Numbers in Indonesian

Learn numbers in Indonesian

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

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 Indonesian?

The Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonesia) belongs to the Austronesian family, and more specifically to the Malayan group. Official national language of Indonesia, it counts about 25 million native speakers.

List of numbers in Indonesian

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

  • 1) satu
  • 2) dua
  • 3) tiga
  • 4) empat
  • 5) lima
  • 6) enam
  • 7) tujuh
  • 8) delapan
  • 9) sembilan
  • 10) sepuluh
  • 11) sebelas
  • 12) dua belas
  • 13) tiga belas
  • 14) empat belas
  • 15) lima belas
  • 16) enam belas
  • 17) tujuh belas
  • 18) delapan belas
  • 19) sembilan belas
  • 20) dua puluh
  • 30) tiga puluh
  • 40) empat puluh
  • 50) lima puluh
  • 60) enam puluh
  • 70) tujuh puluh
  • 80) delapan puluh
  • 90) sembilan puluh
  • 100) seratus
  • 1,000) seribu
  • one million) sejuta
  • one billion) milyar
  • one trillion) seribu milyar

Numbers in Indonesian: Indonesian numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits from zero to nine are specific words, namely kosong [0], satu [1], dua [2], tiga [3], empat [4], lima [5], enam [6], tujuh [7], delapan [8], and sembilan [9].
  • Numbers from eleven to nineteen are built by saying the unit then the belas word (quite equivalent to “-teen”), separated by a space, with the exception of eleven: sebelas [11] (se- meaning one), dua belas [12], tiga belas [13], empat belas [14], lima belas [15], enam belas [16], tujuh belas [17], delapan belas [18], and sembilan belas [19].
  • The tens are built from the multiplier number, followed by the word puluh, separated by a space, with the exception of ten: sepuluh [10] (se- meaning one), dua puluh [20], tiga puluh [30], empat puluh [40], lima puluh [50], enam puluh [60], tujuh puluh [70], delapan puluh [80], and sembilan puluh [90].
  • From twenty-one to ninety-nine, the numbers are built by saying the ten, then the digit separated by a space (e.g.: tiga puluh empat [34], enam puluh tujuh [67]).
  • The hundreds are built the same way as the tens, using the hundred word (ratus): sepuluh [100] (se- for one), dua ratus [200], tiga ratus [300]… The thousands follow the same structure, the word for thousand being ribu: seribu [1,000] (same prefix se-), dua ribu [2,000], tiga ribu [3,000]…
  • One million is said sejuta, then we have milyar (109, billion), and seribu milyar (1012, trillion).
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