Numbers in Jakaltek

Learn numbers in Jakaltek

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

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 Jakaltek?

Jakaltek, also known as Poptiʼ, is a Mayan language that belongs to the Qʼanjobalan branch (in the Western branch). It is spoken by the Jakaltek people, mostly in the department of Huehuetenango, Guatemala (in the Huista region: Jacaltenango, Concepción Huista, Petatán, San Antonio Huista, Santa Ana Huista, Nentón, and Cantinil), and also in Chiapas, in southern Mexico. Poptiʼ counts about 40,000 speaker in a population of about 65,000 people.Due to lack of data, we can only count accurately up to 380 in Jakaltek. Please contact me if you can help me counting up from that limit.

List of numbers in Jakaltek

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

  • 1) hune’
  • 2) kab’eb’
  • 3) oxeb’
  • 4) kanheb’
  • 5) howeb’
  • 6) wajeb’
  • 7) hujeb’
  • 8) waxajeb’
  • 9) b’alunheb’
  • 10) lahunheb’
  • 11) hunlahunheb’
  • 12) kab’lahunheb’
  • 13) oxlahunheb’
  • 14) kanhlahunheb’
  • 15) holahunheb’
  • 16) wajlahunheb’
  • 17) hujlahunheb’
  • 18) waxajlahunheb’
  • 19) b’alunhlahunheb’
  • 20) hunk’al
  • 30) lahunheb’ skab’winaj
  • 40) kab’winaj
  • 50) lahunheb’ oxk’al
  • 60) oxk’al
  • 70) lahunheb’ skanhwinaj
  • 80) kanhwinaj
  • 90) lahunheb’ shok’al
  • 100) hok’al

Numbers in Jakaltek: Jakaltek numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits from zero to nine are formed on the digit root with the generic classifier eb’, except for zero and one: tz’in [0], hune’ [1], kab’eb’ [2], oxeb’ [3], kanheb’ [4], howeb’ [5], wajeb’ [6], hujeb’ [7], waxajeb’ [8], and b’alunheb’ [9].
  • Jakaltek follows a vigesimal system (of base 20) for the tens, and more specifically a substractive numeral system, where tens alternate between multiples of twenty (marked with the suffix k’al) and the word for ten followed by the next multiple of twenty (prefixed with an s if it starts with a k or a h): lahunheb’ [10], hunk’al [20] (1*20), lahunheb’ skab’winaj [30] (10 from 40), kab’winaj [40] (2*20), lahunheb’ yoxk’al [50] (10 from 60), oxk’al [60] (3*20), lahunheb’ skanhwinaj [70] (10 from 80), kanhwinaj [80] (4*20), and lahunheb’ shok’al [90] (10 from 100).
  • Compound numbers are formed starting with the number from one to nineteen, followed by the next multiple of twenty, which is prefixed with an s if it starts with a k or a h (e.g.: oxeb’ skab’winaj [23], hujlahunheb’ yoxk’al [57]).
  • The vigesimal system keeps going on after 99, as each multiple of twenty has its own word. One hundred is hok’al [100] (5*20), then we have wajk’al [120] (6*20), hujk’al [140] (7*20), waxajk’al [160] (8*20), b’alunhk’al [180] (9*20), lahunhk’al [200] (10*20), hunlahunhk’al [220] (11*20), kab’lahunhk’al [240] (12*20), oxlahunhk’al [260] (13*20), kanhlahunhk’al [280] (14*20), holahunhk’al [300] (15*20), wajlahunhk’al [320] (16*20), hujlahunhk’al [340] (17*20), waxajlahunhk’al [360] (18*20), and b’alunhlahunhk’al [380] (19*20).
  • Five hundred is hunmotz [500].
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