Wolof Numbers & Counting

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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