Chichewa numbers

How to count in Chichewa (Chicheŵa), a Bantu language spoken in Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Bostwana.

Numbers in Chichewa take different suffixes depending on what you're counting. For example, one child is mwana mmodzi, one book = buku limodzi, and one time = nthawi imodzi

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Numeral Cardinal Ordinal
0 ziro
1 -modzi -yamba
2 -wiri -chiwiri
3 -tatu -chitatu
4 -nayi -chinayi
5 -sanu -chisanu
6 -sanu ndi -modzi -chisanu ndi chimodzi
7 -sanu ndi -wiri -chisanu ndi chiwiri
8 -sanu ndi -tatu -chisanu ndi chitatu
9 -sanu ndi -nayi -chisanu ndi chinayi
10 -khumi -chikhumi
11 khumi ndi m'modzi -chikhumi ndi chimodzi
12 khumi ndi mphambu ziwiri -khumi ndi chiwiri
13 khumi ndi mphambu zitatu
14 khumi ndi -nayi
15 khumi ndi -sanu
16 khumi ndi mphambu zisanu ndi imodzi
17 khumi ndi mphambu zisanu ndi ziwiri
18 khumi ndi mphambu zisanu ndi zitatu
19 humi ndi zisanu ndi mphambu zinayi
20 makumi awiri
30 makumi atatu
40 makumi anayi
50 makumi asanu
60 akumi asanu ndi limodzi
70 mmi asanu ndi awiri
80 makumi asanu ndi atatu
90 makumi asanu ndi anayi
100 makumi khumi
1,000 chikwi\zi-
1,000,000 nambala ya maziro asanu ndi limodzi


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