Somali Numbers

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

Cardinal and Ordinal
Somali
one
hal
first
kow
two
labo
second
labaad
three
saddex
third
saddexaad
four
afar
fourth
afaraad
five
shan
fifth
shanaad
six
lix
sixth
lixaad
seven
toddobo
seventh
toddobaad
eight
sideed
eighth
sideedaad
nine
sagaal
ninth
sagaalaad
ten
toban
tenth
tobanaad
eleven
kow iyo toban
eleventh
kow iyo tobanaad
twelve
laba iyo toban
twelfth
laba iyo tobanaad
thirteen
saddex iyo toban
thirteenth
saddex iyo tobanaad
fourteen
afar iyo toban
once
hal mar
fifteen
shan iyo toban
twice
laba mar
sixteen
lix iyo toban
Monday
isniin
seventeen
toddobo iyo toban
Tuesday
talaado
eighteen
siddeed iyo toban
Wednesday
arbaco
nineteen
sagaal iyo toban
Thursday
khamiis
twenty
labaatan
Friday
jimco
seventy one
todobaatan iyo kow
Saturday
sabti
one hundred
boqol
Sunday
axad

Numbers Grammar Rules

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

Grammar + Rules
Somali
I have three dogs
[number + noun]
waxaan leeyahay saddex ey
my daughter has two cats
[number + noun]
gabadhaydu waxay leedahay labo bisadood
she speaks seven languages
[verb + number]
waxay ku hadashaa todobo af
my brother has one son
[number + singular noun]
walaalkay wuxuu leeyahay hal wiil
this is my second lesson
[ordinal number + noun]
kani waa darsigeygii labaad
did you read the third book?
[ordinal number + noun]
ma aqriday buugga saddexaad

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

cow
cow
sac
goat
goat
ri'
donkey
donkey
daayeer
horse
horse
faras
dog
dog
ey
cat
cat
bisad
mouse
mouse
jiir
bird
bird
shimbir

Conversation in Somali

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
Somali
Where are you from?
halkee ka timid?
I'm from the U.S
maraykankaan ka imid
I'm American
maraykan baan ahay
Where do you live?
halkee ku nooshahay
I live in the U.S
maraykankaan ku noolahay
What do you do for a living?
maxaad nolosha ka soo saarataa?
I'm a student
arday baan ahay

Did you enjoy this lesson about numbers in Somali? 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.

Somali Gender   Somali Gender

Somali Phrases   Somali Phrases



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