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 Hausa 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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