Hausa Numbers

Welcome to the sixth Hausa lesson about numbers. This time we will learn about cardinal and ordinal numbers, followed by grammar rules, then animal names, finally a conversation in Hausa to help you practice your daily phrases.

CardinalHausaOrdinalHausa
onedaya firstna farko
twobiyu a secondna biyu
threeuku thirdna uku
fourhuɗu fourthna huɗu
fivebiyar fifthna biyar
sixshida sixthna shida
sevenbakwai seventhna bakwai
eighttakwas eighthna takwas
ninetara ninthna tara
tengoma tenthna goma
elevengoma sha daya eleventhna sha daya
twelvesha biyu twelfthna sha biyu
thirteensha uku thirteenthna sha uku
fourteensha hudu oncesau daya
fifteengoma sha biyar twicehar sau biyu
sixteensha shida Mondaylitinin
seventeensha bakwai Tuesdaytalata
eighteengoma sha takwas Wednesdaylaraba
nineteensha tara Thursdayalhamis
twentyashirin Fridayjumma'a
seventy onesaba'in da daya Saturdayasabar
one hundredɗari Sundaylahadi

Numbers Grammar Rules

Hausa cardinal numbers refer to the counting numbers, because they show quantity. For example: I speak two languages. Ordinal numbers on the other hand tell the order of things and their rank: my first language is Hausa. The examples below use numbers in different ways and places to demonstrate how they behave in a sentence.

Grammar + RulesHausa
I have three dogs
[number + noun]
ina da karnuka uku
my daughter has two cats
[number + noun]
yata na da kyanwoyi uku
she speaks seven languages
[verb + number]
ta san harsuna bakwai
my brother has one son
[number + singular noun]
ɗan'uwana yana da da guda,
this is my second lesson
[ordinal number + noun]
wannan shi ne darasina na biyu
did you read the third book?
[ordinal number + noun]
ka karanta littafe na uku ?

We're not done yet! The following is a list of animals.

cow
cow
saniya
goat
goat
akuya
donkey
donkey
jaki
horse
horse
doki
dog
dog
kare
cat
cat
mage
mouse
mouse
kusu
bird
bird
tsuntsu

Conversation in Hausa

Now we finally reach the last part, the practice of the daily conversations. These phrases are used to get to know new people, and break the ice.

EnglishHausa
Where are you from?daga ina kake/kike/kuke?
I'm from the U.Sdaga amurka nake
I'm Americanni ba'amurke ne
Where do you live?a ina kake/kike/kuke zaune?
I live in the U.Sina zaune a amurka
What do you do for a living?wace sana'a kake/kuke/kike?
I'm a studentni ɗalibi ne

Did you enjoy this lesson about numbers in Hausa? I hope so, if you have any problem with this lesson contact me with questions you have here. You can now check the next lesson below.

Hausa Gender       Hausa Gender

Hausa Phrases       Hausa Phrases


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