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The Number System of Zulu


This page is based on Foreign Languages for Travelers.

Southern African languages are famous for having unbelievable sounds - clicks. There are several clicks, and the sound described with "q" in this chart is a palato-alveolar click. It's easy to pronounce for everyone; hold your tongue tightly on your upper gum, and lower the pressure inside, then release your tongue quickly and you will hear a "pop" sound. That's the palato-alveolar click. But remember clicks combine with following vowels, like the word "iqanda", which means zero. In linguistics, its pronunciation is written as [i!anda].

The Zulu number system is not so complicated, but its digit names are incredibly long.

NumberReadingMeaning
0iqanda0
1ukunye1
2isibili2
3kuthathu3
4okune4
5isihlanu5
6isithupha6
7isikhombisa7
8isishiyagalombili8
9isishiyagalolunye9
10ishumi10
11ishumi nanye10 + 1*
12ishumi nambili10 + 2*
13ishumi nantathu10 + 3*
14ishumi nane10 + 4*
15ishumi nesihlanu10 + 5*
16ishumi nesithupha10 + 6*
17ishumi nesikhombisa10 + 7*
18ishumi nesishiyagalombili10 + 8*
19ishumi nesishiyagalolunye10 + 9*
20amashumi amabili20
21amashumi amabili nanye20 + 1*
22amashumi amabili nambili20 + 2*
23amashumi amabili nantathu20 + 3*
24amashumi amabili nane20 + 4*
25amashumi amabili nesihlanu20 + 5*
26amashumi amabili nesithupha20 + 6*
27amashumi amabili nesikhombisa20 + 7*
28amashumi amabili nesishiyagalombili20 + 8*
29amashumi amabili nesishiyagalolunye20 + 9*
30amashumi amathathu30
31amashumi amathathu nanye30 + 1*
32amashumi amathathu nambili30 + 2*
33amashumi amathathu nantathu30 + 3*
34amashumi amathathu nane30 + 4*
35amashumi amathathu nesihlanu30 + 5*
36amashumi amathathu nesithupha30 + 6*
37amashumi amathathu nesikhombisa30 + 7*
38amashumi amathathu nesishiyagalombili30 + 8*
39amashumi amathathu nesishiyagalolunye30 + 9*
40amashumi amane40
41amashumi amane nanye40 + 1*
42amashumi amane nambili40 + 2*
43amashumi amane nantathu40 + 3*
44amashumi amane nane40 + 4*
45amashumi amane nesihlanu40 + 5*
46amashumi amane nesithupha40 + 6*
47amashumi amane nesikhombisa40 + 7*
48amashumi amane nesishiyagalombili40 + 8*
49amashumi amane nesishiyagalolunye40 + 9*
50amashumi amahlanu50
51amashumi amahlanu nanye50 + 1*
52amashumi amahlanu nambili50 + 2*
53amashumi amahlanu nantathu50 + 3*
54amashumi amahlanu nane50 + 4*
55amashumi amahlanu nesihlanu50 + 5*
56amashumi amahlanu nesithupha50 + 6*
57amashumi amahlanu nesikhombisa50 + 7*
58amashumi amahlanu nesishiyagalombili50 + 8*
59amashumi amahlanu nesishiyagalolunye50 + 9*
60amashumi ayisithupha60
61amashumi ayisithupha nanye60 + 1*
62amashumi ayisithupha nambili60 + 2*
63amashumi ayisithupha nantathu60 + 3*
64amashumi ayisithupha nane60 + 4*
65amashumi ayisithupha nesihlanu60 + 5*
66amashumi ayisithupha nesithupha60 + 6*
67amashumi ayisithupha nesikhombisa60 + 7*
68amashumi ayisithupha nesishiyagalombili60 + 8*
69amashumi ayisithupha nesishiyagalolunye60 + 9*
70amashumi ayisikhombisa70
71amashumi ayisikhombisa nanye70 + 1*
72amashumi ayisikhombisa nambili70 + 2*
73amashumi ayisikhombisa nantathu70 + 3*
74amashumi ayisikhombisa nane70 + 4*
75amashumi ayisikhombisa nesihlanu70 + 5*
76amashumi ayisikhombisa nesithupha70 + 6*
77amashumi ayisikhombisa nesikhombisa70 + 7*
78amashumi ayisikhombisa nesishiyagalombili70 + 8*
79amashumi ayisikhombisa nesishiyagalolunye70 + 9*
80amashumi ayisishiyagalombili80
81amashumi ayisishiyagalombili nanye80 + 1*
82amashumi ayisishiyagalombili nambili80 + 2*
83amashumi ayisishiyagalombili nantathu80 + 3*
84amashumi ayisishiyagalombili nane80 + 4*
85amashumi ayisishiyagalombili nesihlanu80 + 5*
86amashumi ayisishiyagalombili nesithupha80 + 6*
87amashumi ayisishiyagalombili nesikhombisa80 + 7*
88amashumi ayisishiyagalombili nesishiyagalombili80 + 8*
89amashumi ayisishiyagalombili nesishiyagalolunye80 + 9*
90amashumi ayisishiyagalolunye90
91amashumi ayisishiyagalolunye nanye90 + 1*
92amashumi ayisishiyagalolunye nambili90 + 2*
93amashumi ayisishiyagalolunye nantathu90 + 3*
94amashumi ayisishiyagalolunye nane90 + 4*
95amashumi ayisishiyagalolunye nesihlanu90 + 5*
96amashumi ayisishiyagalolunye nesithupha90 + 6*
97amashumi ayisishiyagalolunye nesikhombisa90 + 7*
98amashumi ayisishiyagalolunye nesishiyagalombili90 + 8*
99amashumi ayisishiyagalolunye nesishiyagalolunye90 + 9*
100ikhulu100

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