Numbers in Dagbani

Learn numbers in Dagbani

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

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 Dagbani?

Dagbani (Dagbanli), also known as Dagbane or Dagbanle, is a Niger-Congo language that belongs to the Gur language branch. It is spoken in the Kingdom of Dagbon in Ghana by the Dagomba people. Minimally tonal, but also inflective, Dagbani is written with the Latin alphabet, plus a few added letters (ɛ, ɣ, ŋ, ɔ, and ʒ) and digraphs (ch, gb, kp, ŋm, sh and ny). Dagbani counts about 3.1 million speakers.Due to lack of data, we can only count accurately up to 100 in Dagbani. Please contact me if you can help me counting up from that limit.

List of numbers in Dagbani

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

  • 1) n-daam
  • 2) n-yi
  • 3) n-ta
  • 4) n-nahi
  • 5) n-nu
  • 6) n-yobu
  • 7) m-pɔi
  • 8) n-nii
  • 9) n-wei
  • 10) pia
  • 11) pia ni yini
  • 12) pia ni ayi
  • 13) pia ni ata
  • 14) pia ni anahi
  • 15) pia ni anu
  • 16) pia ni ayobu
  • 17) pia ni apɔi
  • 18) pishi ayi ka
  • 19) pishi yini ka
  • 20) pishi
  • 30) pihita
  • 40) pihinahi
  • 50) pihinu
  • 60) pihiyobu
  • 70) pisopɔi
  • 80) pihinii
  • 90) pihiwei
  • 100) kɔbiga

Numbers in Dagbani: Dagbani numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits from one to nine are rendered by specific words, namely n-daam [1], n-yi [2], n-ta [3], n-nahi [4], n-nu [5], n-yobu [6], m-pɔi [7], n-nii [8], and n-wei [9].
  • Tens are formed starting with the root of the word for ten (pi), directly followed by -hi- and the multiplier unit without its n- prefix, except for ten and seventy, irregular: pia [10], pishi [20], pihita [30], pihinahi [40], pihinu [50], pihiyobu [60], pisopɔi [70], pihinii [80], and pihiwei [90].
  • Compound numbers with the unit one to seven are formed starting with the ten, followed by the conjunction ni and the unit separated with a space (e.g.: pia ni anu [15], pihinu ni ata [53]). Please note that daily counting numbers from one to seven are used in compound numbers, namely yini [1], ayi [2], ata [3], anahi [4], anu [5], ayobu [6], and apɔi [7].
  • Compound numbers with the unit eight or nine are formed substractively from the following ten, followed by the word for two or one, and the word ka: pishi ayi ka [18] (litterally 20 2 missing), pihita yini ka [29] (30 1 missing).
  • The word for hundred is kɔbiga [100].
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