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.

Cardinal and Ordinal
Hausa
one
daya
first
na farko
two
biyu a
second
na biyu
three
uku
third
na uku
four
huɗu
fourth
na huɗu
five
biyar
fifth
na biyar
six
shida
sixth
na shida
seven
bakwai
seventh
na bakwai
eight
takwas
eighth
na takwas
nine
tara
ninth
na tara
ten
goma
tenth
na goma
eleven
goma sha daya
eleventh
na sha daya
twelve
sha biyu
twelfth
na sha biyu
thirteen
sha uku
thirteenth
na sha uku
fourteen
sha hudu
once
sau daya
fifteen
goma sha biyar
twice
har sau biyu
sixteen
sha shida
Monday
litinin
seventeen
sha bakwai
Tuesday
talata
eighteen
goma sha takwas
Wednesday
laraba
nineteen
sha tara
Thursday
alhamis
twenty
ashirin
Friday
jumma'a
seventy one
saba'in da daya
Saturday
asabar
one hundred
ɗari
Sunday
lahadi

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 + Rules
Hausa
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.

English
Hausa
Where are you from?
daga ina kake/kike/kuke?
I'm from the U.S
daga amurka nake
I'm American
ni ba'amurke ne
Where do you live?
a ina kake/kike/kuke zaune?
I live in the U.S
ina zaune a amurka
What do you do for a living?
wace sana'a kake/kuke/kike?
I'm a student
ni 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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