Egyptian Numbers

Egyptian Numbers

If you're trying to learn Egyptian Numbers you will find some useful resources including a course about Cardinal Numbers and Ordinal Numbers... to help you with your Egyptian Arabic 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 Egyptian. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!

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Egyptian Numbers

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

Egyptian cardinal number convey the "how many" they're also known as "counting numbers," because they show quantity. Here are some examples:

English NumbersEgyptian Numbers
numbersare2am - أرقام
onewa7ed - واحِد
twoaetnin - اِتـْنين
threetalata - تـَلاتة
fourarba3a - أرْبَعة
fivekhamsa - خـَمْسة
sixseta - سِتة
sevensaba3a - سَبَعة
eighttamanya - تـَمانـْية
ninetes3a - تِسْعة
ten3ashera - عَشرة
eleven7edasher - حِداشر
twelveaetnasher - اِتـْناشر
thirteentelatasher - تلاتاشر
fourteenarba3tasher - أرْبَعْتاشر
fifteenkhamestasher - خـَمسْتاشر
sixteensetaasher - سِتَّاشر
seventeensaba3tasher - سَبَعـْتاشر
eighteentamantasher - تـَمانـْتاشر
nineteentesa3tasher - تِسـَعْتاشر
twenty3eshrin - عِشـْرين
hundredmya - مِية
one thousandalef - ألف
millionmelyon - مِليون

The Egyptian rule for numbers is very complex and follows no logical rule. Egyptian has masculine and feminine nouns. Feminine nouns end on ة ـة t . It only occurs at the and of a feminine word. In the old days the feminine ending was like in Hebrew an ه but the Arabs pronounced as a t, so they took the two dots from the ت t and placed it above the ه so producing ة. Thy call it the ta’ marbuta. The rule is a feminen noun has to be accompanied by a masculine numeral and vice versa. أربعة كتب arba’3a(tun) kutubun (kutub being the plural of kitaab ) four books خمس سيارة five car’s Zero comes actually from the Egyptian سفر sifr, as does the Dutch word for number ‘cijfer’.

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

List of Ordinal Numbers in Egyptian

Egyptian 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 Egyptian. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Egyptian vocabulary.

English NumbersEgyptian Numbers
Ordinal Numbers
firstalawl - الأول
secondaletani - التاني
thirdaletalet - التالت
fourthalerabe3 - الرابع
fifthalekhames - الخامس
sixthalesades - السادِس
seventhalesabe3 - السابـِع
eighthaletamen - التامِن
ninthaletase3 - التاسِع
tenthale3asher - العاشِر
eleventhale7edasher - الحداشر
twelfthalatenasher - الاتناشر
thirteenthaletelatasher - التلاتاشر
fourteenthalareba3tasher - الاربـَعْتاشر
fifteenthalekhemestasher - الخمسْتاشر
sixteenthalesetaasher - السِتَّاشر
seventeenthalesebe3etasher - السبعتاشر
eighteenthaletemantasher - التمانـْتاشر
nineteenthaletese3tasher - التسعْتاشر
twentiethale3esherin - العشرين
oncemera - مرة
twicemeretin - مرتِين

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


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