Numbers in Bemba

Information about counting in Bemba (Chibemba), a Bantu language spoken in mainly in the northeast of Zambia, and also in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Numeral Cardinal numbers
1 mo
2 bili
3 tatu
4 ne
5 sano
6 mutanda
7 chine lubali
8 chine konse konse
9 pabula
10 ikumi, ikumi limo
11 ikumi na kamo
12 ikumi na tubili
13 ikumi na tutatu
14 ikumi na tune
15 ikumi na tusano
16 ikumi na mutanda
17 ikumi na cine lubali
18 ikumi na cine konse konse
19 ikumi na pabula
20 ama kumi yabili
21 ama kumi yabili na kamo
22 ama kumi yabili na tubili
23 ama kumi yabili na tutatu
24 ama kumi yabili tune
25 ama kumi yabili tusano
26 ama kumi yabili tusano
27 ama kumi yabili lubali
28 ama kumi yabili cine konse konse
29 ama kumi yabili na pabula
30 ama kumi yatatu
40 amakumi yane
50 amakumi yasano
60 amakumi mutanda
70 amakumi cine lubali
80 amakumi cine konse konse
90 amakumi pabula
100 umwanda umo
200 imyanda ibili
300 imyanda itatu
1,000 ikana limo
2,000 amakana yabili
3,000 amakana yatatu
1,000,000 amakana ikana limo
umuntapendwa umo ("one uncountable")

Notes

The numbers 1-5 take different prefixes depending on what you're counting. For example, one person is munti umo, one (small thing) is kamo and one (big thing) is cimo.

Hear some Bemba numbers:

When counting above five, Bemba speakers apparently often switch to English.

Information about Bemba numbers
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bemba_language
https://kitweonline.com/kitweonline/discover-kitwe/culture/language/bemba-language-culture/bemba-lessons/learn-how-to-count-in-bemba.html
https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Chibemba_phrasebook

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