Numbers in Zulu (isiZulu)

Information about counting in Zulu, a Bantu language spoken mainly in South Africa.

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Numeral Cardinal numbers Ordinal numbers
0 iqanda  
1 kunye okokuqala
2 kubili okwesibili
3 kutathu okwesithathu
4 kune okwesine
5 kuhlanu okwesihlanu
6 isithupha okwesithupha
7 isikhombisa okwesikhombisa
8 isishiyagalombili okwesishiyagalombili
9 isishiyagalolunye okwesishiyagalolunye
10 lishumi okweshumi
11 ishumi nanye okweshumi nanye
12 ishumi nambili okweshumi nambili
13 ishumi nantathu okweshumi nantathu
14 ishumi nane okweshumi nane
15 ishumi nanhlanu okweshumi nanhlanu
16 ishumi nesithupha okweshumi nesithupha
17 ishumi nesikhombisa okweshumi nesikhombisa
18 ishumi nesishiyagalombili okweshumi nesishiyagalombili
19 ishumi nesishiyagalolunye okweshumi nesishiyagalolunye
20 amashumi amabili okwamashumi amabili
21 amashumi amabili nanye  
22 amashumi amabili nambili  
23 amashumi amabili nantathu  
24 amashumi amabili nane  
25 amashumi amabili nesihlanu  
26 amashumi amabili nesithupha  
27 amashumi amabili nesikhombisa  
28 amashumi amabili nesishiyagalombili  
29 amashumi amabili nesishiyagalolunye  
30 amashumi amathathu  
40 amashumi amane  
50 amashumi amahlanu  
60 amashumi ayisithupha  
70 amashumi ayisikhombisa  
80 amashumi ayisishiyagalombili  
90 amashumi ayisishiyagalolunye  
100 ikhulu  
200 amakhulu amabili  
300 amakhulu amathathu  
400 amakhulu amane  
500 amakhulu amahlanu  
600 amakhulu ayisithupha  
700 amakhulu ayisikhombisa  
800 amakhulu ayisishiyagalombili  
900 amakhulu ayisishiyagalolunye  
1,000 inkulungwane  
1,000,000 isigidi  

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When counting above five, Zulu speakers apparently often switch to English.

Information about Zulu numbers

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Numbers in Bantu languages

Basaa, Bemba, Bena, Benga, Central Teke, 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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