Shona numbers

How to count in Shona (chiShona), a Bantu language spoken mainly in Zimbabwe.

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Numeral Cardinal Ordinal
0 ziro
1 motsi yokutanga
2 piri yepiri
3 tatu yechitatu
4 china yechina
5 shanu yechishanu
6 tanhatu yechitanhatu
7 nomwe yechinomwe
8 sere yechisere
9 pfumbamwe yepfumbamwe
10 gumi yegumi neimwe
11 gumi neimwe yegumi neimwe
12 gumi nembiri yegumi nembiri
13 gumi nenhatu yegumi netatu
14 gumi neina
15 gumi neshanu
16 gumi nenhanhatu
17 gumi nenomwe
18 gumi nesere
19 gumi nepfumbamwe
20 makumi maviri
21 makumi maviri neimwe
22 makumi maviri nembiri
23 makumi maviri nenhatu
24 makumi maviri neina
25 makumi maviri neshanu
26 makumi maviri nenhanhatu
27 makumi maviri nenomwe
28 makumi maviri nesere
29 makumi maviri nepfumbamwe
30 makumi matatu
40 makumi mana
50 makumi mashanu
60 makumi matanhatu
70 makumi manomwe
80 makumi masere
90 makumi mapfumbamwe
100 zana
200 mazana maviri
300 mazana matatu
400 mazana mana
500 mazana mashanu
600 mazana matanhatu
700 mazana manomwe
800 mazana masere
900 mazana mapfumbamwe
1,000 churu
2,000 zvuru zviri
3,000 zvuru zvitatu
4,000 zvuru zvizvina
5,000 zvuru zvishanu
6,000 zvuru zvitanhatu
7,000 zvuru zvinomwe
8,000 zvuru zvisere
9,000 zvuru pfumbamwe
10,0000 gumi rezvuru

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Hear some numbers in Shona:

Information about counting in Shona

Information about Shona | Phrases | Numbers | Tower of Babel

Numbers in Bantu languages

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

Numbers in other languages

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