Afrikaans Numbers

Afrikaans Numbers

If you're trying to learn Afrikaans Numbers you will find some useful resources including a course about Cardinal Numbers and Ordinal Numbers... to help you with your Afrikaans grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and notice the pattern that occurs each time the word changes its place. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Afrikaans. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!

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Afrikaans Numbers

Learning the Afrikaans Numbers is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you practice the subject, the closer you get to mastering the Afrikaans language. But first we need to know what the role of Numbers is in the structure of the grammar in Afrikaans.

Afrikaans cardinal number convey the "how many" they're also known as "counting numbers," because they show quantity.

Grammar Tips:

In Afrikaans numbers from 1 to 20 are unique and therefore need to be memorized individually, for example een (1), twee (2), drie (3), vier (4), vyf (5), ses (6) ….. twintig (20)….etc. All the multiples of 10, like 20, 30, 40, 50 etc. also have to be learnt off by heart. They are: twintig (20), detig (30), veertig (40), vyftig (50)…etc.

 

Numbers from 21 and upwards are formed by using the following pattern: for example 21 can be formed by using 1 + 20 with one coming before the twenty and connecting them, for example: een-en-twintig  (21) ; twee-en-twintig (22); drie-en-veertig (43) etc.


Here are some examples:

English NumbersAfrikaans Numbers
numbersnommers
oneeen
twotwee
threedrie
fourvier
fivevyf
sixses
sevensewe
eightagt
ninenege
tentien
elevenelf
twelvetwaalf
thirteendertien
fourteenveertien
fifteenvyftien
sixteensestien
seventeensewentien
eighteenagtien
nineteennegentien
twentytwintig
hundredhonderd
one thousandduisend
millionmiljoen

As you can see from the example above, the structure of the Numbers in Afrikaans has a logical pattern. Locate the Numbers above and see how it works with the rest of the sentence in Afrikaans.

List of Ordinal Numbers in Afrikaans

Afrikaans Ordinal numbers tell the order of things in a set: first, second, third, etc. Ordinal numbers do not show quantity. They only show rank or position. Below is a list of the Cardinal Numbers and Ordinal Numbers in Afrikaans. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Afrikaans vocabulary.

English NumbersAfrikaans Numbers
Ordinal Numbers
firsteerste
secondtweede
thirdderde
fourthvierde
fifthvyfde
sixthsesde
seventhsewende
eighthagtste
ninthnegende
tenthtiende
eleventhelfde
twelfthtwaalfde
thirteenthdertiende
fourteenthveertiende
fifteenthvyftiende
sixteenthsestiende
seventeenthsewentiende
eighteenthagtiende
nineteenthnegentiende
twentiethtwintigste
onceeen keer
twicetwee keer

Cardinal Numbers and Ordinal Numbers have a very important role in Afrikaans, therefore they need very special attention. Once you're done with Afrikaans Numbers, you might want to check the rest of our Afrikaans lessons here: Learn Afrikaans. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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