Numbers in Marshallese

Learn numbers in Marshallese

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

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 Marshallese?

The Marshallese language (Kajin M̧ajeļ or Kajin Majōl), also known as Ebon, is a Micronesian language that belongs to the Austronesian language family. It is spoken in the Marshall Islands, an island country and an associated state of the United States near the equator in the Pacific Ocean, and also in Nauru and the United States. It counts about 50,000 speakers. Marshallese has two major dialects: Rālik (western) and Ratak (eastern), which correspond to the two major archipelagos.Due to lack of data, we can only count accurately up to 999,999 in Marshallese. Please contact me if you can help me counting up from that limit.

List of numbers in Marshallese

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

  • 1) juon
  • 2) ruo
  • 3) jilu
  • 4) emän
  • 5) ļalem
  • 6) jiljino
  • 7) jimjuon
  • 8) ralitök
  • 9) ratimjuon
  • 10) joñoul
  • 11) joñoul juon
  • 12) joñoul ruo
  • 13) joñoul jilu
  • 14) joñoul emän
  • 15) joñoul ļalem
  • 16) joñoul jiljino
  • 17) joñoul jimjuon
  • 18) joñoul ralitök
  • 19) joñoul ratimjuon
  • 20) roñoul
  • 30) jilñoul
  • 40) eñoul
  • 50) lemñoul
  • 60) jiljinoñoul
  • 70) jimjuoñoul
  • 80) ralitoñoul
  • 90) ratimjuoñoul
  • 100) jibukwi
  • 1,000) juon taujin

Numbers in Marshallese: Marshallese numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits from one to nine are rendered by specific words, namely juon [1], ruo [2], jilu [3], emän [4], ļalem [5], jiljino [6], jimjuon [7], ralitök [8], and ratimjuon [9].
  • Tens are formed starting with the root of the multiplier digit, followed by the end of the word for ten (joñoul), except for ten itself: joñoul [10], roñoul [20], jilñoul [30], eñoul [40], lemñoul [50], jiljinoñoul [60], jimjuoñoul [70], ralitoñoul [80], and ratimjuoñoul [90].
  • Compound numbers are formed starting with the ten, then the unit separated with a space (e.g.: roñoul jiljino [26], ratimjuoñoul ļalem [95]).
  • Hundreds are formed starting with the root of the multiplier digit, directly followed by the end of word for hundred (bukwi), with no space: jibukwi [100], rubukwi [200], jilubukwi [300], eabukwi [400], limabukwi [500], jiljinobukwi [600], jimjuonbukwi [700], ralitökbukwi [800], and ratimjuonbukwi [900].
  • Thousands are formed starting with the multiplier digit, followed by the word for thousand (taujin), separated with a space: juon taujin [1,000], ruo taujin [2,000], jilu taujin [3,000], emän taujin [4,000], ļalem taujin [5,000], jiljino taujin [6,000], jimjuon taujin [7,000], ralitök taujin [8,000], and ratimjuon taujin [9,000].
  • Peace Corps Marshall Islands. Marshallese Language Training Manual, Richard Cook, 1992
  • Numbers in different languages