# Language/Kabyle/Vocabulary/Numbers

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## Introduction[edit | edit source]

Welcome to the lesson on numbers in Kabyle! In this lesson, we will explore the fascinating world of numbers in the Kabyle language. Numbers are an essential part of any language, and learning them will greatly enhance your ability to communicate in Kabyle. We will cover numbers from one to one million, and also discuss how to use them in various contexts. By the end of this lesson, you will be able to confidently count and use numbers in Kabyle.

To make our learning journey easier, we will follow a structured approach. First, we will learn the basic numbers and their pronunciation. Then, we will explore how to use numbers in different scenarios, such as telling time, expressing quantities, and more. Finally, we will practice what we have learned through interactive exercises and scenarios.

So, let's dive into the world of Kabyle numbers and start building our knowledge!

## Basic Numbers[edit | edit source]

In Kabyle, numbers are an integral part of everyday life. Whether you want to count objects, tell the time, or express quantities, knowing the numbers is crucial. Let's start by learning the basic numbers from one to ten:

Kabyle | Pronunciation | English Translation |
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yed | yed | one |

sin | sin | two |

krad | krad | three |

kusem | kusem | four |

sfer | sfer | five |

sdis | sdis | six |

seb3a | seb3a | seven |

tam | tam | eight |

tes3a | tes3a | nine |

merad | merad | ten |

Great job! You have just learned the basic numbers in Kabyle. Take some time to practice pronouncing them and memorizing their meanings.

## Counting Beyond Ten[edit | edit source]

Now that we have a solid foundation with the basic numbers, let's move on to counting beyond ten. In Kabyle, numbers from eleven to nineteen are formed by combining the word for ten (merad) with the ones digit. For example, eleven is "merad u yed," twelve is "merad u sin," and so on. Let's take a look at the numbers from eleven to nineteen:

Kabyle | Pronunciation | English Translation |
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merad u yed | merad u yed | eleven |

merad u sin | merad u sin | twelve |

merad u krad | merad u krad | thirteen |

merad u kusem | merad u kusem | fourteen |

merad u sfer | merad u sfer | fifteen |

merad u sdis | merad u sdis | sixteen |

merad u seb3a | merad u seb3a | seventeen |

merad u tam | merad u tam | eighteen |

merad u tes3a | merad u tes3a | nineteen |

Fantastic! You are making great progress. Now, let's move on to the tens and hundreds in Kabyle.

## Tens and Hundreds[edit | edit source]

In Kabyle, numbers from twenty to ninety-nine are formed using a combination of the tens and ones digits. Let's take a look at the tens in Kabyle:

Kabyle | Pronunciation | English Translation |
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20 | u dmis | twenty |

30 | u krad | thirty |

40 | u kusem | forty |

50 | u sfer | fifty |

60 | u sdis | sixty |

70 | u seb3a | seventy |

80 | u tam | eighty |

90 | u tes3a | ninety |

To form numbers from twenty-one to ninety-nine, we simply combine the tens digit with the ones digit. For example, twenty-one is "u dmis u yed," thirty-two is "u krad u sin," and so on.

Now, let's move on to the hundreds in Kabyle. The word for hundred is "miya." To form numbers from one hundred to nine hundred, we combine the hundreds digit with the tens and ones digits. For example, one hundred is "miya," two hundred is "sin miya," and so on. Let's take a look at some examples:

Kabyle | Pronunciation | English Translation |
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100 | miya | one hundred |

200 | sin miya | two hundred |

300 | krad miya | three hundred |

400 | kusem miya | four hundred |

500 | sfer miya | five hundred |

600 | sdis miya | six hundred |

700 | seb3a miya | seven hundred |

800 | tam miya | eight hundred |

900 | tes3a miya | nine hundred |

Excellent work! You are now familiar with the basic numbers, as well as the tens and hundreds in Kabyle. Let's move on to more advanced topics related to numbers.

## Large Numbers[edit | edit source]

In Kabyle, large numbers are formed using a combination of the thousands, millions, and billions digits. Let's take a look at some examples:

Kabyle | Pronunciation | English Translation |
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1,000 | alf | one thousand |

10,000 | milyun | ten thousand |

100,000 | milyun u alf | one hundred thousand |

1,000,000 | milyun n tmurt | one million |

1,000,000,000 | bilyun | one billion |

To express larger numbers, we follow a similar pattern of combining the thousands, millions, and billions digits with the tens, ones, and hundreds digits. For example, 5,432 is "sfer milyun u krad u sin u kusem."

## Using Numbers in Context[edit | edit source]

Now that we have covered the basic numbers, let's explore how to use them in different contexts. Numbers are not only used to count objects, but also play a crucial role in telling time, expressing quantities, and more. Let's take a look at some examples:

### Telling Time[edit | edit source]

Telling time in Kabyle is a combination of numbers and specific words for different parts of the day. Here are some examples:

- 9:00 AM - "tes3a d tmurt" (nine of the morning)
- 3:30 PM - "krad u sin d nemsa" (three and a half of the afternoon)
- 7:45 PM - "seb3a u krad u sfer d l3sha" (seven forty-five of the evening)

Practice telling time in Kabyle by using different numbers and parts of the day. It will greatly improve your ability to express time in conversations.

### Expressing Quantities[edit | edit source]

Numbers are also used to express quantities in Kabyle. Whether you want to talk about the number of objects or the amount of something, numbers are essential. Here are some examples:

- I have two apples. - "Sekkenn sin u dmis."
- She has five cats. - "Tettwasef sfer n yama."
- We need ten chairs. - "Seddaw yedran n tikelt."

Practice expressing quantities in Kabyle by creating your own sentences using different numbers and nouns.

## Cultural Insights[edit | edit source]

In Kabyle culture, numbers hold great significance. They are not only used for counting and practical purposes but are also deeply intertwined with traditional beliefs and customs. For example, the number seven is considered a lucky number in Kabyle culture, symbolizing harmony and balance. It is often associated with important rituals and celebrations.

Another interesting aspect of Kabyle culture is the use of numbers in traditional storytelling and poetry. Numbers are often used symbolically to convey deeper meanings and emotions. For example, the number three is associated with unity and completeness, while the number nine represents spirituality and wisdom.

## Exercises[edit | edit source]

Now it's time to practice what you have learned! Here are some exercises to help you reinforce your knowledge of Kabyle numbers:

1. Write the following numbers in Kabyle: a) 25 b) 68 c) 153

2. Translate the following sentences into Kabyle: a) I have three books. b) She bought seven oranges. c) We need nine chairs.

3. Tell the time in Kabyle for the following scenarios: a) 6:15 AM b) 2:30 PM c) 9:45 PM

## Solutions[edit | edit source]

1. Write the following numbers in Kabyle: a) 25 - "sin u dmis u dmis" b) 68 - "sdis u tes3a" c) 153 - "krad u dmis u sin u tam u sin"

2. Translate the following sentences into Kabyle: a) I have three books. - "Sekkenn krad n teqbaylit." b) She bought seven oranges. - "Tettwasef seb3a n llimun." c) We need nine chairs. - "Seddaw tes3a yedran n tikelt."

3. Tell the time in Kabyle for the following scenarios: a) 6:15 AM - "sdis d tmurt u sfer" b) 2:30 PM - "sin u dmis d nemsa u krad" c) 9:45 PM - "tes3a d l3sha u krad u kusem"

Great job! You have successfully completed the exercises. Keep practicing to further improve your understanding and fluency in Kabyle numbers.

## Sources[edit | edit source]

## Other Lessons[edit | edit source]

- Relationships
- Drinks
- Counting and Numbers
- Introducing yourself
- Food
- Days of the Week
- Fruits
- Modes of transportation
- Feelings and Emotions

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