Somali Numbers

This page is about numbers in Somali. Including the cardinal (counting) and ordinal (order) numbers. Each of which is used in a different situation.

One: hal
Two: labo
Three: saddex
Four: afar
Five: shan
Six: lix
Seven: toddobo
Eight: sideed
Nine: sagaal
Ten: toban
Eleven: kow iyo toban
Twelve: laba iyo toban
Thirteen: saddex iyo toban
Fourteen: afar iyo toban
Fifteen: shan iyo toban
Sixteen: lix iyo toban
Seventeen: toddobo iyo toban
Eighteen: siddeed iyo toban
Nineteen: sagaal iyo toban
Twenty: labaatan
Thirty three: Sodon iyo sadex
One hundred: Boqol
Three hundred and sixty: Sadex boqol iyo lixdan
One thousand: Kun

Here are some examples in Somali for the cardinal numbers above.

Two thousand and fourteen: Labo kun iyo afar iyo toban
One million: Hal milyan
I'm thirty years old: Waxaan jiraa sodon sano
I have 2 sisters and one brother: Waxaa ila dhashay labo gabdhood iyo hal wiil

Now we move on to the ordinal numbers, which helps us organize things by order or rank.

First: kow
Second: labaad
Third: saddexaad
Fourth: afaraad
Fifth: shanaad
Sixth: lixaad
Seventh: toddobaad
Eighth: sideedaad
Ninth: sagaalaad
Tenth: tobanaad
Eleventh: kow iyo tobanaad
Twelfth: laba iyo tobanaad
Thirteenth: saddex iyo tobanaad
Fourteenth: Afar iyo tobnaad
Fifteenth: Shan iyo tobnaad
Sixteenth: Lix iyo tobnaad
Seventeenth: Todobo iyo tobnaad
Eighteenth: Sideed iyo tobnaad
Nineteenth: Sagaal iyo tobnaad
Twentieth: Labaatanaad

And here are a couple sentences related to the ordinal numbers above.

English is my first language: Ingiriisku waa luuqadeeyda koowaad
Her second language is Spanish: Luuqada labaad ee ay ku hadasho waa Isbaanish
Once: hal mar
Twice: laba mar

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