Numbers in Purépecha

Learn numbers in Purépecha

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

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 Purépecha?

The Purépucha (P’urhépecha), or Tarascan language, is a language isolate spoken in the Michoacán region of Mexico by the Purépecha people. It counts about 125,000 native speakers.Due to lack of data, we can only count accurately up to 400 in Purépecha. Please contact me if you can help me counting up from that limit.

List of numbers in Purépecha

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

  • 1) ma
  • 2) tsimáni
  • 3) tanímu
  • 4) t’amu
  • 5) iúmu
  • 6) kuímu
  • 7) iúmu tsimáni
  • 8) iúmu tanímu
  • 9) iúmu t’amu
  • 10) témbeni
  • 11) témbeni ma
  • 12) témbeni tsimáni
  • 13) témbeni tanímu
  • 14) témbeni t’amu
  • 15) témbeni iúmu
  • 16) témbeni kuímu
  • 17) témbeni iúmu tsimáni
  • 18) témbeni iúmu tanímu
  • 19) témbeni iúmu t’amu
  • 20) ma ekuátse
  • 30) ma ekuátse témbeni
  • 40) tsimáni ekuátse
  • 50) tsimáni ekuátse témbeni
  • 60) tanímu ekuátse
  • 70) tanímu ekuátse témbeni
  • 80) t’amu ekuátse
  • 90) t’amu ekuátse témbeni
  • 100) iúmu ekuátse

Numbers in Purépecha: Purépecha numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits from one to six are rendered by specific words, and digits seven, eight and nine are based on five: ma [1], tsimáni [2], tanímu [3], t’amu [4], iúmu [5], kuímu [6], iúmu tsimáni [7] (5+2), iúmu tanímu [8] (5+3), and iúmu t’amu [9] (5+4).
  • Purépecha tens follow a very regular vigesimal system, hence based on twenty, with even twenty expressed as “one (time) twenty”: témbeni [10], ma ekuátse [20] (1*20), ma ekuátse témbeni [30] (1*20+10), tsimáni ekuátse [40] (2*20), tsimáni ekuátse témbeni [50] (2*20+10), tanímu ekuátse [60] (3*20), tanímu ekuátse témbeni [70] (3*20+10), t’amu ekuátse [80] (4*20), and t’amu ekuátse témbeni [90] (4*20+10).
  • Compound numbers are formed starting with the ten, then the number from one to nineteen (e.g.: ma ekuátse iúmu [25], tanímu ekuátse témbeni tanímu [73]).
  • The first hundreds are formed based on multiples of twenty: iúmu ekuátse [100] (5*20), témbeni ekuátse [200] (10*20), témbeni iúmu ekuátse [300] (15*20). Four hundred is rendered with its own expression: ma irépita [400].
  • Compound hundreds are formed starting with the hundred, then the ten and the unit, or only the unit (e.g.: iúmu ekuátse ekuátse iúmu t’amu [129], témbeni ekuátse ma [201]).
  • The only attested thousand for the moment is iúmu irépita [2,000] (5*400).
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