Numbers in Afrihili

Learn numbers in Afrihili

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

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 Afrihili?

Afrihili (El-Afrihili) is a zonal auxiliary language designed in 1970 by Ghanaian historian K. A. Kumi Attobrah. Its aim was to be used as a lingua franca throughout all Africa. Its name comes from Africa and Swahili. Afrihili is primarily derived from Swahili and Akan, the Niger-Congo language spoken by its author in southern Ghana, but its lexicon covers various African languages (including Twi, Yoruba, Hausa, Kikongo, Jola-Fonyi, isiZulu, Kinyarwanda, Malagasy), while its semantics is strongly influenced by English, perhaps due to the strong English influence on written Swahili and Akan.

List of numbers in Afrihili

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

  • 1) kana
  • 2) bari
  • 3) sade
  • 4) hudu
  • 5) digi
  • 6) seta
  • 7) fito
  • 8) nane
  • 9) tolu
  • 10) du
  • 11) dukana
  • 12) dubari
  • 13) dusade
  • 14) duhudu
  • 15) dudigi
  • 16) duseta
  • 17) dufito
  • 18) dunane
  • 19) dutolu
  • 20) duobari
  • 30) duosade
  • 40) duohudu
  • 50) duodigi
  • 60) duoseta
  • 70) duofito
  • 80) duonane
  • 90) duotolu
  • 100) keme
  • 1,000) kalo
  • one million) mili

Numbers in Afrihili: Afrihili numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits from zero to nine are rendered by specific words from various origin, namely sifiri [0] (from the Hausa sifiri), kana [1] (from the Yoruba kan), bari [2] (from the Swahili mbili?), sade [3] (from the Oromo sadii?), hudu [4] (from the Hausa hudu), digi [5] (from the Nubian dij-), seta [6] (from the Hausa shidda?), fito [7] (from the fito), nane [8] (from the Swahili nane), and tolu [9].
  • Tens are formed starting with the word for ten (du, from the Twi edú), directly followed by the conjunction o and the multiplier digit, except for ten itself: du [10], duobari [20] (10 times 2), duosade [30], duohudu [40], duodigi [50], duoseta [60], duofito [70], duonane [80], and duotolu [90].
  • Compound numbers are formed starting with the ten, then the unit separated with a space (e.g.: duoseta sade [63], duonane digi [85]).
  • Hundreds are formed starting with the word for hundred (keme), directly followed by the conjunction o and the multiplier digit, except for one hundred: keme [100], kemeobari [200] (100 times 2), kemeosade [300], kemeohudu [400], kemeodigi [500], kemeoseta [600], kemeofito [700], kemeonane [800], and kemeotolu [900].
  • When coumpound, hundred and unit are linked with the conjonction na (e.g.: keme na kana [101]).
  • Thousands are formed starting with the word for thousand (kalo), directly followed by the multiplier digit, except for one thousand: kalo [1,000], kalobari [2,000] (1,000 times 2), kalosade [3,000], kalohudu [4,000], kalodigi [5,000], kaloseta [6,000], kalofito [7,000], kalonane [8,000], and kalotolu [9,000].
  • Millions are formed starting with the word for million (mili), directly followed by the conjunction o and the multiplier digit, except for one million: mili [1 million], miliobari [2 millions], miliosade [3 millions]…
  • Ni Afrihili Oluga - The African Continental Language, by K. A. Kumi Attobrah, Pyka Press (1970)
  • Afrihili: An African Interlanguage, by William S. Annis (pdf)
  • Numbers in different languages