How to count in Herero (Otjiherero), a Bantu language spoken in Namibia, Bostwana and Angola.
Prefixes are added to the numbers 1 to 5 depending on which noun class they are associated with. For example, one person = omundu umwe, four goats = ozongombo ine, and five friends = omapanga yetano. The prefixes are also added to the numbers 11 to 15, and 20, 30, 40 and 50.
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|1||imwe (used for general counting)
-mwe (used with noun-class prefixes)
|2||imbari (used for general counting)
-vari (used with noun-class prefixes)
|3||indatu (used for general counting)
-tatu (used with noun-class prefixes)
|4||ine (used for general counting)
-ne (used with noun-class prefixes)
|5||indano (used for general counting)
-tano (used with noun-class prefixes)
|11||omurongo na -mwe|
|12||omurongo na -vari|
|13||omurongo na -tatu|
|14||omurongo na -ne|
|15||omurongo na -tano|
|16||omurongo na hamboumwe|
|17||omurongo na hambombari|
|18||omurongo na hambondatu|
|19||omurongo na muvyu|
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