Numbers in Bena

Information about counting in Bena (Kibena), a Bantu language spoken in the Iringa Region in the south of Tanzania.

Note: The numbers 1 to 5 are prefixed with class prefixes which depend on the type of noun they are used with. Other numbers are not inflected.

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Numeral Cardinal numbers Ordinal numbers
1 -mwiinga, -mwi wumwiinga, wumwi
2 -vili wuvili
3 -datu wudatu
4 -taaya wutaaya
5 -haanu/-haano wuhaanu/wuhaano
6 mutaanda mutaanda
7 mufang’ati mufang’ati
8 munaana munaana
9 mugoondza mugoondza
10 nyikyumi nyikyumi
11 nyikyumi na -mwiinga
12 nyikyumi na -vili
13 nyikyumi na -datu
14 nyikyumi na -taaye
15 nyikyumi na -haanu
16 nyikyumi na mutaanda
17 nyikyumi na mufung’ati
18 nyikyumi na manuunu
19 nyikyumi na mugoondza
20 makyumi -vili
30 makyumi -datu
40 makyumi -taaye
50 makyumi -haanu
60 makyumi mutaanda
70 makyumi mufung’ati
80 makyumi manuunu
90 makyumi mugoondza
100 ligana
1,000 mbilima

Information about Bena numbers
https://scholarship.rice.edu/handle/1911/70359

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Information about Bena | Numbers

Numbers in Bantu languages

Basaa, Bemba, Bena, Benga, Chichewa, Chokwe, Comorian, Duala, Ewondo, Fang, Gusii, Gwere, Herero, Kamba, Kikuyu, Kimbundu, Kirundi, Kunda, Lingala, Luba-Katanga (Kiluba), Luganda, Luvale, Makhuwa, Maore, Mbunda, Mwani, Ndebele (Southern), Nkore, Northern Sotho, Nyole, Nyungwe, Oshiwambo, Punu, Sengele, Shona, Soga, Southern Sotho, Swahili, Swati, Taita, Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Umbundu, Venda, Xhosa, Yao, Zulu

Numbers in other languages

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