Numbers in Arhuaco

Learn numbers in Arhuaco

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

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 Arhuaco?

Arhuaco (Ikʉ) is a Indigenous South-American language that belongs to the Chibchan language family. It is spoken by the Arhuaco people from the the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, in Colombia. Arhuaco counts about 8,000 speakers.Due to lack of data, we can only count accurately up to 9,999 in Arhuaco. Please contact me if you can help me counting up from that limit.

List of numbers in Arhuaco

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

  • 1) in’gwi
  • 2) mowga
  • 3) máykʉnʉ
  • 4) ma’keywa
  • 5) asewa
  • 6) chin̈wa
  • 7) koga
  • 8) abewa
  • 9) ikawa
  • 10) uga
  • 11) in’gwi kʉttow
  • 12) mowga kʉttow
  • 13) máykʉnʉ kʉttow
  • 14) ma’keywa kʉttow
  • 15) asewa kʉttow
  • 16) chin̈wa kʉttow
  • 17) koga kʉttow
  • 18) abewa kʉttow
  • 19) ikawa kʉttow
  • 20) mowga uga
  • 30) máykʉnʉ uga
  • 40) ma’keywa uga
  • 50) asewa uga
  • 60) chin̈wa uga
  • 70) koga uga
  • 80) abewa uga
  • 90) ikawa uga
  • 100) syentu
  • 1,000) mil

Numbers in Arhuaco: Arhuaco numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits from one to nine are specific words: in’gwi [1], mowga [2], máykʉnʉ [3], ma’keywa [4], asewa [5], chin̈wa [6], koga [7], abewa [8], and ikawa [9].
  • Tens are formed starting with the multiplier digit, followed by the word for ten (uga) separated with a space, except for ten itself: uga [10], mowga uga [20], máykʉnʉ uga [30], ma’keywa uga [40], asewa uga [50], chin̈wa uga [60], koga uga [70], abewa uga [80], and ikawa uga [90].
  • Compound numbers are formed starting with the ten, then the unit digit and the word kʉttow that expresses the unit (e.g.: máykʉnʉ uga abewa kʉttow [38], koga uga asewa kʉttow [75]). For numbers between eleven and nineteen, the ten can be omitted (e.g.: (in’gwi uga) mowga kʉttow [12]).
  • Hundreds are formed starting with the multiplier digit, then the word for hundred (syentu, loanword from the Spanish ciento), except for one hundred: syentu [100], mowga syentu [200], máykʉnʉ syentu [300], ma’keywa syentu [400], asewa syentu [500], chin̈wa syentu [600], koga syentu [700], abewa syentu [800], and ikawa syentu [900].
  • Compound hundreds are formed regularly (e.g.: syentu mowga uga [120]).
  • Thousands are formed starting with the multiplier digit, then the word for thousand (mil, loanword from Spanish), except for one thousand: mil [1,000], mowga mil [2,000], máykʉnʉ mil [3,000], ma’keywa mil [4,000], asewa mil [5,000], chin̈wa mil [6,000], koga mil [7,000], abewa mil [8,000], and ikawa mil [9,000].
  • Arhuaco dictionary, pdf in Spanish
  • Numbers in different languages