Kongo Numbers

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

Cardinal and Ordinal
Kongo
one
mosi
first
ya ntete
two
zole
second
ya zole
three
tatu
third
ya tatu
four
iya
fourth
ya iya
five
tanu
fifth
ya tanu
six
sambanu
sixth
ya sambanu
seven
nsambwadi
seventh
ya nsambwadi
eight
nana
eighth
ya nana
nine
uvwa
ninth
ya uvwa
ten
kumi
tenth
ya kumi
eleven
kumi na mosi
eleventh
ya kumi na mosi
twelve
kumi na zole
twelfth
ya kumi na zole
thirteen
kumi na tatu
thirteenth
ya kumi na tatu
fourteen
kumi na iya
once
ya kumi na iya
fifteen
kumi na tanu
twice
mbala zole
sixteen
kumi na sambanu
Monday
kintete
seventeen
kumi na nsambwadi
Tuesday
kizole
eighteen
kumi na nana
Wednesday
kitatu
nineteen
kumi na uvwa
Thursday
kiya
twenty
makumi zole
Friday
kitanu
seventy one
makumi nsambwadi na mosi
Saturday
mposo
one hundred
nkama mosi
Sunday
lumingu

Numbers Grammar Rules

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

Grammar + Rules
Kongo
I have three dogs
[number + noun]
mono kele na bambwa tatu
my daughter has two cats
[number + noun]
mwana na mono ya nkento kele na pusu zole
she speaks seven languages
[verb + number]
yandi ke tubaka minoko nsambwadi
my brother has one son
[number + singular noun]
mpangi na mono ya yakala ke na mwana mosi ya yakala
this is my second lesson
[ordinal number + noun]
yai ikele dilongi na mono ya zole
did you read the third book?
[ordinal number + noun]
nge tangaka munkanda ya tatu?

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

cow
cow
ngombe
goat
goat
nkombo
donkey
donkey
mwa mpunda
horse
horse
mpunda
dog
dog
mbwa
cat
cat
pusu
mouse
mouse
mpuku
bird
bird
ndeke

Conversation in Kongo

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
Kongo
Where are you from?
nge me katuka wapi?
I'm from the U.S
mono me katuka na etazini
I'm American
mono kele amerikani
Where do you live?
nge ke vandaka wapi?
I live in the U.S
mono ke vandaka na etazini ya amerika
What do you do for a living?
nki nge ke salaka sambu na kuzinga?
I'm a student
mono kele mwana nzonkanda

Did you enjoy this lesson about numbers in Kongo? 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.

Kongo Gender   Kongo Gender

Kongo Phrases   Kongo Phrases



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