Numbers in Burushaski

Learn numbers in Burushaski

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

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 Burushaski?

Burushaski (بروشسکی‎ romanized as burū́šaskī) is a language isolate, in the sense that it has no genealogical relationship with other language. It is spoken by the Burusho people in northern Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, and counts about 112.000 speakers. The Burushaski language is written in an extended Perso-Arabic script.Due to lack of data, we can only count accurately up to 1,000 in Burushaski. Please contact me if you can help me counting up from that limit.

List of numbers in Burushaski

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

  • 1) hik
  • 2) altó
  • 3) iskí
  • 4) wálti
  • 5) číndi
  • 6) mishíndi
  • 7) thalé
  • 8) altámbi
  • 9) huntí
  • 10) tóorimi
  • 11) turma-hik
  • 12) turma-alto
  • 13) turma-iski
  • 14) turma-wálti
  • 15) turma-číndi
  • 16) turma-mishíndi
  • 17) turma-thale
  • 18) turma-altámbi
  • 19) turma-hunti
  • 20) altar
  • 30) altar-toorimi
  • 40) alto-altar
  • 50) alto-altar-toorimi
  • 60) iski-altar
  • 70) iski-altar-toorimi
  • 80) walti-altar
  • 90) walti-altar-toorimi
  • 100) tha
  • 1,000) sáas

Numbers in Burushaski: Burushaski numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits from one to nine are rendered by specific words (we use here the class dedicated to abstract counting): hik [1], altó [2], iskí [3], wálti [4], číndi [5], mishíndi [6], thalé [7], altámbi [8], and huntí [9].
  • The Burushaski languages follows a vigesimal number system (of base 20) for its tens: tóorimi [10], altar [20], altar-toorimi [30] (20+10), alto-altar [40] (2*20), alto-altar-toorimi [50] (2*20+10), iski-altar [60] (3*20), iski-altar-toorimi [70] (3*20+10), walti-altar [80] (4*20), and walti-altar-toorimi [90] (4*20+10).
  • Compound numbers from eleven to nineteen are formed starting with a form of the word for ten (turma), linked with a hyphen to the unit with no diacritic: turma-hik [11], turma-alto [12], turma-iski [13], turma-walti [14], turma-čindi [15], turma-mishindi [16], turma-thale [17], turma-altambi [18], and turma-hunti [19].
  • Compound numbers above twenty are formed starting with the ten, then the unit with no diacritic, linked with a hyphen (e.g.: altar-iski [23], alto-altar-turma-hunti [59]).
  • The word for hundred is tha [100].
  • The word for thousand is sáas [1,000].
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