Numbers in Vai

Information about counting in Vai (ꕙꔤ), a Mande language spoken mainly in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Numeral Cardinal numbers Ordinal numbers
1 dóndo
2 féra
3 ságba
4 náni
5 sōru
6 sūndóndo
sɔ̂ŋ lɔ̀ndɔ́ (5 + 1)
7 sumféra
sɔ̂ŋ fɛ̀(ʔ)á (5 + 2)
8 sūnságba
sɔ̂ŋ sàk͡pá (5 + 3)
9 sūnnáni
sɔ̂ŋ náánì (5 + 4)
10 tan
11 tān dóndo
tâŋ lɔ̀ndɔ́
12 tām féra
tâŋ fɛ̀(ʔ)á
13 tān ságba
tâŋ sàk͡pá
14 tān náni
tâŋ náánì
15 tān sōru
tâŋ sóó(ʔ)ú
16 tān sūndóndo
tâŋ sɔ̂ŋ lɔ̀ndɔ́
17 tān sumféra
tâŋ sɔ̂ŋ fɛ̀(ʔ)á
18 tān sūnságba
tâŋ sɔ̂ŋ sàk͡pa
19 tān sūnnáni
tâŋ sɔ̂ŋ náánì
20 mō bánde
mɔ̀ bándé (lit. 'an entire person')
21 mō bánde áko dóndo
mɔ̀ bándé àkɔ́ lɔ̀ndɔ́
22 mō bánde áko féra
mɔ̀ bándé àkɔ́ fɛ̀(ʔ)á
23 mō bánde áko ságba
mɔ̀ bándé àkɔ́ sàk͡pá
24 mō bánde áko náni
mɔ̀ bándé àkɔ́ náánì
25 mō bánde áko sōru
mɔ̀ bándé àkɔ́ sóó(ʔ)ú
26 mō bánde áko sūndóndo
mɔ̀ bándé àkɔ́ sɔ̂ŋ lɔ̀ndɔ́
27 mō bánde áko sumféra
mɔ̀ bándé àkɔ́ sɔ̂ŋ fɛ̀(ʔ)á
28 mō bánde áko sūnságba
mɔ̀ bándé àkɔ́ sɔ̂ŋ sàk͡pa
29 mō bánde áko sūnnáni
mɔ̀ bándé àkɔ́ sɔ̂ŋ náánì
30 mō bánde áko tan
mɔ̀ bándé àkɔ́ tâŋ (20 + 10)
31 mō bánde áko tan dóndo
mɔ̀ bándé àkɔ́ tâŋ lɔ̀ndɔ́ (20+11)
32 mō bánde áko tām féra
mɔ̀ bándé àkɔ́ tâŋ fɛ̀(ʔ)á (20+12)
33 mō bánde áko tān ságba
mɔ̀ bándé àkɔ́ tâŋ sàk͡pá (20+13)
34 mō bánde áko tān náni
mɔ̀ bándé àkɔ́ tâŋ náánì (20+14)
35 mō bánde áko tān sōru
mɔ̀ bándé àkɔ́ tâŋ sóó(ʔ)ú (20+15)
36 mō bánde áko tān sūndóndo
mɔ̀ bándé àkɔ́ tâŋ sɔ̂ŋ lɔ̀ndɔ́ (20+16)
37 mō bánde áko tān sumféra
mɔ̀ bándé àkɔ́ tâŋ sɔ̂ŋ fɛ̀(ʔ)á (20+17)
38 mō bánde áko tān sūnságba
mɔ̀ bándé àkɔ́ tâŋ sɔ̂ŋ sàk͡pa (20+18)
39 mō bánde áko mō bánde áko sūnnáni
mɔ̀ bándé àkɔ́ tâŋ sɔ̂ŋ náánì (20+19)
40 mō féra bánde
mɔ̌ fɛ̀(ʔ)á bándé (20 x 2)
50 mō féra bánde áko tan
mɔ̌ fɛ̀(ʔ)á bándé àkɔ́ tâŋ (20 x 2 + 10)
60 mō ságba bánde
mɔ̌ sàk͡pá bándé (20 x 3)
70 mō ságba bánde áko tan
mɔ̌ sàk͡pá bándé àkɔ́ tâŋ (20 x 3 + 10)
80 mō náni bánde mɔ̌ náánì bándé (20 x 4)  
90 mō náni bánde
áko tan mɔ̌ náánì bándé àkɔ́ tâŋ (20 x 4 + 10)
100 mō sōru bánde (20 x 5)
hɔ́ndɔ̂ (< English 'hundred ')
101 hóndōro dóndo áko dóndo  
102 hóndōro dóndo áko féra  
103 hóndōro dóndo áko ságba  
104 hóndōro dóndo áko náni  
105 hóndōro dóndo áko sōru  
106 hóndōro dóndo áko sūndóndo  
107 hóndōro dóndo áko sumféra  
108 hóndōro dóndo áko sūnságba  
109 hóndōro dóndo áko sūnnáni  
110 hóndōro dóndo áko tan  
200 mō tām bánde (20 x 10)
hɔ́ndɔ̂ fɛ̀(ʔ)á
300 mō tān sōru bánde (20 x 15)
hɔ́ndɔ̂ sàk͡pá
400 mō mobánde bánde (20 x 20)
hɔ́ndɔ̂ náánì
500 mō mobánde bánde áko mō sōru bánde
(20 x 20 + 100)
hɔ́ndɔ̂ sóó(ʔ)ú
600 mō mobánde bánde áko mō tām bánde
(20 x 20 + 20 x 10)
hɔ́ndɔ̂ sɔ̂ŋ lɔ̀ndɔ́
700 mō mobánde bánde áko mō tān sōru bánde
(20 x 20 + 20 x 15)
hɔ́ndɔ̂ sɔ̂ŋ fɛ̀(ʔ)á
800 mō mobánde bánde áko mō mobánde bánde
(20 x 20 + 20 x 20)
mō mobánde bánde féra (20 x 20 x 2)
hɔ́ndɔ̂ sɔ̂ŋ sàk͡pá
900 hɔ́ndɔ̂ sɔ̂ŋ náánì  
1,000 táúsùŋ (< English ' thousand')  
2,000 táúsùŋ fɛ̀(ʔ)á  

Sources: S.W. Koelle: Outlines of a Grammar of the Vei Language together with a Vei-English Vocabulary. London – 1854.
- WM.E. Welmers: A Grammar of Vai. University of California Press. Berkley – 1976.

Information compiled by Wolfgang Kuhl

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