Numbers in Kituba

Learn numbers in Kituba

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

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 Kituba?

Kituba, also known as Monokutuba or Munukutuba, is a creole language based on Kongo, or Kikongo, a family of closely related Bantu languages. It is a lingua franca in Central Africa, and an official language in both Republic of the Congo and Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Kituba language counts about 5.4 million speakers.

List of numbers in Kituba

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

  • 1) mósì
  • 2) zóólè
  • 3) tátù
  • 4) yíyà
  • 5) táánù
  • 6) sàmbánù
  • 7) nsàmbwáádì
  • 8) náánà
  • 9) yívwà
  • 10) kúúmì
  • 11) kúúmì nà mósì
  • 12) kúúmì nà zóólè
  • 13) kúúmì nà tátù
  • 14) kúúmì nà yíyà
  • 15) kúúmì nà táánù
  • 16) kúúmì nà sàmbánù
  • 17) kúúmì nà nsàmbwáádì
  • 18) kúúmì nà náánà
  • 19) kúúmì nà yívwà
  • 20) màkúúmì zóólè
  • 30) màkúúmì tátù
  • 40) màkúúmì yíyà
  • 50) màkúúmì táánù
  • 60) màkúúmì sàmbánù
  • 70) màkúúmì nsàmbwáádì
  • 80) màkúúmì náánà
  • 90) màkúúmì yívwà
  • 100) nkámà mósì
  • 1,000) fúúndà mósì

Numbers in Kituba: Kituba numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits from one to nine are rendered by specific words, namely mósì [1], zóólè [2], tátù [3], yíyà [4], táánù [5], sàmbánù [6], nsàmbwáádì [7], náánà [8], and yívwà [9].
  • Tens are formed starting with the word for ten (singular: kúúmì, plural: màkúúmì), followed by the multiplier digit separated with a space, except for ten itself: kúúmì [10], màkúúmì zóólè [20], màkúúmì tátù [30], màkúúmì yíyà [40], màkúúmì táánù [50], màkúúmì sàmbánù [60], màkúúmì nsàmbwáádì [70], màkúúmì náánà [80], and màkúúmì yívwà [90].
  • Compound numbers are formed starting with the ten, then the word separated with spaces, and the unit (e.g.: màkúúmì zóólè nà nsàmbwáádì [27], màkúúmì sàmbánù nà tátù [63], màkúúmì náánà nà táánù [85]).
  • Hundreds are starting with the word for hundred (nkámà), followed by the multiplier digit separated with a space: nkámà mósì [100], nkámà zóólè [200], nkámà tátù [300], nkámà yíyà [400], nkámà táánù [500], nkámà sàmbánù [600], nkámà nsàmbwáádì [700], nkámà náánà [800], and nkámà yívwà [900].
  • Thousands are starting with the word for thousand (fúúndà), followed by the multiplier digit separated with a space: fúúndà mósì [1,000], fúúndà zóólè [2,000], fúúndà tátù [3,000], fúúndà yíyà [4,000], fúúndà táánù [5,000], fúúndà sàmbánù [6,000], fúúndà nsàmbwáádì [7,000], fúúndà náánà [8,000], and fúúndà yívwà [9,000].
  • The word for million is kìfúkù. Millions are formed like hundreds and thousands: kìfúkù mósì [1 million], kìfúkù zóólè [2 millions], kìfúkù tátù [3 millions]…
  • The word for billion (109) is either kyáázì (plural: byáázì), or kìpúnà (plural: bìpúnà). Billions are formed the same way as hundreds, thousands and millions: kyáázì mósì or kìpúnà mósì [1 billion], byáázì zóólè or bìpúnà zóólè [2 billions], byáázì tátù or bìpúnà tátù [3 billions]…
  • Grammaire et lexique Munukutuba, L’Harmattan editions (2009)
  • Numbers in different languages