Malagasy Numbers

Malagasy Numbers

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

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Malagasy Numbers

Learning the Malagasy 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 Malagasy language. But first we need to know what the role of Numbers is in the structure of the grammar in Malagasy.

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

Grammar Tips:

In Malagasy numbers from 1 to 10 are unique and therefore need to be memorized individually. Numbers from 11 to and upwards are formed by using the following pattern: for example 21 can be formed by using 1 + 20 while connecting them and putting in between the word “amby” which means the “rest of”. However from 11 to 19 the words to be put in between is “ambin’ny”.

Tens:   10 folo                  Hundreds   100 zato          Thousands      1000 arivo

            20 roapolo                               200 roanjato                            2000 roa arivo

            30 telopolo                               300 telonjato                            3000 telo arivo

            40 efapolo                               400 efajato                              etc…

            50 dimampolo                         500 dimanjato

            60 enimpolo                            600 eninjato

            70 fitopolo                               700 fitonjato

            80 valopolo                              800 valonjato

            90 sivifolo                                900 sivinjato

Examples: 15 can be formed by using 10 + 5 which is dimy ambin’ny folo, meaning five the rest of ten;

                  23 can be formed by using 20 + 3 which is telo amby roapolo

                  78 can be formed by using 70 + 8 which is valo amby fitopolo

                132 can be formed by using 100 + 30 + 2 which is roa amby telopolo amby zato


Here are some examples:

English NumbersMalagasy Numbers
numbersIsa
oneiray
tworoa
threetelo
fourefatra
fivedimy
sixenina
sevenfito
eightvalo
ninesivy
tenfolo
eleveniraika amby folo
twelveroa amby folo
thirteentelo amby folo
fourteenefatra amby folo
fifteendimy amby folo
sixteenenina amby folo
seventeenfito amby folo
eighteenvalo amby folo
nineteensivy amby folo
twentyroapolo
hundredzato
one thousandarivo
millionhetsy

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

List of Ordinal Numbers in Malagasy

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

English NumbersMalagasy Numbers
Ordinal NumbersIsa misesy
firstvoalohany
secondfaharoa
thirdfahatelo
fourthfahaefatra
fifthfahadimy
sixthfahaenina
seventhfahafito
eighthfahavalo
ninthfahasivy
tenthfahafolo
eleventhfaha-iraika amby folo
twelfthfaha-roapolo
thirteenthfaha-telopolo
fourteenthfaha-efatra amby folo
fifteenthfaha-dimy amby folo
sixteenthfaha-enina amby folo
seventeenthfaha-fito amby folo
eighteenthfaha-enina amby folo
nineteenthfaha-sivy amby folo
twentiethfaha-roapolo
onceindray mandeha
twiceindroa

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


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