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Ònkà Yorùbá: Numbers And Numbering System In Yorùbá by Abiyamo: 2:11pm On May 10, 2013 
What is 450 in Yorùbá? You dey squeeze face? Okay, what of 52? One million? If you pose that kain question to many Yorùbás, the answer you get is a headscratching smile, a dazed look with rolling eyes or a funny 'Saka don port' lip twitch...lol Some will make attempts and try in vain to remember what their Yorùbá class teacher taught them back in the primary school. Well, the numbering is actually very easy and today, we will be taking a look at it together. I hope you have fun with it, you may try out some numbers on your own to see if you are correct. See full details here: http://abiyamo.com/onkayorubanumbersnumberingsysteminyoruba/ Numbering more than 40 million, the Yorùbá people are found mainly in southwestern Nigeria. They are also found in Benin Republic, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire) and all over the globe. Yorùbás have a highlydeveloped language, the Yorùbá language which has been classified under the NigerCongo family of languages, making it closely related to Itsekiri and Igala (other languages in the family are Igbo, Jukun, Swahili, Wolof and Efik). As it is with other civilizations across the globe, theYorùbás developed a system of naming numerals, said to be based on counting cowries, fingers and toes. The system is quite easy and straightforward. According to Olu Lounge, the Yorubas have an elaborate vigesimal (base20) numeral system which makes use of addition, subtraction and multiplication. Other languages using the vigesimal (with 20 as the block unit) numeral system include Dzongkha (national language in Bhutan), Ainu (Japan), French, Mayas, Aztecs, Danish, Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, Georgian and has also found historical use in England where the old British currency system involved 20 shillings and 240 pence or usage in literature e.g three scores and seven. As outlined in the book, The History of the Yorubas (From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the British Protectorate) by Reverend Samuel Johnson (1897), the numerals are Cardinal and Ordinal or Serial and based on the system, we can have three groupings: Simple Enumeration, Quantitative (or Numeral Adjectives) and Numismatics (for money and currencies). Now, let's take a stroll through the simple enumeration but before then, please note: 'Di' means 'less than' or 'subtracted from'. For example, if ogota is 60, 55, will be 'five (arun) subtracted from 60'. Thus, 55 will be 'arunDIlogota.' On the other hand, 'le' means 'more than' or 'added to'. For instance, 54 will be 50 (adọta) + (le) merin (four) using the quantitative or numeral adjectives or in simple enumeration (Ẹrinleladọta). 'Lona or ona' is used for multiplication. Summary: ‘ó lé’ for addition,‘ó dín’for subtraction and ‘onà’ for multiplication. To use the quantitative or numeral adjectives, all you need to do is to add 'm' to the number. For example, arun (five) will become 'marun' while okanla (11) becomes 'mokanla'. Some special numbers like 1, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900, 1,000, 2,000, 3,000 etc in that order are exceptions as they remain unchanged without the 'm'. And 'Lá' e.g in mejila is a contraction of 'lé mẹ̀wá' meaning 'and ten'. OUTLINE: 1100 200900 1,00020,000 FOR HIGHER NUMBERS: 20,000 and above 200,000 10 MILLION 100 MILLION TO ONE TRILLION ORDINALS (Ordinal Numbers) ADVERBS OF NUMBER ADVERBS OF TIME REFERENCES Now, let's roll! 1100 NB: The other names are alternative spellings. 1Ení or ọ̀kan (for numismatics or currencies like cowries or coins). 2È jì or Eéji (for numismatics or currencies like cowries or coins). 3Ẹta or ẹẹ́ta (for numismatics or currencies like cowries or coins, same pattern till 19). 4Ẹrin, ẹ̀rin or ẹẹ́rin 5Àrún or aárùn 6Ẹfà or ẹẹ́fà 7Èje or eéje 8Ẹjọ, ẹ̀jọ or ẹẹ́jọ 9Ẹsan, ẹ̀sán or ẹẹ́sàn 10Ẹwa,ẹ̀wá or ẹẹ́wà 11Ọkanla, ọ̀kanlá, oókànlá 12Ejila, èjìlá, eéjìlá 13Ẹtala, ẹ̀talá, ẹẹ́talá 14Ẹrinla, ẹ̀rinlá, ẹẹ́rìnlá 15Ẹdogun (Ẹedogun, ẹ́ẹdógún) 16Ẹrindinlogun, ẹẹ́rìndílógún 17Ẹtadinlogun, eétàdílógún 18Ejindinlogun, eéjìdílógún 19Ọkandinlogun, oókàndílógún 20Ogun, ogún, okòó or Okowo (ọkẹ owo for numismatics or currencies like cowries or coins). 21Ọkanlelogun 22Ejilelogun 23Ẹtalelogun 24Ẹrinlelogun 25Ẹdọgbọn, ẹ́ẹdọ́gbọ̀n 26Ẹrindinlọgbọn 27Ẹtadinlọgbọn 28Ejidinlọgbọn 29Ọkandinlọgbọn 30Ọgbọn, ọgbọ̀n, ọɡbọ̀n ǒ or Ọgbọnwo (Ọgbọn owo for numismatics or currencies like cowries or coins ) 31Ọkanlelọgbọn 32Ejilelọgbọn 33Ẹtalelọgbọn 34Ẹrinlelọgbọn 35Arundinlogoji, aárùndílogójì 36Ẹrindinlogoji 37Ẹtadinlogoji 38Ejidinlogoji 39Ọkandinlogoji 40Ogoji, ogójì, ojì (Ooji, Ogun meji, two twenties) 41Ọkanlelogoji 42Ejilelogoji 43Ẹtalelogoji 44Ẹrinlelogoji 45Arundinladọta 46Ẹrindinladọta 47Ẹtadinladọta 48Ejidinladọta 49Ọkandinladọta 50Adọta (aadọta), àádọ́ta 51Ọkanleladọta 52Ejileladọta 53Ẹtaleladọta 54Ẹrinleladọta 55Arundinlọgọta 56Ẹrindinlọgọta 57Ẹtadinlọgọta 58Ejidinlọgọta 59Ọkandinlọgọta 60Ọgọta, ọgọ́ta, ọta (ogun mẹta, three twenties) 61Ọkanlelọgọta 62Ejilelọgọta 63Ẹtalelọgọta 64Ẹrinlelọgọta 65Arundiladọrin 70Adọrin (Aadọrin), àádọ́rin 71Ọkanleladọrin 72Ejileladọrin 73Ẹtaleladọrin 74Ẹrinleladọrin 75Arundilọgọrin 76Ẹrindilọgọrin 77Ẹtadilọgọrin 78Ejidilọgọrin 79Ọkandilọgọrin 80Ọgọrin (Ogun mẹrin, four twenties), ọgọ́rin, ọrin 81Ọkanlelọgọrin 82Ejilelọgọrin 83Ẹtalelọgọrin 84Ẹrinlelọgọrin 85Arundiladọrun 86Ẹrindiladọrun 87Ẹtadiladọrun 88Ejidiladọrun 89Ọkandiladọrun 90Adọrun (Aadọrun), àádọ́rùn 91Ọkanleladọrun 92Ejileladọrun 93Ẹtaleladọrun 94Ẹrinleladọrun 95Arundilọgọrun 96Ẹrindilọgọrun 97Ẹtadilọgọrun 98Ejidilọgọrun 99Ọkandilọgọrun 100Ọgọrun (ogun marun, five twenties), ọgọ́rùn, ọrún KINDLY FOLLOW THE LINK ABOVE FOR THE REST (200900, 1,00020,000, 20,000 and above, 200,000 10 MILLION, 100 MILLION TO ONE TRILLION, ORDINALS (Ordinal Numbers), ADVERBS OF NUMBER and ADVERBS OF TIME). THANK YOU. ABIYAMO. 2 Likes 1 Share

Re: Ònkà Yorùbá: Numbers And Numbering System In Yorùbá by suqexconcepts(m): 2:33pm On May 10, 2013 
This is beautiful. Good job! 1 Like 
Re: Ònkà Yorùbá: Numbers And Numbering System In Yorùbá by Emusan(m): 2:48pm On May 10, 2013 
How can I learn yoruba pls? 
Re: Ònkà Yorùbá: Numbers And Numbering System In Yorùbá by Abiyamo: 3:31pm On May 10, 2013 
There are countless websites offering free Yoruba lessons, you may want to check them out. Emusan: How can I learn yoruba pls? 
Re: Ònkà Yorùbá: Numbers And Numbering System In Yorùbá by Nobody: 9:41pm On May 11, 2013 
Wow, Proudly Oodua !!! Abiyamo e seun ooo !!! 3 Likes 
Re: Ònkà Yorùbá: Numbers And Numbering System In Yorùbá by Abiyamo: 9:44pm On May 11, 2013 
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Re: Ònkà Yorùbá: Numbers And Numbering System In Yorùbá by Rgp92: 10:03pm On May 11, 2013 
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Re: Ònkà Yorùbá: Numbers And Numbering System In Yorùbá by EzePromoe: 9:13am On May 12, 2013 
why are there rare words for numbering in trillions so that our locals can see how miraculously money are being embezzled in this country. 1 Like 
Re: Ònkà Yorùbá: Numbers And Numbering System In Yorùbá by gboyetade: 9:18am On May 12, 2013 
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Re: Ònkà Yorùbá: Numbers And Numbering System In Yorùbá by Rgp92: 9:08pm On May 12, 2013 
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Re: Ònkà Yorùbá: Numbers And Numbering System In Yorùbá by warlei(m): 11:53pm On May 12, 2013 
Abiyamo o ku ise takun takun. 1 Like 
Re: Ònkà Yorùbá: Numbers And Numbering System In Yorùbá by Abiyamo: 2:01pm On May 13, 2013 
Esheun gidi gan o, modupe lopolopo warlei: Abiyamo o ku ise takun takun. 
Re: Ònkà Yorùbá: Numbers And Numbering System In Yorùbá by Funjosh(m): 12:05pm On Feb 03, 2015 
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