Zulu Numbers

Zulu Numbers

If you're trying to learn Zulu Numbers which is also called isiZulu, check our courses about Cardinal Numbers and Ordinal Numbers... to help you with your Zulu 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 Zulu. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!

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Zulu Numbers

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

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

English NumbersZulu Numbers
numbersizinombolo
onekunye
twokubile
threekuthathu
fourkune
fivekuhlanu
sixisithupha
sevenisikhombis
eightisishiyagalombili
nineisishiyagalolunye
tenishumi
elevenishumi nanye
twelveishumi nambili
thirteenishumi nantathu
fourteenishumi nane
fifteenishumi nanhlanu
sixteenishumi nesithupha
seventeenishumi nesikhombisa
eighteenishumi nesishiyagalombili
nineteenishumi nesishiyagalolunye
twentyamashumi amabili
hundredikhulu
one thousandinkulungwane
millionisigidi

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

List of Ordinal Numbers in Zulu

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

English NumbersZulu Numbers
Ordinal Numbersizinombolo ezihlelekile
firstokukuqala
secondokwesibili
thirdokwesithathu
fourthokwesine
fifthokwesihlanu
sixthokwesithupha
seventhokwesikhombisa
eighthokwesishigalombili
ninthokwesishigalolunye
tenthokwesishumi
eleventhokweshumi nanye
twelfthokweshumi nambili
thirteenthokweshumi nantathu
fourteenthokweshumi nane
fifteenthokweshumi nanhlanu
sixteenthokweshumi nesithupha
seventeenthokweshi nesikhombisa
eighteenthokweshumi nesishiyagalombili
nineteenthokweshumi nanye
twentiethokwamashumi amabili
oncekanye
twicekabili

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


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