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Numbers from 1 to 10 in bantu languages


Counting in bantu languages

Counting from 1 to 10 in Bantu languages is an intriguing exploration of the rich linguistic diversity found in numerous African communities. A selection of Bantu languages will be highlighted to showcase the diverse ways in which numbers are expressed in this linguistic group. Here are the Bantu languages, numbered from 1 to 10.


I. Swahili (Kiswahili)




1 - Moja

2 - Mbili

3 - Tatu

4 - Nne

5 - Tano

6 - Sita

7 - Saba

8 - Nane

9 - Tisa

10 - Kumi


II. Lingala

1 - Mókó

2 - Míbalé

3 - Mísáto

4 - Mínei

5 - Mítáno

6 - Motóbá

7 - Sambo

8 - Mwambe

9 - Libwá

10 - Zómi 100 - Kama


III. Kikongo

1 - Mosi

2 - Zole

3 - Tatu

4 - Iya

5 - Tanu

6 - Sambanu

7 - Sambwadi

8 - Nana

9 - Uvwa

10 - Kumi

100 - Nkama

1000 - Funda


IV. Tshiluba (ciluba)

1 - Ùmuè

2 - Ìbìdi

3 - Isatu

4 - Ìnaayi

5 - Itanu

6 - Ìisambòmbù

7 - Muanda-mutekète

8 - Muanda-mukùlù

9 - Tshitèèmà

10 - Diikùmi


V. Xhosa (isiXhosa)

1 - Nye

2 - Mbini

3 - Ntathu

4 - Ne

5 - Hlanu

6 - Thandathu

7 - Xhenxe

8 - Sibhozo

9 - Thoba

10 - Shumi



VI. Shona (chiShona)

1 - Motsi

2 - Piri

3 - Tatu

4 - China

5 - Shanu

6 - Tanhatu

7 - Nomwe

8 - Sere

9 - Pfumbamwe

10 - Gumi


VII. Ndebele (isiNdebele)

1 - Kunye

2 - Kubili

3 - Kuthathu

4 - Kune

5 - Kuhlanu

6 - Sthandathu

7 - Yikhomba

8 - Bunane

9 - Yithoba

10 - Yitjhumi


VIII. Bemba (chiBemba)

1 - Mo

2 - Bili

3 - Tatu

4 - Ne

5 - Sano

6 - Mutanda

7 - Chine lubali

8 - Chine konse konse

9 - Pabula

10 - Ikumi IX. Zulu (isiZulu)

1 - Kunye

2 - Kubili

3 - Kuthathu

4 - Kune

5 - Kuhlanu

6 - Isthupha

7 - Ishombisa

8 - Ishagalombili

9 - Ishagalolunye

10 - Ishumi

X. Otetela


1 - Ɔtɔyi

2 - Ahéndé

3 - Asato

4 - Anɛï

5 - Atánu

6 - Asámalo

7 - Esambélé

8 - Énaneï

9 - Divua

10 - Dikumi


The numbers in bantu languages

There are some similarities in the way numbers are expressed across various Bantu languages. The structure and phonetics of numbers in Bantu languages often exhibit similarities due to the common linguistic features shared within the Bantu language family. However, as the numbers increase, the similarities become less pronounced, and each language showcases its unique way of expressing higher numbers. This fascinating interplay between shared traits and distinct expressions highlights the intricate evolution and diversity within the Bantu language family.

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Why Should You Learn a bantu language with our Online Language school?

Here are some reasons why learning a Bantu language with your online language school can be beneficial:

- Qualified teachers: Access to experienced instructors who can provide comprehensive and structured lessons in Bantu languages.

- Cultural Understanding:

Learning a Bantu language with our online language school allows for a deeper understanding of the cultural nuances and traditions of various African communities.

- Communication and Connection:

It facilitates effective communication and connection with native Bantu speakers, enhancing personal, social, and professional relationships.

- Travel and Work Opportunities:

Mastery of a Bantu language like swahili or lingala can open up opportunities for travel, cultural immersion, and work in regions where these languages are spoken.

- Global Perspective:

Mastering a Bantu language fosters a global perspective, promoting a greater sense of interconnectedness and empathy towards diverse cultures.

These are all compelling reasons for learners to choose your online language school for studying Bantu languages.




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