Numbers in Rapa Nui

Learn numbers in Rapa Nui

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

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 Rapa Nui?

Rapa Nui, also known as Rapanui, Pascuan, or Pascuense, belongs to the Austronesian language family, and more specifically to the Eastern Polynesian group. It is spoken on the island of Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, which belongs to Chile, and counts about one thousand native speakers.

List of numbers in Rapa Nui

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

  • 1) tahi
  • 2) rua
  • 3) toru
  • 4)
  • 5) rima
  • 6) ono
  • 7) hitu
  • 8) va’u
  • 9) iva
  • 10) ho’e ’ahuru
  • 11) ho’e ’ahuru mā ho’e
  • 12) ho’e ’ahuru mā piti
  • 13) ho’e ’ahuru mā toru
  • 14) ho’e ’ahuru mā maha
  • 15) ho’e ’ahuru mā pae
  • 16) ho’e ’ahuru mā ono
  • 17) ho’e ’ahuru mā hitu
  • 18) ho’e ’ahuru mā va’u
  • 19) ho’e ’ahuru mā iva
  • 20) piti ’ahuru
  • 30) toru ’ahuru
  • 40) maha ’ahuru
  • 50) pae ’ahuru
  • 60) ono ’ahuru
  • 70) hitu ’ahuru
  • 80) va’u ’ahuru
  • 90) iva ’ahuru
  • 100) ho’e hānere
  • 1,000) ho’e ta’utini

Numbers in Rapa Nui: Rapa Nui numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits from one to nine are rendered by specific words, namely tahi [1], rua [2], toru [3], [4], rima [5], ono [6], hitu [7], va’u [8], and iva [9]. Some digits take an alternative form borrowed from Tahitian when compound: ho’e [1], piti [2], maha [4], and pae [5].
  • Tens are formed starting with the multiplier digit, followed by the word for ten (’ahuru, borrowed from Tahitian): ho’e ’ahuru [10], piti ’ahuru [20], toru ’ahuru [30], maha ’ahuru [40], pae ’ahuru [50], ono ’ahuru [60], hitu ’ahuru [70], va’u ’ahuru [80], and iva ’ahuru [90].
  • Compound numbers are formed starting with the ten, followed by the particle (and, with), and the unit (e.g.: piti ’ahuru mā ho’e [21], ono ’ahuru mā toru [63]).
  • Hundreds are formed starting with the multiplier digit, followed by the word for hundred (hānere, borrowed from Tahitian): ho’e hānere [100], piti hānere [200], toru hānere [300], maha hānere [400], pae hānere [500], ono hānere [600], hitu hānere [700], va’u hānere [800], and iva hānere [900].
  • Thousands are formed starting with the multiplier digit, followed by the word for thousand (ta’utini, from the Tahitian tauatini): ho’e ta’utini [1,000], piti ta’utini [2,000], toru ta’utini [3,000], maha ta’utini [4,000], pae ta’utini [5,000], ono ta’utini [6,000], hitu ta’utini [7,000], va’u ta’utini [8,000], and iva ta’utini [9,000].
  • In compound numbers between hundreds and tens, and between thousands and hundreds, the particle e can be used, but this is not obligatory (e.g.: ho’e hānere (e) piti ’ahuru [120], ho’e ta’utini (e) hitu hānere (e) piti ’ahuru mā piti [1,722]).
  • A grammar of Rapa Nui, by Paulus Kievit (Saint Philip Street Press, 2020)
  • Numbers in different languages