Numbers in Afrikaans

Learn numbers in Afrikaans

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

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 Afrikaans?

Afrikaans is an Indo-European language derived from Dutch and classified as Low Franconian West Germanic. Mainly spoken in South Africa and Namibia, it has about 5 million speakers.

List of numbers in Afrikaans

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

  • 1) een
  • 2) twee
  • 3) drie
  • 4) vier
  • 5) vyf
  • 6) ses
  • 7) sewe
  • 8) ag
  • 9) nege
  • 10) tien
  • 11) elf
  • 12) twaalf
  • 13) dertien
  • 14) veertien
  • 15) vyftien
  • 16) sestien
  • 17) sewentien
  • 18) agtien
  • 19) negentien
  • 20) twintig
  • 30) dertig
  • 40) veertig
  • 50) vyftig
  • 60) sestig
  • 70) sewentig
  • 80) tagtig
  • 90) neëntig
  • 100) eenhonderd
  • 1,000) eenduisend
  • one million) een miljoen
  • one billion) een miljard
  • one trillion) een biljoen

Numbers in Afrikaans: Afrikaans numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits and numbers from zero to twelve are specific words, namely nul [0], een [1], twee [2], drie [3], vier [4], vyf [5], ses [6], sewe [7], ag [8], nege [9], tien [10], elf [11], and twaalf [12].
  • From thirteen to nineteen, numbers are built like English teens, i.e. by adding the -tien suffix after the unit: dertien [13], veertien [14], vyftien [15], sestien [16], sewentien [17], agtien [18], and negentien [19].
  • The tens are formed by adding the -tig suffix at the end of the matching digit (except for ten itself), often with a slight orthographic and phonetic change in the digit: tien [10], twintig [20], dertig [30], veertig [40], vyftig [50], sestig [60], sewentig [70], tagtig [80], and neëntig [90].
  • From twenty-one to ninety-nine, the tens and units are joined with the en (and) word, the unit being said before the ten (eg. een-en-dertig [31], vyf-en-dertig [35]).
  • Hundreds (based on the word for hundred, honderd) and thousands (based on the word for thousand, duisend) are built by saying the multiplier unit right before the scale word with no spacing (e.g.: eenhonderd een-en-twintig [121], eenduisend tweehonderd negentien [1,219]).
  • The Afrikaans language uses the long scale for big numbers where every new word greater than a million is one million times bigger than the previous term. Thus, een miljard is 109 (the US billion), and een biljoen (1012) worths a thousand US billions.
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