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Numbers in Acholi

How to count in Acholi (Lwo), a Nilo-Saharan language spoken in northern Uganda and southern Sudan

Numeral Cardinal numbers Ordinal numbers
0 jero  
1 acel me acel
2 aryo me aryo
3 adek me adek
4 aŋwen me aŋwen
5 abic me abic
6 abicel me abicel
7 abiro me abiro
8 aboro me aboro
9 aboŋwen me aboŋwen
10 apar me apar
11 apar wiye acel  
12 apar wiye aryo  
13 apar wiye adek  
14 apar wiye aŋwen  
15 apar wiye abic  
16 apar wiye abicel  
17 apar wiye abiro  
18 apar wiye aboro  
19 apar wiye aboŋwen  
20 pyere aryo, pyeraryo  
21 pyere aryo wiye acel  
22 pyere aryo wiye aryo  
23 pyere aryo wiye adek  
24 pyere aryo wiye aŋwen  
25 pyere aryo wiye abic  
26 pyere aryo wiye abicel  
27 pyere aryo wiye abiro  
28 pyere aryo wiye aboro  
29 pyere aryo wiye aboŋwen  
30 pyere adek, pyeradek  
40 pyere aŋwen, pyeraŋwen  
48 pyere aŋwen wiye aboro  
50 pyere abic, pyerabic  
60 pyere abicel, pyerabicel  
66 pyere abicel wiye abicel  
70 pyere abiro, pyerabiro  
80 pyere aboro, pyeraboro  
90 pyere aboŋwen, pyeraboŋwen  
94 pyere aboŋwen wiye aŋwen  
100 miya  
103 miya acel ki adek  
200 miya aryo  
300 miya adek  
400 miya aŋwen  
500 miya abic  
600 miya abicel  
614 miya abicel ki apar wiye aŋwen  
700 miya abiro  
800 miya aboro  
900 miya aboŋwen  
1,000 alip acel , elfu, tuntumiya  
2,000 alip aryo, elfu aryo  
3,000 alip adek, elfu adek  
4,000 alip aŋwen, elfu aŋwen  
4,278 elfu aŋwen ki miya aryo ki pyerabiro wiye aboro,
alip aŋwen ki miya aryo ki pyere abiro wiye aboro
 
5,000 alip abic, elfu abic  
6,000 alip abicel, elfu abicel  
7,000 alip abiro, elfu abiro  
8,000 alip aboro, elfu aboro  
9,000 alip aboŋwen, elfu aboŋwen  
10,000 alip apar, elfu apar  
20,000 alip pyere aryo  
30,000 alip pyere adek  
40,000 alip pyere aŋwen  
50,000 alip pyere abic  
60,000 alip pyere abicel  
70,000 alip pyere abiro  
80,000 alip pyere aboro  
90,000 alip pyere aboŋwen  
100,000 alip miya acel  
once kicel kicel  
twice ki ryo  
thrice tyen adek  

Sources: Acholi Language Manual:
https://www.livelingua.com/peace-corps/acholi/Acholi Language Manual June 2009.pdf
http://www.languagesandnumbers.com/how-to-count-in-acholi/en/ach/

Information compiled by Wolfgang Kuhl

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