How to count in Warao, a language isolate spoken in Delta Amacuro, Monagas and Sucre states of Venezuela.
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|2||manamo [(fingers) coming from a pair]|
|3||dihanamo [(fingers) coming from a bunch]|
|4||orabakaya [(all of the fingers) having the property of being unlevelled]|
|5||moho basi [hand flat, the extended hand]|
|6||moho matana isaka [hand counterpart one]|
|7||moho matana manamo [hand counterpart two]|
|8||moho matana rihanamo [hand counterpart three]|
|9||moho matana orabakaya [hand counterpart four]|
|10||moho reko [both hands]|
|11||mohoreko arai isaka [both hands over one (one finger over the fingers of both hands)]|
|12||mohoreko arai manamo|
|13||mohoreko arai dihanamo|
|14||mohoreko arai orabakaya|
|15||mohoreko arai mohobasi [both hands over extended hand (the ten fingers of both hands over the five fingers of another hand)]|
|16||mohoreko arai moho matana isaka [both hands over hand counterpart one]|
|17||mohoreko arai moho matana manamo|
|18||mohoreko arai moho matana dihanamo|
|19||mohoreko arai moho matana orabakaya|
|20||warao isaka [one Warao with all his fingers and toes ]|
|21||warao isaka arai isaka|
|22||warao isaka arai manamo|
|23||warao isaka arai dihanamo|
|24||warao isaka arai orabakaya|
|25||warao isaka arai mohobasi|
|26||warao isaka arai moho matana isaka|
|27||warao isaka arai moho matana manamo|
|28||warao isaka arai moho matana rihanamo|
|29||warao isaka arai moho matana orabakaya|
|30||warao isaka arai mohoreko [one Warao over both hands]|
|40||warao manamo [two Warao]|
|50||warao manamo arai mohoreko|
|60||warao rihanamo [three Warao]|
|70||warao rihanamo arai mohoreko|
|80||warao orabakaya [four Warao]|
|90||warao orabakaya arai mohoreko|
|100||warao mohobasi [five Warao]|
Source: Andrés Romero-Figeroa. A Reference Grammar of Warao, Lincom, München 1993.
Compiled by Wolfgang Kuhl
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