Numbers in Baka

Learn numbers in Baka

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

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 Baka?

The Baka language, also known as Be-bayaga, Be-bayaka, and Bibaya de l’est, is a dialect cluster of Ubangian languages, which are generally included in the Niger–Congo family. A dialect cluster regroups different dialects with considerable, but incomplete, mutual intelligibility. It is spoken by the Baka people of the Mandara mountains of Northern Cameroon and Gabon and counts about 43,000 speakers.Due to lack of data, we can only count accurately up to 100 in Baka. Please contact me if you can help me counting up from that limit.

List of numbers in Baka

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

  • 1) bəlèŋ
  • 2) cew
  • 3) màkar
  • 4) wúfaɗ
  • 5) zlàm
  • 6) múku
  • 7) sisíri
  • 8) slalákúr
  • 9) holombo
  • 10) kru
  • 11) kru hə̀r bə̀lèŋ
  • 12) kru hə̀r cew
  • 13) kru hə̀r màkar
  • 14) kru hə̀r wúfaɗ
  • 15) kru hə̀r zlàm
  • 16) kru hə̀r múku
  • 17) kru hə̀r sisíri
  • 18) kru hə̀r slalákúr
  • 19) kru hə̀r holombo
  • 20) kókúr cew
  • 30) kókúr màkar
  • 40) kókúr wúfaɗ
  • 50) kókúr zlàm
  • 60) kókúr múku
  • 70) kókúr sisíri
  • 80) kókúr slalákúr
  • 90) kókúr holombo
  • 100) dèŋ

Numbers in Baka: Baka numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits from one to nine are specific words: bəlèŋ (and bə̀lèŋ when compound) [1], cew [2], màkar [3], wúfaɗ [4], zlàm [5], múku [6], sisíri [7], slalákúr [8], and holombo [9].
  • Tens are formed starting with the plural form of the word for ten (kókúr, which singular is kru), followed by the multiplier digit separated with a space, except for ten itself: kru [10], kókúr cew [20], kókúr màkar [30], kókúr wúfaɗ [40], kókúr zlàm [50], kókúr múku [60], kókúr sisíri [70], kókúr slalákúr [80], and kókúr holombo [90].
  • Compound numbers are formed starting with the ten, then the word hə̀r, and the unit (e.g.: kru hə̀r cew [12], kókúr cew hə̀r bə̀lèŋ [21]).
  • One hundred is dèŋ.
  • Baka: a highly endangered language of northern Cameroon (pdf)
  • Baka orthography (pdf, in French)
  • Numbers in different languages