Numbers in Mwotlap

Learn numbers in Mwotlap

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

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 Mwotlap?

The Mwotlap language (M̄otlap) belongs to the Malayo-Polynesian group (and more specifically to the oceanic sub-group) of the Austronesian family. It is spoken on the island of Motalava in Vanuatu, and counts about 2,100 speakers.

List of numbers in Mwotlap

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

  • 1) vitwag
  • 2) vōyō
  • 3) vētēl
  • 4) vēvet
  • 5) tēvēlēm
  • 6) levete
  • 7) liviyō
  • 8) levetēl
  • 9) levevet
  • 10) son̄wul
  • 11) son̄wul tiwag nanm̄e vitwag
  • 12) son̄wul tiwag nanm̄e vōyō
  • 13) son̄wul tiwag nanm̄e vētēl
  • 14) son̄wul tiwag nanm̄e vēvet
  • 15) son̄wul tiwag nanm̄e tēvēlēm
  • 16) son̄wul tiwag nanm̄e levete
  • 17) son̄wul tiwag nanm̄e liviyō
  • 18) son̄wul tiwag nanm̄e levetēl
  • 19) son̄wul tiwag nanm̄e levevet
  • 20) son̄wul yō
  • 30) son̄wul tēl
  • 40) son̄wul vet
  • 50) son̄wul tēvēlēm
  • 60) son̄wul levete
  • 70) son̄wul liviyō
  • 80) son̄wul levetēl
  • 90) son̄wul levevet
  • 100) m̄eldēl
  • 1,000) tey vag-tiwag
  • one million) tey vag-tey

Numbers in Mwotlap: Mwotlap numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits from on to nine are rendered by specific words: vitwag [1], vōyō [2], vētēl [3], vēvet [4], tēvēlēm [5], levete [6], liviyō [7], levetēl [8], and levevet [9]. The digits from one to four have two forms: a simple form (tiwag, , tēl, and vet) used as multiplier for ten or bigger numbers with the prefix vag- (times), and a prefixed form (vitwag, vōyō, vētēl, and vēvet) used in the other cases (simple or compound unit).
  • We can note in the digits seven, eight and nine the remains of a quinary numeration system: we find the of two in liviyō (seven, or five plus two), the tēl of three in levetēl (eight, or five plus three), and the vet of four in levevet (nine, or five plus four).
  • Tens are formed starting by the word for ten (son̄wul), followed by the multiplier digit (in its simple form), separated with a space: son̄wul [10], son̄wul yō [20], son̄wul tēl [30], son̄wul vet [40], son̄wul tēvēlēm [50], son̄wul levete [60], son̄wul liviyō [70], son̄wul levetēl [80], and son̄wul levevet [90].
  • The compound numbers are formed starting with the ten, followed by the word nanm̄e (plus) and the unit digit (in its prefixed form). From eleven to nineteen, ten is in its long form, i.e. son̄wul tiwag and not only son̄wul, tiwag meaning together. We thus get son̄wul tiwag nanm̄e vitwag [11], son̄wul yō nanm̄e vētēl [23] or son̄wul liviyō nanm̄e vēvet [74].
  • Hundreds are formed starting with the word for hundred (m̄eldēl) followed by the prefix vag- (times) and the simple form of the multiplier digit, except for one hundred itself: m̄eldēl [100], m̄eldēl vag-yō [200] (literally, two times (one) hundred), m̄eldēl vag-tēl [300], m̄eldēl vag-vet [400], m̄eldēl vag-tēvēlēm [500], m̄eldēl vag-levete [600], m̄eldēl vag-liviyō [700], m̄eldēl vag-levetēl [800], and m̄eldēl vag-levevet [900].
  • The compound hundreds, when they don’t have a ten, link the hundred and the unit with the word vēpnegi (eg.: m̄eldēl vag-vet vēpnegi liviyō [407]).
  • Thousands are formed starting with the word for thousand (tey), followed by the prefix vag- (times) and the simple form of the multiplier digit: tey vag-tiwag [1,000], tey vag-yō [2,000] (literally, two times (one) thousand), tey vag-tēl [3,000], tey vag-vet [4,000], tey vag-tēvēlēm [5,000], tey vag-levete [6,000], tey vag-liviyō [7,000], tey vag-levetēl [8,000], and tey vag-levevet [9,000].
  • The thousand multiples are formed by composing the multiplier with the thousand. For instance, [30,000] is tey vag-son̄wul tēl, or thirty times (one) thousand.
  • One million is tey vag-tey, or literally one thousand times one thousand.
  • Contraintes de structures et liberté dans l’organisation du discours. Une description du mwotlap, langue océanienne du Vanuatu, por Alexandre François (.pdf in French), (2001)
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