Wolof Numeration (number) System

Wolof numeration system is based on 5 and 10. The system uses word phrases that use addition, multiplication functions on the base 5 and 10 to express individual numbers. The base numbers(5 10) are utilized to 100. The term ak( and or with) is used with every number except numbers 6 through 9, divisible by 10, except 10, up to 100. Twelve is expressed as fukk ak ñaar (10 & 2), "ten and two."

When a larger number is preceded by a smaller number, one adds. Sixteen is expressed as fukk ak juróom benn (10 & 6 or 10 & 5 &1), "ten and six" or "ten and five and one." All numbers till nineteen is expressed this way.

When a smaller number precede a larger number, one multiplies. Forty is expressed as ñeent fukk (4 & 10) which is multiplied. Numbers above twenty are expressed this way. Numbers above twenty requires the use of multiplication and addition, if not divisible by 10 up to 90. Thirty-two is ñett fukk ak ñaar (3 & 10 & 2), expressed mathematically as ( 3 x 10 + 2 ), which is thirty two.

Tus or dara is used to express 0. Thirty can be expressed as ñett fukk or fanweer.


Number
Wolof
 0 tus
 1 benn
 2 ñaar
 3 ñett
 4 ñeent
 5 juróom
 6 juróom benn
 7 juróom ñaar
 8 juróom ñett
 9 juróom ñeent
 10 fukk
 11 fukk ak benn
 12 fukk ak ñaar
 13 fukk ak ñett
 14 fukk ak ñeent
 15 fukk ak juróom
 16 fukk ak juróom benn
 17 fukk ak juróom ñaar
 18 fukk ak juróom ñett
 19 fukk ak juróom ñeent
 20 ñaar fukk
 21 ñaar fukk ak benn
 22 ñaar fukk ak ñaar
 23 ñaar fukk ak ñett
 24 ñaar fukk ak ñeent
 25 ñaar fukk ak juróom
 26 ñaar fukk ak juróom benn
 27 ñaar fukk ak juróom ñaar
 28 ñaar fukk ak juróom ñett
 29 ñaar fukk ak juróom ñeent
 30 ñett fukk
 40 ñeent fukk
 50 juróom fukk
 60 juróom benn fukk
 61 juróom benn fukk ak benn
 62 juróom benn fukk ak ñaar
 63 juróom benn fukk ak ñett
 64 juróom benn fukk ak ñeent
 65 juróom benn fukk ak juróom
 66 juróom benn fukk ak juróom benn
 67 juróom benn fukk ak juróom ñaar
 68 juróom benn fukk ak juróom ñett
 69 juróom benn fukk ak juróom ñeent
 70 juróom ñaar fukk
 80 juróom ñett fukk
 90 juróom ñeent fukk
 100 teemeer
 1000 junni
 1,000,000 fukki teemeeri junni








Works Cited

Wolof,  Jangalekat. Wolof Numbers & Counting. JANGA WOLOF,Wolof Language & Culture Blog.Friday, 23 November 2007