Numbers in Bambara

Learn numbers in Bambara

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

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 Bambara?

The Bambara language (bamanankan) belongs to the mande family. It is mainly spoken in Mali, and counts about ten million speakers.

List of numbers in Bambara

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

  • 1) kélen
  • 2) fila
  • 3) sàba
  • 4) náani
  • 5) dúuru
  • 6) wɔɔrɔ
  • 7) wólonwula
  • 8) séegin
  • 9) k̀ɔnɔntɔn
  • 10) tán
  • 11) tán ní kélen
  • 12) tán ní fila
  • 13) tán ní sàba
  • 14) tán ní náani
  • 15) tán ní dúuru
  • 16) tán ní wɔɔrɔ
  • 17) tán ní wólonwula
  • 18) tán ní séegin
  • 19) tán ní k̀ɔnɔntɔn
  • 20) mùgan
  • 30) bísàba
  • 40) bínaani
  • 50) bídúuru
  • 60) bíwɔɔrɔ
  • 70) bíwolonfila
  • 80) bíséegin
  • 90) bík̀ɔnɔntɔn
  • 100) k̀ɛmɛ
  • 1,000) wa kélen
  • one million) mílyɔn kélen

Numbers in Bambara: Bambara numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits from one to nine are specific words, namely kélen [1], fila [2], sàba [3], náani [4], dúuru [5], wɔɔrɔ [6], wólonwula [7], séegin [8], and k̀ɔnɔntɔn [9].
  • Tens from thirty to ninety are built by setting the prefix before the multiplier digit: bísàba [30], bínaani [40], bídúuru [50], bíwɔɔrɔ [60], bíwolonfila [70], bíséegin [80], and bík̀ɔnɔntɔn [90]. Ten and twenty have specific names: tán [10] and mùgan [20].
  • Hundreds, thousands and millions are constructed by setting the multiplier digit after the matching scale word, either k̀ɛmɛ for hundred, wa for thousand, or mílyɔn for million. This way, we get k̀ɛmɛ [100] (without multiplier unit), k̀ɛmɛ fila [200], k̀ɛmɛ sàba [300], k̀ɛmɛ náani [400], k̀ɛmɛ dúuru [500], k̀ɛmɛ wɔɔrɔ [600]… wa kélen [1,000], wa fila [2,000], wa sàba [3,000], wa náani [4,000]… and mílyɔn kélen [one million], mílyɔn fila [two million]…
  • Each group of numbers is linked to the others with (and), tens and units, but also hundreds and tens, thousands and hundreds… (e.g.: mùgan ní sàba [23], k̀ɛmɛ ní bídúuru [150], wa kélen ní k̀ɛmɛ fila ní bísàba ní náani [1,234]).
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