Wolof numbers are basically counted in groups of five. The numbers one through five (and ten) are the main numbers in the Wolof numeric system, all other numbers up to one-hundred are based on these numbers.
Wolof numbers are combined together to form new numbers. For example the
number twelve in Wolof is fukk ak ñaar (10 & 2), which when added together equals
twelve. With the exception of six through nine and all numbers divisible by ten, except for ten, up to one-hundred, such as twenty, thirty, forty, etc. all Wolof number combinations include the Wolof word ak which means ‘and’ or ‘with’.
When a larger number precedes a smaller number the numbers are added. For example the number sixteen in Wolof is fukk ak juróom benn (10 & 6 or 10 & 5 &1) which when added together equals sixteen. All numbers up to nineteen are in this order.
When a smaller number precedes a larger number then the numbers are multiplied. For
example the number forty in Wolof is ñeent fukk (4 & 10) which when multiplied equals forty. All numbers above twenty are in this order.
Wolof number combinations above twenty (except for 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 & 90) call for both addition and multiplication. For example the number thirty-two in Wolof is ñett fukk
ak ñaar (3 & 10 & 2), if written as a mathematical equation it would be 3 x 10 + 2 = 32.
Below is a table of Wolof numbers. Not all numbers are listed. We only included
the basic numbers and also tried to give examples of every kind of number combination. Click HERE for a complete list of Wolof numbers up to 100 along with their mathematical equations.
ENG. SYM. |
ENG. WORD |
WOLOF WORD |
0 |
zero |
tus * |
1 |
one |
benn |
2 |
two |
ñaar |
3 |
three |
ñett |
4 |
four |
ñeent |
5 |
five |
juróom |
6 |
six |
juróom benn |
7 |
seven |
juróom ñaar |
8 |
eight |
juróom ñett |
9 |
nine |
juróom ñeent |
10 |
ten |
fukk |
11 |
eleven |
fukk ak benn |
12 |
twelve |
fukk ak ñaar |
13 |
thirteen |
fukk ak ñett |
14 |
fourteen |
fukk ak ñeent |
15 |
fifteen |
fukk ak juróom |
16 |
sixteen |
fukk ak juróom benn |
17 |
seventeen |
fukk ak juróom ñaar |
18 |
eighteen |
fukk ak juróom ñett |
19 |
nineteen |
fukk ak juróom ñeent |
20 |
twenty |
ñaar fukk |
21 |
twenty one |
ñaar fukk ak benn |
22 |
twenty two |
ñaar fukk ak ñaar |
23 |
twenty three |
ñaar fukk ak ñett |
24 |
twenty four |
ñaar fukk ak ñeent |
25 |
twenty five |
ñaar fukk ak juróom |
26 |
twenty six |
ñaar fukk ak juróom benn |
27 |
twenty seven |
ñaar fukk ak juróom ñaar |
28 |
twenty eight |
ñaar fukk ak juróom ñett |
29 |
twenty nine |
ñaar fukk ak juróom ñeent |
30 |
thirty |
ñett fukk ** |
40 |
forty |
ñeent fukk |
50 |
fifty |
juróom fukk |
60 |
sixty |
juróom benn fukk |
61 |
sixty one |
juróom benn fukk ak benn |
62 |
sixty two |
juróom benn fukk ak ñaar |
63 |
sixty three |
juróom benn fukk ak ñett |
64 |
sixty four |
juróom benn fukk ak ñeent |
65 |
sixty five |
juróom benn fukk ak juróom |
66 |
sixty six |
juróom benn fukk ak juróom benn |
67 |
sixty seven |
juróom benn fukk ak juróom ñaar |
68 |
sixty eight |
juróom benn fukk ak juróom ñett |
69 |
sixty nine |
juróom benn fukk ak juróom ñeent |
70 |
seventy |
juróom ñaar fukk |
80 |
eighty |
juróom ñett fukk |
90 |
ninety |
juróom ñeent fukk |
100 |
one hundred |
teemeer |
1000 |
one thousand |
junni |
1,000,000 |
one million |
fukki teemeeri junni |
* The number zero (0) in Wolof can either be called tus or dara.
** The number thirty (30) in Wolof can either be called ñett fukk or fanweer.
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