Oromo Numbers

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

Cardinal and Ordinal
Oromo
one
tokko
first
tokkoffaa
two
lama
second
lammaffaa
three
sadii
third
sadaffaa
four
afur
fourth
arfaffaa
five
shan
fifth
shanaffaa
six
jaa'a
sixth
jaa'affaa
seven
torba
seventh
torbaffaa
eight
saddeet
eighth
saddeetaffaa
nine
sagal
ninth
saglaffaa
ten
kudhan
tenth
kurnaffaa
eleven
kudhatokko
eleventh
kudhatokkoffaa
twelve
kudhalama
twelfth
kudhalammaffaa
thirteen
kudhasadii
thirteenth
kudhasadaffaa
fourteen
kudhafur
once
al-tokko
fifteen
kudhashan
twice
al-lama
sixteen
kudhajaa'a
Monday
dafinoo / ojja duree
seventeen
kudhatorba
Tuesday
facaasaa
eighteen
kudhasaddeet
Wednesday
roobii
nineteen
kudhasagal
Thursday
kamisa
twenty
digdama
Friday
jimaata
seventy one
torbaatami tokko
Saturday
sambata xinnaa / sambata duraa
one hundred
dhibba tokko
Sunday
dilbata / sambata guddaa

Numbers Grammar Rules

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

Grammar + Rules
Oromo
I have three dogs
[number + noun]
saree sadii nqaba
my daughter has two cats
[number + noun]
intalli ko adurree lama qabdi
she speaks seven languages
[verb + number]
afaan torba dubbatti
my brother has one son
[number + singular noun]
obboleessi ko ilma tokko qaba
this is my second lesson
[ordinal number + noun]
kun barnota ko lammaffaadha
did you read the third book?
[ordinal number + noun]
kitaabicha saddaffaa dubbiftee?

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

cow
cow
sa'a
goat
goat
reettii
donkey
donkey
harree
horse
horse
farda
dog
dog
saree
cat
cat
adurree
mouse
mouse
antuuta
bird
bird
simbira

Conversation in Oromo

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
Oromo
Where are you from?
biyyi ke eessa?
I'm from the U.S
biyyo ko usa
I'm American
ani nama amaarikaaniti
Where do you live?
essa jiraatta?
I live in the U.S
biyya amaarikaani njiraadha
What do you do for a living?
maal hojiin ke?
I'm a student
ani barataadha

Did you enjoy this lesson about numbers in Oromo? 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.

Oromo Gender   Oromo Gender

Oromo Phrases   Oromo Phrases



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