Numbers in Huli

Learn numbers in Huli

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

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 Huli?

Huli belongs to the Engan languages family of Papuan languages of the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Spoken by the Huli people of the Hela Province, it counts about 150,000 native speakers. The Huli language has the specificity of having a pentadecimal (or base-15) numeral system, based on body-parts: Huli people count on their fingers, but also on their chest, ears, eyes and nose.Due to lack of data, we can only count accurately up to 104 in Huli. Please contact me if you can help me counting up from that limit.

List of numbers in Huli

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

  • 1) kira
  • 2) tebira
  • 3) maria
  • 4) duria
  • 5) waragaria
  • 6) karia
  • 7) halira
  • 8) dira
  • 9) pira
  • 10) bearia
  • 11) hombearia
  • 12) haleria
  • 13) deria
  • 14) nguira
  • 15) nguira-ni mbira
  • 16) nguira-ni kira
  • 17) nguira-ni tebira
  • 18) nguira-ni maria
  • 19) nguira-ni duria
  • 20) nguira-ni waragaria
  • 30) ngui ki, ngui tebone-gonaga mbira
  • 40) ngui ki, ngui tebone-gonaga bearia
  • 50) ngui tebo, ngui mane-gonaga waragaria
  • 60) ngui ma, ngui dauni-gonaga mbira
  • 70) ngui ma, ngui dauni-gonaga bearia
  • 80) ngui dau, ngui waragane-gonaga waragaria
  • 90) ngui waraga, ngui kane-gonaga mbira

Numbers in Huli: Huli numbering rules

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

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

  • The Huli language has a pentadecimal numeral system, i.-e. of base fifteen. Thus, we can consider numbers from one to fourteen as digits, and fifteen itself as “ten”. Each number root is suffixed by either -ra or -ria, which denotes an object is counted.
  • Digits from one to fourteen are: mbira [1], kira [2], tebira [3], maria [4], duria [5], waragaria [6], karia [7], halira [8], dira [9], pira [10], bearia [11], hombearia [12], haleria [13], and deria [14].
  • Tens are formed by setting the word for fifteen (ngui), followed by the root of the multiplier digit separated with a space, except for fifteen itself: ngui [15] (1015), ngui ki [30] (15*2, or 2015), ngui tebo [45] (15*3, or 3015), ngui ma [60] (15*4, or 4015), ngui dau [75] (15*5, or 5015), and ngui waraga [90] (15*6, or 6015). We can suppose the system goes on, but we only know the Huli tens up to ninety (in base-10) at the moment.
  • From sixteen (1115) to twenty-nine (1E15), compound numbers are formed by adding the suffix -ni to the fifteen word, followed by the unit separated by a space: nguira-ni mbira [16] (15+1), nguira-ni kira [17] (15+2), nguira-ni tebira [18] (15+3), nguira-ni maria [19], nguira-ni duria [20], nguira-ni waragaria [21], nguira-ni karia [22], nguira-ni halira [23], nguira-ni dira [24], nguira-ni pira [25], nguira-ni bearia [26], nguira-ni hombearia [27], nguira-ni haleria [28], and nguira-ni deria [29] (15+14).
  • From thirty-one (2115) to forty-four (2E15), compound numbers are formed starting with the ten, which literally means “fifteen two”, followed by the expression ngui tebone-gonaga meaning “plus x of the third fifteen”, and the unit (e.g.: ngui ki, ngui tebone-gonaga maria [34] (15*2+4), ngui ki, ngui tebone-gonaga haleria [43]).
  • From forty-six (3115) to fifty-nine (3E15), compound numbers are formed starting with the ten, which literally means “fifteen three”, followed by the expression ngui mane-gonaga meaning “plus x of the fourth fifteen”, and the unit (e.g.: ngui tebo, ngui mane-gonaga tebira [48] (15*3+8), ngui tebo, ngui mane-gonaga hombearia [57]).
  • From sixty-one (4115) to seventy-four (4E15), compound numbers are formed starting with the ten, which literally means “fifteen four”, followed by the expression ngui dauni-gonaga meaning “plus x of the fifth fifteen”, and the unit (e.g.: ngui ma, ngui dauni-gonaga waragaria [66] (15*4+6), ngui ma, ngui dauni-gonaga deria [74]).
  • From seventy-six (5115) to eighty-nine (5E15), compound numbers are formed starting with the ten, which literally means “fifteen five”, followed by the expression ngui waragane-gonaga meaning “plus x of the sixth fifteen”, and the unit (e.g.: ngui dau, ngui waragane-gonaga maria [79] (15*5+4), ngui dau, ngui waragane-gonaga pira [85]).
  • From ninety-one (6115) to one hundred and four (6E15), compound numbers are formed starting with the ten, which literally means “fifteen six”, followed by the expression ngui kane-gonaga meaning “plus x of the seventh fifteen”, and the unit (e.g.: ngui waraga, ngui kane-gonaga karia [97] (15*6+7), ngui waraga, ngui kane-gonaga pira [100]).
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