Numbers in Hausa

Information about counting in Hausa, a Chadic language spoken mainly in northern Nigeria and Niger.

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Numeral Cardinal numbers Ordinal numbers
0 sifiri  
1 ɗaya na fari (m)
na farko (pl)
ta fari (f)
ta farko (pl)
2 biyu na biyu (m)
ta biyu (f)
3 uku na uku (m)
ta uku (f)
4 huɗu
na huɗu (m)
ta huɗu (f)
5 biyar na biyar (m)
ta (f) biyar
6 shida
na shida (m)
ta shida (f)
7 bakwai
na bakwai (m)
ta bakwai (f)
8 takwas
na takwas (m)
ta takwas (f)
9 tara na tara (m)
ta tara (f)
10 goma
gomiya (pl) is sometimes used to express multiples of ten
e.g. gomiya uku (30)
na goma (m)
ta goma (f)
11 (goma) sha ɗaya *) na (goma) sha ɗaya
12 (goma) sha biyu na (goma) sha biyu
13 (goma) sha uku na (goma) sha uku
14 (goma) sha huɗu na (goma) sha huɗu
15 (goma) sha biyar na (goma) sha biyar
16 (goma) sha shida na (goma) sha shida
17 (goma) sha bakwai na (goma) sha bakwai
18 (goma) sha takwas
(goma) sha tokwas
ashirin biyu [gaira] babu **) (lit. 20-2)
na (goma) sha takwas
19 (goma) sha tara
ashirin ɗaya babu (lit. 20-1; babu = minus)
na (goma) sha tara
na ashirin ɗaya babu
20 ashirin
ishirin Note: in counting by twenties hauya and laso (= a score) are especially employed
e.g. hauya uku = sittin (60)
na ashirin
21 ashirin da ɗaya na ashirin da ɗaya
22 ashirin da biyu na ashirin da biyu
23 ashirin da uku na ashirin da uku
24 ashirin da huɗu na ashirin da huɗu
25 ashirin da biyar na ashirin da biyar
26 ashirin da shida na ashirin da shida
27 ashirin da bakwai na ashirin da bakwai
28 ashirin da takwas na ashirin da takwas
29 ashirin da tara na ashirin da tara
30 gomiya uku
talatin (Ar),
na talatin
40 gomiya huɗu
arba’in (Ar)
na arba’in
50 gomiya biyar
hamsin (Ar)
na hamsin
60 gomiya shida
sittin (Ar), hauya uku (lit. 20 x 3)
na sittin
70 gomiya bakwai
saba’in (Ar)
na saba’in
80 gomiya takwas
tamanin (Ar)
na tamanin
90 gomiya tara
tis’in (Ar)
casa’in; ɗari goma bus
ɗari gaira goma (lit. 100 – 10)
na tisa’in
98 ɗari gaira biyu (lit. 100 – 2) na ɗari gaira biyu
99 ɗari gaira ɗaya (lit. 100 – 1) etc. na ɗari gaira ɗaya
100 ɗari
zangu, ɗarur(r)uwa (pl) (e.g. daruruwan manoma = hundreds of farmers)
na ɗari
200 ɗari biyu
na ɗari biyu
300 ɗari uku na ɗari uku
380 arbaminya gaira ashirin (lit. 400-20) na arbaminya gaira ashirin
400 ɗari huɗu
arbaminya (Ar)
na ɗari huɗu, na arbaminya
500 ɗari biyar
hamsaminya (Ar)
na ɗari biyar
na hamsamiya
600 ɗari shida na ɗari shida
700 ɗari bakwai na ɗari bakwai
800 ɗari takwas
ɗari tokwas
na ɗari takwas
900 ɗari tara na ɗari tara
1,000 dubu
alif (Ar)
na dubu
na kashi ɗaya daga dubu
1,200 alif wa metan na alif wa metan
1,500 alif wa hamsaminya na alif wa hamsaminya
1,820 dubu (alif
zambar) [ɗaya] da ɗari takwas da ashirin
na dubu (alif
zambar) [ɗaya] da ɗari takwas da ashirin
1,963 dubu [ɗaya] da ɗari tara da sittin da uku na dubu [ɗaya] da ɗari tara da sittin da uku
1,979 alif da ɗari tara da saba’in da tara na alif da ɗari tara da saba’in da tara
2,000 dubu biyu
alfyan (Ar)
na dubu biyu
3,000 dubu uku
talata (Ar)
na dubu uku
na talata
4,000 dubu huɗu
dubu fuɗu, arba (Ar)
na dubu huɗu
na dubu fuɗu, na arba
5,000 dubu biyar
hamsa (Ar)
na dubu biyar
na hamsa
6,000 dubu shida
sitta (Ar)
na dubu shida
na sitta
7,000 dubu bakwai
saba’a (Ar)
na dubu bakwai
na saba’a
8,000 dubu takwas
tamaniya (Ar)
na dubu takwas
na tamani’a
na tamaniya
9,000 dubu tara
zambar tara
na dubu tara
na zambar tara
na tisi’a
10,000 dubu goma
zambar goma
na dubu goma
na zambar goma
40,000 dubu arba’in na dubu arba’in
100,000 zambar ɗari na zambar ɗari
999,999 dubu dari tara da gomiya tara da tara, da dari tara da gomiya tara da tara na dubu dari tara da gomiya tara da tara, na da dari tara da gomiya tara da tara
1,000,000 miliyan
miliyoyi (pl), zambar alif
zambar dubu
dubu ɗari goma
alif alif
na miliyan
1,000,000,000 miliyan dubu ɗaya
na miliyan dubu ɗaya
1/2 rabi  
1/3 sulusi  
1/4 rubu’i  
3/4 rubu’i uku  
1/5 humusi  
2/5 biyu cikin biyar
biyu bisa biyar
1/6 sudusi  
1/7 subu’i  
1/8 sumuni
5/8 biyar bisa takwas  
1/9 tusu’i  
1/10 ushuri
1/11 ɗaya cikin goma sha ɗaya  
1/20 ɗaya bisa ashirin  
1,2 ɗaya da ɗigo biyu  
2 x 3 = 6 biyu sau uku shida ne  
10 x 5 = 50 goma sau biyar daidai da hamsin  
once sau ɗaya  
twice har sau biyu  
thrice sau uku
guda uku
the first time sau na farko  


Abbreviations: m = masculine; f = feminine; pl = plural; Ar = Arabic



Details of numbers in Hausa

Information compiled by Wolfgang Kuhl

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