Igbo Numbers

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

Cardinal and Ordinal
Igbo
one
ofu
first
nke mbụ
two
abụọ
second
nke abụọ
three
atọ
third
nke atọ
four
anọ
fourth
nke anọ
five
ise
fifth
nke ise
six
ishii
sixth
nke ishii
seven
asaa
seventh
nke asaa
eight
asatọ
eighth
nke asatọ
nine
itenanị
ninth
nke itenanị
ten
iri
tenth
nke iri
eleven
iri na out
eleventh
nke iri na out
twelve
iri na abụọ
twelfth
nke iri na abụọ
thirteen
iri na atọ
thirteenth
nke iri na atọ
fourteen
iri na anọ
once
ofu mgbe
fifteen
iri na ise
twice
ugboro abụọ
sixteen
iri na ishii
Monday
monde
seventeen
iri na asaa
Tuesday
tuzde
eighteen
iri na asatọ
Wednesday
wenzde
nineteen
iri na itenanị
Thursday
tọzde
twenty
iri abụọ
Friday
fraide
seventy one
iri abụọ na ofu
Saturday
satde
one hundred
nnarị
Sunday
ụbọchị ụka

Numbers Grammar Rules

Igbo 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 Igbo. The examples below use numbers in different ways and places to demonstrate how they behave in a sentence.

Grammar + Rules
Igbo
I have three dogs
[number + noun]
e nwere m nkịta atọ
my daughter has two cats
[number + noun]
nwa m nwanyị nwere pusu abụọ
she speaks seven languages
[verb + number]
o na asụ asụsụ asaa
my brother has one son
[number + singular noun]
nwa nne m nwoke nwere ofu nwa nwoke
this is my second lesson
[ordinal number + noun]
nke a bụ ihe ọmụmụ nke abụọ m
did you read the third book?
[ordinal number + noun]
Ị gụgo akwụkwọ nke atọ?

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

cow
cow
efi
goat
goat
ewu
donkey
donkey
donki
horse
horse
ayịya
dog
dog
nkịta
cat
cat
pusu
mouse
mouse
oke
bird
bird
nnụnụ

Conversation in Igbo

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
Igbo
Where are you from?
kedụ ebe ị si?
I'm from the U.S
e si m U.S
I'm American
a bụ m onye Amerika
Where do you live?
Kedụ ebe ị bi?
I live in the U.S
e bi m Amerika
What do you do for a living?
gịnị ka ị na arụ?
I'm a student
a bụ m nwata akwụkwọ

Did you enjoy this lesson about numbers in Igbo? 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.

Igbo Gender   Igbo Gender

Igbo Phrases   Igbo Phrases



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