoomaali) is a member of the East Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family. Official language in Somali, it counts about 14 million speakers worldwide.

List of numbers in Somali

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

  • 1) ków
  • 2) lába
  • 3) sáddex
  • 4) áfar
  • 5) shán
  • 6) líx
  • 7) toddobá
  • 8) siddéed
  • 9) sagaal
  • 10) toban
  • 11) koób iyo toban
  • 12) labá iyo toban
  • 13) sáddex iyo toban
  • 14) áfar iyo toban
  • 15) shán iyo toban
  • 16) líx iyo toban
  • 17) toddobá iyo toban
  • 18) siddeéd iyo toban
  • 19) sagaál iyo toban
  • 20) labaátan
  • 30) sóddon
  • 40) afártan
  • 50) kónton
  • 60) líxdan
  • 70) toddobaátan
  • 80) siddeétan
  • 90) sagaáshan
  • 100) boqól
  • 1,000) kún
  • one million) malyúun

Numbers in Somali: Somali numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits from one to nine are specific words, namely ków [1], lába [2] (genitive: labá), sáddex [3], áfar [4], shán [5], líx [6], toddobá [7], siddéed [8] (genitive: siddeéd), and sagaal [9] (genitive: sagaál). Digits from one to eight are feminine, all other numbers are masculine. Grammatically, all numbers are nouns, hence they are used in the genitive case when composed.
  • The tens are: toban [10], labaátan [20], sóddon [30], afártan [40], kónton [50], líxdan [60], toddobaátan [70], siddeétan [80], and sagaáshan [90].
  • Composed numbers from eleven to ninety-one are constructed by saying the unit followed by the conjunction iyo (and) and the ten (e.g.: sáddex iyo toban [13], líx iyo afártan [46]). The digit one (ków) becomes koób before a vowel (e.g.: koób iyo toban [11], koób iyo labaátan [21]).
  • The word for hundred is boqól, the word for thousand is kún, and the word for million is malyúun. As any noun, they all use the genitive construction (e.g.: sáddex boqól [300], labá kún [2,000], siddeéd malyúun [8,000,000]), and the iyo conjunction when composed (e.g.: sáddex boqól iyo labá iyo líxdan [362], labá kún iyo shán boqól iyo labá iyo siddeétan [2,582]).
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