Numbers in Amharic

Learn numbers in Amharic

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

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 Amharic?

Amharic (አማርኛ, āmariññā) belongs to the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic languages. Official language of Ethiopia, it counts about 25.6 million speakers. It is written in the Amharic Fidel, or writing system, which is an evolution of the Ge’ez abugida. Amharic is also considered a holy language by the Rastafari religion.

List of numbers in Amharic

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

  • 1) አንድ (and)
  • 2) ሁለት (hulät)
  • 3) ሶስት (sost)
  • 4) አራት (arat)
  • 5) አምስት (amïst)
  • 6) ስድስት (sïdïst)
  • 7) ሰባት (säbat)
  • 8) ስምንት (sïmïnt)
  • 9) ዘጠኝ (zät’äñ)
  • 10) አስር (asïr)
  • 11) አስራ አንድ (asra and)
  • 12) አስራ ሁለት (asra hulät)
  • 13) አስራ ሶስት (asra sost)
  • 14) አስራ አራት (asra arat)
  • 15) አስራ አምስት (asra amïst)
  • 16) አስራ ስድስት (asra sïdïst)
  • 17) አስራ ሰባት (asra säbat)
  • 18) አስራ ስምንት (asra sïmïnt)
  • 19) አስራ ዘጠኝ (asra zät’äñ)
  • 20) ሃያ (haya)
  • 30) ሰላሳ (sälasa)
  • 40) አርባ (arba)
  • 50) ኃምሳ (hamsa)
  • 60) ስልሳ (sïlsa)
  • 70) ሰባ (säba)
  • 80) ሰማንያ (sämanya)
  • 90) ዘጠና (zät’äna)
  • 100) መቶ (mäto)
  • 1,000) ሺህ (ših)
  • one million) አንድ ሚሊዮን (and miliyon)

Numbers in Amharic: Amharic numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits from zero to nine are specific words, namely zero (ዜሮ) [0], and (አንድ) [1], hulät (ሁለት) [2], sost (ሶስት) [3], arat (አራት) [4], amïst (አምስት) [5], sïdïst (ስድስት) [6], säbat (ሰባት) [7], sïmïnt (ስምንት) [8], and zät’äñ (ዘጠኝ) [9].
  • From eleven to nineteen, the numbers are formed starting with a form of the word for ten (asra, አስራ), followed by the unit name separated with a space: asra and (አስራ አንድ) [11], asra hulät (አስራ ሁለት) [12], asra sost (አስራ ሶስት) [13], asra arat (አስራ አራት) [14], asra amïst (አስራ አምስት) [15], asra sïdïst (አስራ ስድስት) [16], asra säbat (አስራ ሰባት) [17], asra sïmïnt (አስራ ስምንት) [18], and asra zät’äñ (አስራ ዘጠኝ) [19].
  • Even if the tens are not formed in a regular way, we can still get a gist of the multiplier digit behind their name: asïr (አስር) [10], haya (ሃያ) [20], sälasa (ሰላሳ) [30], arba (አርባ) [40], hamsa (ኃምሳ) [50], sïlsa (ስልሳ) [60], säba (ሰባ) [70], sämanya (ሰማንያ) [80], and zät’äna (ዘጠና) [90].
  • The compound numbers above twenty-one are formed starting with the ten, followed by the unit name separated with a space (e.g.: hamsa arat (ኃምሳ አራት) [54], säba sïmïnt (ሰባ ስምንት) [78]).
  • Hundreds are formed by stating the multiplier digit before the word for hundred (mäto, መቶ) separated with a space, except for one hundred where it is optional: (and) mäto ((አንድ) መቶ) [100], hulät mäto (ሁለት መቶ) [200], sost mäto (ሶስት መቶ) [300], arat mäto (አራት መቶ) [400], amïst mäto (አምስት መቶ) [500], sïdïst mäto (ስድስት መቶ) [600], säbat mäto (ሰባት መቶ) [700], sïmïnt mäto (ስምንት መቶ) [800], and zät’äñ mäto (ዘጠኝ መቶ) [900].
  • Thousands are formed by stating the multiplier digit before the word for thousand (ših, ሺህ) separated with a space, except for one thousand where it is optional: (and) ših ((አንድ) ሺህ) [1,000] (the form ši (ሺ) can also be encountered), hulät ših (ሁለት ሺህ) [2,000], sost ših (ሶስት ሺህ) [3,000], arat ših (አራት ሺህ) [4,000], amïst ših (አምስት ሺህ) [5,000], sïdïst ših (ስድስት ሺህ) [6,000], säbat ših (ሰባት ሺህ) [7,000], sïmïnt ših (ስምንት ሺህ) [8,000], and zät’äñ ših (ዘጠኝ ሺህ) [9,000].
  • The word for million is miliyon (ሚሊዮን).
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