Numbers in Sango

Learn numbers in Sango

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

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 Sango?

The Sango language (Sängö) is a Ngbandi-based creole that belongs to the Ubangian languages of the Niger–Congo languages family. At the same time lingua franca and official language of the Central African Republic, Sango is a tonal language with three tones (high, mid and low, respectively noted by a circumflex, a diaeresis, and no diacritic sign). It counts about 400,000 speakers of native language, and 5 million speakers as second language.

List of numbers in Sango

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

  • 1) ôko
  • 2) ûse
  • 3) otâ
  • 4) usïö
  • 5) ukü
  • 6) omënë
  • 7) mbâsâmbâlâ
  • 8) miombe
  • 9) gümbâyä
  • 10) balë ôko
  • 11) balë ôko na ôko
  • 12) balë ôko na ûse
  • 13) balë ôko na otâ
  • 14) balë ôko na usïö
  • 15) balë ôko na ukü
  • 16) balë ôko na omënë
  • 17) balë ôko na mbâsâmbâlâ
  • 18) balë ôko na miombe
  • 19) balë ôko na gümbâyä
  • 20) balë ûse
  • 30) balë otâ
  • 40) balë usïö
  • 50) balë ukü
  • 60) balë omënë
  • 70) balë mbâsâmbâlâ
  • 80) balë miombe
  • 90) balë gümbâyä
  • 100) ngbangbo ôko
  • 1,000) sâke ôko
  • one million) kûtu ôko

Numbers in Sango: Sango numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits from zero to nine are specific words, namely pärä [0] (which also means egg), ôko [1], ûse [2], otâ [3], usïö [4], ukü [5], omënë [6], mbâsâmbâlâ [7] (or mbârâmbârâ), miombe [8], and gümbâyäwen [9].
  • The tens are formed by setting the word balë before the multiplier digit separated with a space: balë ôko [10], balë ûse [20], balë otâ [30], balë usïö [40], balë ukü [50], balë omënë [60], balë mbâsâmbâlâ [70], balë miombe [80], and balë gümbâyäwen [90].
  • Compound tens are formed by saying the ten, then the conjunction na (meaning and/with), and the unit (e.g.: balë ôko na ukü [15], balë ukü na otâ [53]).
  • The hundreds are built stating the multiplier digit after the word for hundred (ngbangbo): ngbangbo ôko [100], ngbangbo ûse [200], ngbangbo otâ [300], ngbangbo usïö [400], ngbangbo ukü [500], ngbangbo omënë [600], ngbangbo mbâsâmbâlâ [700], ngbangbo miombe [800], and ngbangbo gümbâyäwen [900].
  • The thousands follow the same structure, the word for thousand being sâke (or sâki, which means bag) : sâke ôko [1,000], sâke ûse [2,000], sâke otâ [3,000], sâke usïö [4,000], sâke ukü [5,000], sâke omënë [6,000], sâke mbâsâmbâlâ [7,000], sâke miombe [8,000], and sâke gümbâyäwen [9,000].
  • In compound numbers, each group of digits (tens, hundreds, thousands, millions) is linked with na (e.g.: ngbangbo mbâsâmbâlâ na balë ûse na otâ [723], sâke otâ na ngbangbo usïö na balë gümbâyä na omënë [3,496]).
  • The word for million is kûtu.
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