Yoruba Numbers

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

Cardinal and Ordinal
Yoruba
one
eyokan
first
okan
two
meji
second
ekeji
three
meta
third
eketa
four
merin
fourth
ekerin
five
marun
fifth
ekarun
six
mefa
sixth
ekefa
seven
meje
seventh
ekeje
eight
mejo
eighth
ikejo
nine
mesan
ninth
ikesan
ten
mewa
tenth
ikewa
eleven
mokanla
eleventh
ikokanla
twelve
mejila
twelfth
ikejila
thirteen
metala
thirteenth
iketala
fourteen
merinla
once
okan
fifteen
meedogun
twice
meji
sixteen
merindinlogun
Monday
ojo-aje
seventeen
metadinlogun
Tuesday
ojo-isegun
eighteen
mejidinlogun
Wednesday
ojo'ru
nineteen
mokandinlogun
Thursday
ojo alamisi
twenty
ogun
Friday
ojo-eti
seventy one
mokan-le-laadorin
Saturday
ojo abameta
one hundred
ogorun
Sunday
ojo aiku

Numbers Grammar Rules

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

Grammar + Rules
Yoruba
I have three dogs
[number + noun]
mo ni aja meta
my daughter has two cats
[number + noun]
omobirin mi ni ologbo meji
she speaks seven languages
[verb + number]
o (arabirin) nso ede meje
my brother has one son
[number + singular noun]
arakunrin mi ni omokunrin kan
this is my second lesson
[ordinal number + noun]
eyi ni eko keji mi
did you read the third book?
[ordinal number + noun]
nje o ka iwe keta?

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

cow
cow
maalu
goat
goat
ewure
donkey
donkey
rakunmi
horse
horse
esin
dog
dog
aja
cat
cat
ologbo
mouse
mouse
ekute
bird
bird
eye

Conversation in Yoruba

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
Yoruba
Where are you from?
nibo lo ti wa?
I'm from the U.S
mo wa lati u.s.
I'm American
omo orile-ede amerika ni mi
Where do you live?
nibo lo ngbe?
I live in the U.S
mo ngbe ni u.s
What do you do for a living?
kini ise ti o fi njeun?
I'm a student
omo ile-iwe ni mi

Did you enjoy this lesson about numbers in Yoruba? 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.

Yoruba Gender   Yoruba Gender

Yoruba Phrases   Yoruba Phrases



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