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The Number System of Malagasy


This page is based on Madagasukaru-go (written in Japanese), Les Chiffres en Malgache, and Voyage linguistique autour de l'Ile Rouge.

The number system of Malagasy is interesting because smaller units are always put before larger units.

NumberReadingMeaning
0haotra0
1iray1
2roa2
3telo3
4efatra4
5dimy5
6enina6
7fito7
8valo8
9sivy9
10folo10
11iraika ambin'ny folo1* and 10
12roa ambin'ny folo2 and 10
13telo ambin'ny folo3 and 10
14efatra ambin'ny folo4 and 10
15dimy ambin'ny folo5 and 10
16enina ambin'ny folo6 and 10
17fito ambin'ny folo7 and 10
18valo ambin'ny folo8 and 10
19sivy ambin'ny folo9 and 10
20roapolo2 × 10*
21iraika amby roapolo1* and (2 × 10*)
22roa amby roapolo2 and (2 × 10*)
23telo amby roapolo3 and (2 × 10*)
24efatra amby roapolo4 and (2 × 10*)
25dimy amby roapolo5 and (2 × 10*)
26enina amby roapolo6 and (2 × 10*)
27fito amby roapolo7 and (2 × 10*)
28valo amby roapolo8 and (2 × 10*)
29sivy amby roapolo9 and (2 × 10*)
30telopolo3 × 10*
31iraika amby telopolo1* and (3 × 10*)
32roa amby telopolo2 and (3 × 10*)
33telo amby telopolo3 and (3 × 10*)
34efatra amby telopolo4 and (3 × 10*)
35dimy amby telopolo5 and (3 × 10*)
36enina amby telopolo6 and (3 × 10*)
37fito amby telopolo7 and (3 × 10*)
38valo amby telopolo8 and (3 × 10*)
39sivy amby telopolo9 and (3 × 10*)
40efapolo4* × 10*
41iraika amby efapolo1* and (4* × 10*)
42roa amby efapolo2 and (4* × 10*)
43telo amby efapolo3 and (4* × 10*)
44efatra amby efapolo4 and (4* × 10*)
45dimy amby efapolo5 and (4* × 10*)
46enina amby efapolo6 and (4* × 10*)
47fito amby efapolo7 and (4* × 10*)
48valo amby efapolo8 and (4* × 10*)
49sivy amby efapolo9 and (4* × 10*)
50dimampolo5* × 10*
51iraika amby dimampolo1* and (5* × 10*)
52roa amby dimampolo2 and (5* × 10*)
53telo amby dimampolo3 and (5* × 10*)
54efatra amby dimampolo4 and (5* × 10*)
55dimy amby dimampolo5 and (5* × 10*)
56enina amby dimampolo6 and (5* × 10*)
57fito amby dimampolo7 and (5* × 10*)
58valo amby dimampolo8 and (5* × 10*)
59sivy amby dimampolo9 and (5* × 10*)
60enimpolo6* × 10*
61iraika amby enimpolo1* and (6* × 10*)
62roa amby enimpolo2 and (6* × 10*)
63telo amby enimpolo3 and (6* × 10*)
64efatra amby enimpolo4 and (6* × 10*)
65dimy amby enimpolo5 and (6* × 10*)
66enina amby enimpolo6 and (6* × 10*)
67fito amby enimpolo7 and (6* × 10*)
68valo amby enimpolo8 and (6* × 10*)
69sivy amby enimpolo9 and (6* × 10*)
70fitopolo7 × 10*
71iraika amby fitopolo1* and (7 × 10*)
72roa amby fitopolo2 and (7 × 10*)
73telo amby fitopolo3 and (7 × 10*)
74efatra amby fitopolo4 and (7 × 10*)
75dimy amby fitopolo5 and (7 × 10*)
76enina amby fitopolo6 and (7 × 10*)
77fito amby fitopolo7 and (7 × 10*)
78valo amby fitopolo8 and (7 × 10*)
79sivy amby fitopolo9 and (7 × 10*)
80valopolo8 × 10*
81iraika amby valopolo1* and (8 × 10*)
82roa amby valopolo2 and (8 × 10*)
83telo amby valopolo3 and (8 × 10*)
84efatra amby valopolo4 and (8 × 10*)
85dimy amby valopolo5 and (8 × 10*)
86enina amby valopolo6 and (8 × 10*)
87fito amby valopolo7 and (8 × 10*)
88valo amby valopolo8 and (8 × 10*)
89sivy amby valopolo9 and (8 × 10*)
90sivifolo9* × 10
91iraika amby sivifolo1* and (9* × 10)
92roa amby sivifolo2 and (9* × 10)
93telo amby sivifolo3 and (9* × 10)
94efatra amby sivifolo4 and (9* × 10)
95dimy amby sivifolo5 and (9* × 10)
96enina amby sivifolo6 and (9* × 10)
97fito amby sivifolo7 and (9* × 10)
98valo amby sivifolo8 and (9* × 10)
99sivy amby sivifolo9 and (9* × 10)
100zato100

* Different form


Note:

NumberReadingMeaning
100zato100
200roanjato2 × 100*
300telonjato3 × 100*
400efajato4* × 100*
500dimanjato5* × 100*
600eninjato6* × 100*
700fitonjato7 × 100*
800valonjato8 × 100*
900sivinjato9* × 100*
1000arivo1000
10000alina10000
100000hetsy100000
1000000tapitrisa1000000

Smaller units are put before larger units. The number 123456 is read as follows:

eninaambydimampolosyefajatosyteloarivosyroaalinasyhetsy
6and(5* × 10*)and(4* × 100*)and(3×1000)and(2×10000)and100000


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