Numbers in Soninke

Learn numbers in Soninke

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

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 Soninke?

The Soninke language (sooninkanxanne) belongs to the mande family. It is mainly spoken in Mali, and also in Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Mauritania, Guinea-Bissau, and Guinea. National language in Mali, Senegal, and Mauritania, Soninke counts about one million speakers.

List of numbers in Soninke

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

  • 1) baane
  • 2) fillo
  • 3) sikko
  • 4) naxato
  • 5) karago
  • 6) tumu
  • 7) ñeru
  • 8) segu
  • 9) kabu
  • 10) tanmu
  • 11) tanmu do baane
  • 12) tanmu do fillo
  • 13) tanmu do sikko
  • 14) tanmu do naxato
  • 15) tanmu do karago
  • 16) tanmu do tumu
  • 17) tanmu do ñeru
  • 18) tanmu do segu
  • 19) tanmu do kabu
  • 20) tanfille
  • 30) tanjikke
  • 40) tannaxate
  • 50) tankarage
  • 60) tandume
  • 70) tanñere
  • 80) tansege
  • 90) tankabe
  • 100) kame
  • 1,000) wujjuune
  • one million) miliyo
  • one billion) miliyaari

Numbers in Soninke: Soninke numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits from one to nine are specific words, namely baane [1], fillo [2], sikko [3], naxato [4], karago [5], tumu [6], ñeru [7], segu [8], and kabu [9].
  • Tens are formed by setting the prefix tan before the multiplier digit, with some exceptions: tanmu [10], tanfille [20], tanjikke [30], tannaxate [40], tankarage [50], tandume [60], tanñere [70], tansege [80], and tankabe [90].
  • Compound numbers are formed by saying the ten, then the coordinator do, and the unit (e.g.: tanmu do segu [18], tankarage do naxato [54]).
  • Hundreds are formed by setting the multiplier digit after the hundred word (singular kame, plural kamo). Besides, the plural form of the multiplier digit is used, i.e. filli [2], sikki [3], naxati [4], karagi [5], tumi [6], ñeri [7], segi [8], and kabi [9]. Thus, we obtain: kame [100] (singular, without multiplier unit), kamo filli [200] (both plural), kamo sikki [300], kamo naxati [400], kamo karagi [500], kamo tumi [600], kamo ñeri [700], kamo segi [800], and kamo kabi [900].
  • Higher scale numbers are formed the same way as the hundreds. The word for thousand is wujjuune (plural, wujjuunu), loan-word from the Pulaar language; the word for million is miliyo (plural, miliyonu), loan-word from the French million; the word for billion is miliyaari (plural, miliyaarinu), loan-word from the French milliard, meaning billion (e.g.: wujjuune [1,000], wujjuunu sikki [3,000], miliyonu naxati [4,000,000], miliyaarinu karagi [5 billion]).
  • Each group of numbers is linked to the others with do (and), tens and units, but also hundreds and tens, thousands and hundreds… (e.g.: tanfille do sikko [23], kame do tankarage [150], wujjuune do kamo filli do tanjikke do naxato [1,234]).
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