Numbers in Laz

Learn numbers in Laz

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

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 Laz?

The Laz language (lazuri, or ლაზური ნენა in the Georgian alphabet) belongs to the Kartvelian languages family, and more specifically to its Zan branch. Spoken by the Laz people on the southeastern shore of the Black Sea in both Turkey and Georgia, the Laz language counts about 30,000 speakers. Laz counts five major dialects: Xopuri, Viǯur-Arkabuli, Çxaluri, Atinuri, and Art̆aşenuri. Laz has a written form in Turkey since 1984, developed by Fahri Lazoğlu and Wolfgang Feurstein, using an alphabet based on the Turkish alphabet. It can be written in the Mkhedruli script, or Georgian alphabet.

List of numbers in Laz

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

  • 1) ar
  • 2) jur
  • 3) sum
  • 4) otxo
  • 5) xut
  • 6) aşi
  • 7) şkvit
  • 8) ovro
  • 9) çxoro
  • 10) vit
  • 11) vitoar
  • 12) vitojur
  • 13) vitosum
  • 14) vitotxo
  • 15) vitoxut
  • 16) vitoaşi
  • 17) vitoşkvit
  • 18) vitoovro
  • 19) vitoçxoro
  • 20) eçi
  • 30) eçidovit
  • 40) jurneçi
  • 50) jurneçidovit
  • 60) sumeneçi
  • 70) sumeneçidovit
  • 80) otxoneçi
  • 90) otxoneçidovit
  • 100) oşi
  • 1,000) şilya

Numbers in Laz: Laz numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits from zero to nine are rendered by specific words, namely sufuri [0] (from the Turkish sıfır), ar [1], jur (or cur) [2], sum [3], otxo [4], xut [5], aşi [6], şkvit (or şkit, şk’it, şǩit) [7], ovro [8], and çxoro (or nçxoro) [9].
  • The Laz language uses a vigesimal system for its tens: vit [10], eçi [20], eçidovit [30] (literally twenty and ten, 10+20), jurneçi [40] (2*20), jurneçidovit [50] (2*20+10), sumeneçi [60] (3*20), sumeneçidovit [70] (3*20+10), otxoneçi [80] (4*20), and otxoneçidovit [90] (4*20+10).
  • Compound numbers are formed starting with the ten, directly followed by the conjunction do or o if the ten ends with a t, and the unit (e.g.: vitoxut [15], eçidoşkvit [27], otxoneçidovitoçxoro [99]).
  • Hundreds are formed starting by the multiplier unit, followed by the word for hundred (oşi), separated with a space, except for one hundred: oşi [100], jur oşi [200], sum oşi [300], otxo oşi [400], xut oşi [500], aşi oşi [600], şkvit oşi [700], ovro oşi [800], and çxoro oşi [900].
  • Thousands are formed starting by the multiplier unit, followed by the word for thousand (şilya), separated with a space, except for one thousand: şilya [1,000], jur şilya [2,000], sum şilya [3,000], otxo şilya [4,000], xut şilya [5,000], aşi şilya [6,000], şkvit şilya [7,000], ovro şilya [8,000], and çxoro şilya [9,000]. Another word for thousand exists: vitoşi, literally ten hundred.
  • Higher scale numbers names come from Turkish: milyon (plural: milyoni) [million, 106], milyar (plural: milyari) [billion, 109], and trilyon (plural: trilyoni) [trillion, 1012].
  • Novus ortus: The awakening of Laz language in Turkey (pdf), by Nurdan Kavakli (2015)
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