Numbers in Kali’na

Learn numbers in Kali’na

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

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 Kali’na?

The Kali’na language (also known as Carib, Cariña, Galibi or Maraworno) is an Amerindian language belonging to the Cariban language family. It is spoken on the coast band from Venezuela to Brazil, through Guyana, Suriname, and French Guyana. Kali’na counts about 10,000 speakers.Due to lack of data, we can only count accurately up to 400 in Kali’na. Please contact me if you can help me counting up from that limit.

List of numbers in Kali’na

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

  • 1) òwin
  • 2) oko
  • 3) oruwa
  • 4) okupàen
  • 5) ainatone
  • 6) òwin-tòima
  • 7) oko-tòima
  • 8) oruwa-tòima
  • 9) okupàen-tòima
  • 10) ainapatoro
  • 11) ainapatoro itùponaka òwin
  • 12) ainapatoro itùponaka oko
  • 13) ainapatoro itùponaka oruwa
  • 14) ainapatoro itùponaka okupàen
  • 15) atonèpu
  • 16) ainapatoro itùponaka òwin-tòima
  • 17) ainapatoro itùponaka oko-tòima
  • 18) ainapatoro itùponaka oruwa-tòima
  • 19) ainapatoro itùponaka okupàen-tòima
  • 20) òwin-karìna
  • 30) òwin-karìna itùponaka ainapatoro
  • 40) oko-karìna
  • 50) oko-karìna itùponaka ainapatoro
  • 60) oruwa-karìna
  • 70) oruwa-karìna itùponaka ainapatoro
  • 80) okupàen-karìna
  • 90) okupàen-karìna itùponaka ainapatoro
  • 100) ainatone-karìna

Numbers in Kali’na: Kali’na numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits from one to four are specific words, five being the turning point (meaning one hand), and digits beyond five, from six to nine, are formed by adding the four first ones to five: òwin [1], oko [2], oruwa [3], okupàen / okupaime [4], ainatone [5], òwin-tòima [6] (5 plus 1), oko-tòima [7] (5 plus 2), oruwa-tòima [8] (5 plus 3), and okupàen-tòima [9] (5 plus 4). The second form of four, okupaime, litterally means “2 times 2” (from oko, two, pai, times, and me, as).
  • Tens follow a vigesimal system: ainapatoro [10] (litterally, two hands), òwin-karìna [20] (one man), òwin-karìna itùponaka ainapatoro [30] (20+10, or one man and two hands), oko-karìna [40] (2*20), oko-karìna itùponaka ainapatoro [50] (2*20+10), oruwa-karìna [60] (3*20), oruwa-karìna itùponaka ainapatoro [70] (3*20+10), okupàen-karìna [80] (4*20), and okupàen-karìna itùponaka ainapatoro [90] (4*20+10).
  • Compound numbers are formed by adding the digit to the ten with the word itùponaka (on top of it): ainapatoro itùponaka oko [12], oko-karìna itùponaka ainapatoro itùponaka okupàen [54].
  • One hundred is ainatone-karìna, meaning five men, or five times twenty. All multiples of twenty are built the same way: oruwa-karìna [60] (3 times 20), oruwa-tòima-karìna [160] (8 times 20), ainapatoro-karìna [200] (10 times 20), ainapatoro-itùponaka-okupàen-karìna [280] (14 times 20)… karìna-karìna or karìna-tòima-karìna [400] (20 times 20)…
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