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Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by odumchi: 12:15am On Sep 23, 2012
ChinenyeN:
We say ohu for twenty.

Same name. Interesting.
Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by ezeagu(m): 12:15am On Sep 23, 2012
ChinenyeN:
400. This is where traditional count stops, before million, billion etc. became recently introduced.

Not necessarily, the word for a thousand billion now (Ijeri, Ijeli) comes from the same word meaning eight thousand.
Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by ifyalways(f): 12:19am On Sep 23, 2012
. . . And what's "uma" ? Half?

I think 250 is ofu Akpa ego na uma/okala.

But then there's "uma ato, uma ise etc"

Is uma half?
Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by ChinenyeN(m): 12:22am On Sep 23, 2012
ezeagu: Not necessarily, the word for a thousand now (Ijeri, Ijeli) comes from the same word meaning eight thousand.
1. You mean ijeri is traditionally eight thousand?
2. Which area/group did it originate?
Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by ezeagu(m): 12:26am On Sep 23, 2012
As far as I know some Anioma towns.
Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by ChinenyeN(m): 12:33am On Sep 23, 2012
lol It's funny how Igbo just took over this thread. It's as if other groups don't know their own numerals.
Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by ChinenyeN(m): 12:34am On Sep 23, 2012
ifyalways: . . . And what's "uma" ? Half?

I think 250 is ofu Akpa ego na uma/okala.

But then there's "uma ato, uma ise etc"

Is uma half?

I know uma as 'surplus'/'remainder', like in math.
Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by ezeagu(m): 12:43am On Sep 23, 2012
ezeagu:

Not necessarily, the word for a thousand now (Ijeri, Ijeli) comes from the same word meaning eight thousand.

Oh, wait, puku is a thousand right? Sorry.

What's zero, in any language?
Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by NRIPRIEST(m): 1:09am On Sep 23, 2012
ChinenyeN: lol

Nnweta gi ebea agbawaa m gi onu afu iji achi ochi. Maybe am fhucking wrong... grin
Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by ChinenyeN(m): 1:13am On Sep 23, 2012
heh maybe you are.
Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by ezeagu(m): 1:16am On Sep 23, 2012
ChinenyeN: lol It's funny how Igbo just took over this thread. It's as if other groups don't know their own numerals.

I think Igbo people have become the most enthusiastic about language because of all the somewhat justified paranoia.
Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by OdenigboAroli(m): 2:04am On Sep 23, 2012
ChinenyeN: heh maybe you are.

Alangwa lee; I am actually right. "Nnu" is forty while "Ogu" is twenty. I just called a seventy yrs old woman who came for omugwo in maryland and she said am correct. Hey,after all i am not lost!
Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by ChinenyeN(m): 2:21am On Sep 23, 2012
lol If your people use a different number system, then cool. It's not even an argument.
Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by ChinenyeN(m): 2:21am On Sep 23, 2012
ezeagu: I think Igbo people have become the most enthusiastic about language because of all the somewhat justified paranoia.
That makes sense.
Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by ifyalways(f): 7:29am On Sep 23, 2012
Ezeagu, zero is efu.

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Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by odumchi: 7:44am On Sep 23, 2012
ifyalways:
Is uma half?

In Aro, 40 is ivu abuo. "Forty something" is "ivu abuo na uma". Uma means remainder/change.
Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by ifyalways(f): 3:17am On Sep 25, 2012
Thanks odumchi and ChinenyeM.

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Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by Afam4eva(m): 1:10pm On Sep 25, 2012
Why can't an informative thread like this one be moved to the frontpage...@Odumchi biko, do something.
Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by MrsChima(f): 3:24pm On Sep 25, 2012
Can someone tell me how to say...sleep on that one couch tonight in Igbo?

Thanks in advance!
Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by Afam4eva(m): 3:27pm On Sep 25, 2012
Mrs.Chima:
Can someone tell me how to say...sleep on that one couch tonight in Igbo?

Thanks in advance!
English - Sleep on that one couch tonight in Igbo

Igbo - Hiu ura na oche ahun nabania na Igbo grin grin grin
Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by MrsChima(f): 6:15pm On Sep 25, 2012
afam4eva:
English - Sleep on that one couch tonight in Igbo

Igbo - Hiu ura na oche ahun nabania na Igbo grin grin grin

I don't trust you Afameva! grin grin grin grin grin I got a feeling if I say that my husband will go crazy!

I know there is an anus in that sentence! grin grin grin grin
Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by Afam4eva(m): 6:17pm On Sep 25, 2012
Mrs.Chima:


I don't trust you Afameva! grin grin grin grin grin I got a feeling if I say that my husband will go crazy!

I know there is an anus in that sentence! grin grin grin grin
lol grin grin grin
Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by ifyalways(f): 10:51pm On Sep 25, 2012
20 in Yoruba is ogun.
Interesting.

Lol @ Afam and Oriaku Chima.
Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by odumchi: 3:41am On Sep 26, 2012
afam4eva: Why can't an informative thread like this one be moved to the frontpage...@Odumchi biko, do something.

No problem, but next time please use this thread:

https://www.nairaland.com/1004554/promoting-culture-board-frontpage

Had I not come here, I wouldn't have seen this.
Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by ATMC(f): 6:30am On Sep 26, 2012
@mrs chima, he's right u know
Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by nedu210(m): 10:34pm On Sep 26, 2012
Odenigbo Aroli:

Alangwa lee; I am actually right. "Nnu" is forty while "Ogu" is twenty. I just called a seventy yrs old woman who came for omugwo in maryland and she said am correct. Hey,after all i am not lost!

u ar right 40 is nnu and 20 is ogu but when u ar countin money u dont call 20 ogu.

In my place we count as follow.

5 kobo ise/egise.
10 ogu ego ise
20 ogu ego iri
40 nnu ego
50 gbazuo agu
100 okala ekpa ego
200 ekpa ego
300 ekpa ego na okala
400 ekpa ego nambu
500 ekpa ego nambu na okala
etc.

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Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by ChinenyeN(m): 11:54pm On Sep 26, 2012
Nnu as 40 is just odd to me. Imagine if you visited some market in the Ngwa-Ikwerre axis and requested for "nnu ji", only for the trader to attempt to get you to pay for 400 yams. grin
Re: What Is Million In, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Etc Etc?. by wenbroom: 3:57pm On Sep 29, 2012
What is the Efik word for "children?" I spent 1955-1960 in Nigeria (Abak & Ikot Usen). Thank you!

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