Numbers in Maltese

Learn numbers in Maltese

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

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 Maltese?

The Maltese language (Malti) is a Central Semitic language. It descends from Siculo-Arabic (or Sicilian Arabic), and has been influenced by Sicilian and Italian, and to a lesser extent by French and English. Co-official language of the Republic of Malta, alongside English, it counts about 520,000 speakers.

List of numbers in Maltese

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

  • 1) wieħed
  • 2) tnejn
  • 3) tlieta
  • 4) erbgħa
  • 5) ħamsa
  • 6) sitta
  • 7) sebgħa
  • 8) tmienja
  • 9) disgħa
  • 10) għaxra
  • 11) ħdax
  • 12) tnax
  • 13) tlettax
  • 14) erbatax
  • 15) ħmistax
  • 16) sittax
  • 17) sbatax
  • 18) tmintax
  • 19) dsatax
  • 20) għoxrin
  • 30) tletin
  • 40) erbgħin
  • 50) ħamsin
  • 60) sittin
  • 70) sebgħin
  • 80) tmenin
  • 90) disgħin
  • 100) mija
  • 1,000) elf
  • one million) miljun

Numbers in Maltese: Maltese numbering rules

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

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

  • Maltese digits from zero to nine are rendered by specific words, namely żero [0], wieħed/waħda (m/f) [1], tnejn [2], tlieta [3], erbgħa [4], ħamsa [5], sitta [6], sebgħa [7], tmienja [8], and disgħa [9].
  • From eleven to nineteen, numbers are formed starting with unit root (except for eleven, though), followed by a form of the word for ten ((d)ax or (t)ax): ħdax [11], tnax [12], tlettax [13], erbatax [14], ħmistax [15], sittax [16], sbatax [17], tmintax [18], and dsatax [19].
  • The tens are formed with the root of the multiplier digit, suffixed with in, except for ten and twenty which are irregular: għaxra [10], għoxrin [20], tletin [30], erbgħin [40], ħamsin [50], sittin [60], sebgħin [70], tmenin [80], and disgħin [90].
  • Compound numbers are formed by stating the unit first, then the word u (and), and the ten, separated with spaces (e.g.: erbgħa u għoxrin [24], tmienja u sebgħin [78]).
  • The hundreds are formed starting with the root of the multiplier unit, followed by the word for hundred (mija), separated with spaces, except for one hundred and two hundred: mija [100], mitejn [200], tliet mija [300], erba’ mija [400], hames mija [500], sitt mija [600], seba’ mija [700], tminn mija [800], and disa’ mija [900].
  • The thousands are formed starting with the root of the multiplier unit, followed by the word for thousand (elf in singular, elef in plural), separated with spaces, except for one thousand and two thousand: elf [1,000], elfejn [2,000], tlitt elef [3,000], erbat elef [4,000], ħamest elef [5,000], sitt elef [6,000], sebat elef [7,000], tmint elef [8,000], and disat elef [9,000].
  • The word for million is miljun.
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