Numbers in Oromo

Learn numbers in Oromo

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

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 Oromo?

Language belonging to the Cushitic family, Oromo (also known as Afaan Oromoo or Oromiffa), is spoken by the Oromo people, mainly in Ethiopia, but also in Kenya. It counts about 35 million speakers, hence the third most spoken language in Africa.Due to lack of data, we can only count accurately up to 1,000 in Oromo. Please contact me if you can help me counting up from that limit.

List of numbers in Oromo

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

  • 1) tokko
  • 2) lama
  • 3) sadi
  • 4) afur
  • 5) shan
  • 6) jaya
  • 7) torba
  • 8) saddeet
  • 9) sagal
  • 10) khudan
  • 11) khuda-tokko
  • 12) khuda-lama
  • 13) khuda-sadi
  • 14) khuda-afur
  • 15) khuda-shan
  • 16) khuda-jaya
  • 17) khuda-torba
  • 18) khuda-saddeet
  • 19) khuda-sagal
  • 20) digdama
  • 30) soddoma
  • 40) afurtama
  • 50) shantama
  • 60) jaatama
  • 70) torbatama
  • 80) saddeetama
  • 90) sagaltama
  • 100) dhibba
  • 1,000) kuma

Numbers in Oromo: Oromo numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits from zero to nine are specific words, namely duwwa [0], tokko [1], lama [2], sadi [3], afur [4], shan [5], jaya [6], torba [7], saddeet [8], and sagal [9].
  • The tens are formed by adding the suffix -(a)tama to the matching multiplier digit root, with the exception of ten, twenty and thirty: khudan [10], digdama [20], soddoma [30], afurtama [40], shantama [50], jaatama [60], torbatama [70], saddeetama [80], and sagaltama [90].
  • Composed numbers from eleven to ninety-one are constructed by saying the modified ten first, followed by the digit separated with a hyphen. The composed ten either looses its ending -n (khudan [10] gives khuda-tokko [11]) or sees its ending modified from -a to -ii (digdama [20] gives digdamii-lama [22]).
  • The word for hundred is dhibba, and the word for thousand is kuma.
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