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Numbers and Counting in Breton
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Demat, Breton Learners! 😃

➡ In today's lesson you will learn how to count in the Breton language spoken in Brittany (France).

Happy learning!

The Cardinal Numbers in Breton[edit | edit source]

Rules[edit | edit source]

Digits from zero to nine are rendered by specific nouns: mann [0], unan [1], daou / div (masculine/feminine) [2], tri / teir (masculine/feminine) [3], pevar / peder (masculine/feminine) [4], pemp [5], c'hwec'h [6], seizh [7], eizh [8] and nav [9].


The tens follow a vigesimal system (based on the number twenty): dek [10], ugent [20], tregont [30], daou-ugent (2*20) [40], hanter-kant (half-hundred) [ 50], tri-ugent (3*20) [60], dek ha tri-ugent (10+3*20) [70], pevar-ugent (4*20) [80] and dek ha pevar-ugent (10 +4*20) [90].


Compound numbers from eleven to nineteen are formed starting with the unit, followed by the root of the word for ten (dek): unnek [11], daouzek [12], trizek [13], pevarzek [14], pemzek [15], c'hwezek [16], seitek [17], triwec'h (literally, three sixes) [18] and naontek [19].


Compound numbers from twenty-one to twenty-nine are formed starting with the unit, followed by the particle warn (above), then the word for twenty (e.g.: unan warn ugent [21], c 'hwec'h warn ugent [26]). Compound numbers from thirty-one to ninety-nine are formed starting with the unit (or the number 11 to 19), followed by the particle ha (and), and the ten (exp. : tri ha tregont [33], seizh ha hanter-kant [57], pevarzek ha tri-ugent [74]).


Hundreds are formed by placing the multiplier digit in front of the word for hundred (kant or c'hant), with the exception of one hundred itself: kant [100], daou c'hant [200], tri c'hant [ 300], pevar c'hant [400], pemp kant [500], c'hwec'h kant [600], seizh kant [700], eizh kant [800] and nav c'hant [900].


Thousands are formed by placing the multiplier figure in front of the word for thousand (mil or vil), with the exception of thousand itself: mil [1,000], daou vil [2,000], tri mil [3,000], pevar mil [4000], pemp mil [5000], c'hwec'h mil [6000], seizh mil [7000], eizh mil [8000] and nav mil [9000].


A million is called ur million, and a billion, ur billion.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Number Brezhoneg
0 mann
1 unan
2
  • daou
  • div [f]
3
  • tri
  • teir [f]
4
  • pevar
  • peder [f]
5 pemp
6 c'hwec'h
7 seizh
8 eizh
9 nav
10 dek
11 unnek
12 daouzek
13 trizek
14 pevarzek
15 pemzek
16 c'hwezek
17 seitek
18 triwec'h
19 naontek
20 ugent
30 tregont
40 daou-ugent
50 hanter-kant
60 tri-ugent
70 dek ha tri-ugent
80 pevar-ugent
90 dek ha pevar-ugent
100 kant
1,000 mil
1,000,000 milion

Sources[edit | edit source]

The Ordinal Numbers in Breton[edit | edit source]

Brezhoneg English
1o kentañ, unanvet first
2o eil, eilvet, daouvet, divvet second
3o trede, trivet, teirvet third

The Fractions in Breton[edit | edit source]

Brezhoneg English
1/2 hanter half
1/3 trederenn third
1/4 kard quarter
% an dregantad percent
ar jederez calculator

Mathematics Vocabulary in Breton[edit | edit source]

Breton English
ar sammadur addition
al lamadur the subtraction
al liesadur the multiplication
ar rannadur the division
bras big
brasoc'h eget/evit bigger
bihan small
bihanoc'h eget/evit smaller
par da equal
anpar da different

Videos: Learn the Numbers in Breton Language[edit | edit source]

Cours de breton dĂ©butant : Les chiffres[edit | edit source]

Piv a ra unan ? (Compter en breton avec Elsa Corre)[edit | edit source]

Chiffres et Sexe en breton - Brezhoneg Bemdez[edit | edit source]

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