Numbers in Cornish

Learn numbers in Cornish

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

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 Cornish?

The Cornish language (Kernowek) belongs to the Brittonic branch of Celtic languages of the Indo-European languages family. Extinct as a first language in the late 18th century, its revival started in the early 20th century. It is now taught in schools in the Cornwall region of the United Kingdom, and counted about 560 second-language speakers in 2011.

List of numbers in Cornish

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

  • 1) onan
  • 2) dew
  • 3) tri
  • 4) peswar
  • 5) pymp
  • 6) hwegh
  • 7) seyth
  • 8) eth
  • 9) naw
  • 10) deg
  • 11) unnek
  • 12) dewdhek
  • 13) tredhek
  • 14) peswardhek
  • 15) pymthek
  • 16) hwetek
  • 17) seytek
  • 18) etek
  • 19) nownsek
  • 20) ugens
  • 30) deg warn ugens
  • 40) dew-ugens
  • 50) deg ha dew-ugens
  • 60) tri-ugens
  • 70) deg ha tri-ugens
  • 80) peswar-ugens
  • 90) deg ha peswar-ugens
  • 100) kans
  • 1,000) mil
  • one million) milvil
  • one billion) unn bilyon
  • one trillion) unn trilyon

Numbers in Cornish: Cornish numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits from zero to nine are rendered by specific words: mann [0], unan (or unn when followed by a noun) [1], dew / diw (masculine/feminine) [2], tri / teyr (masculine/feminine) [3], peswar / peder (masculine/feminine) [4], pymp [5], hwegh [6], seyth [7], eth [8], and naw [9].
  • The tens are following a vigesimal system (based on twenty): deg [10], ugens [20], deg warn ugens (10 over 20) [30], dew-ugens (2*20) [40], hanterkans (half-hundred) or deg ha dew-ugens (10+2*20) [50], tri-ugens (3*20) [60], deg ha tri-ugens (10+3*20) [70], peswar-ugens (4*20) [80], and deg ha peswar-ugens (10+4*20) [90].
  • Teens are formed by starting with the unit, directly followed by the root of the word for ten (deg): unnek [11], dewdhek [12], tredhek [13], peswardhek [14], pymthek [15], hwetek [16], seytek [17], etek [18], and nownsek [19].
  • Compound numbers from twenty-one to thirty-nine are formed starting with the unit or the teen, followed by the particle warn (over), then the ten (e.g.: eth warn ugens [28], pymthek warn ugens [35]).
  • Compound numbers from forty-one to ninety-nine are formed starting with the unit or the teen, followed by the particle ha (and), then the ten (e.g.: seytek ha dew-ugens [47], unnek ha peswar-ugens [91]).
  • Hundreds are formed by stating the multiplier digit before the word for hundred (kans), except for one hundred: kans [100], daou kans [200], tri kans [300], peswar kans [400], pymp kans [500], hwegh kans [600], seyth kans [700], eth kans [800], and naw kans [900].
  • Thousands are formed by stating the multiplier digit before the word for thousand (mil or vil), except for one thousand: mil [1,000], diw vil [2,000], tri mil [3,000], peswar mil [4,000], pymp mil [5,000], hwegh mil [6,000], seyth mil [7,000], eth mil [8,000], and naw mil [9,000].
  • The word for million is milvil (a thousand thousand) or milyon, then we get bilyon (109, billion) and trilyon (1012, trillion).
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