Numbers in Tahitian

Learn numbers in Tahitian

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

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 Tahitian?

The Tahitian language (Reo Tahiti) belongs to the Austronesian language family, and more specifically, in the Eastern Polynesian languages branch, to the Tahitic languages. Spoken mainly in the Society Islands in French Polynesia, which include the Tahiti island, it counts about 125,000 speakers.

List of numbers in Tahitian

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

  • 1) ho’e
  • 2) piti
  • 3) toru
  • 4) maha
  • 5) pae
  • 6) ono
  • 7) hitu
  • 8) va’u
  • 9) iva
  • 10) ’ahuru
  • 11) ’ahuru ma ho’e
  • 12) ’ahuru ma piti
  • 13) ’ahuru ma toru
  • 14) ’ahuru ma maha
  • 15) ’ahuru ma pae
  • 16) ’ahuru ma ono
  • 17) ’ahuru ma hitu
  • 18) ’ahuru ma va’u
  • 19) ’ahuru ma 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) hanere
  • 1,000) tautini
  • one million) mirioni
  • one billion) miria

Numbers in Tahitian: Tahitian numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits from zero to nine are specific words, namely ’aore [0], ho’e [1], piti [2], toru [3], maha [4], pae [5], ono [6], hitu [7], va’u [8], and iva [9].
  • The tens are formed by setting the multiplier digit before the word for ten (’ahuru), except for ten itself: ’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 by linking the digit to the ten with the ma coordinator, meaning and, with (e.g.: ’ahuru ma piti [12], piti ’ahuru ma pae [25]).
  • The hundreds are formed by setting the multiplier digit before the word for hundred (hanere, derived from the English hundred), except for one hundred itself: hanere [100], piti hanere [200], toru hanere [300], maha hanere [400], pae hanere [500], ono hanere [600], hitu hanere [700], va’u hanere [800], and iva hanere [900].
  • The thousands are formed by setting the multiplier digit before the word for thousand (tautini or tauatini, derived from the English thousand), except for one thousand itself: tautini [1,000], piti tautini [2,000], toru tautini [3,000], maha tautini [4,000], pae tautini [5,000], ono tautini [6,000], hitu tautini [7,000], va’u tautini [8,000], and iva tautini [9,000].
  • The word for million is mirioni (106), and the word for billion is miria (109).
  • Le tahitien de poche, by Louise Peltzer, editors Assimil (2009) (in French)
  • Numbers in different languages