Numbers in Motu

How to count in Motu, a Western Oceanic language spoken in parts of Papua New Guinea.

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Numeral Cardinal Ordinal
1 ta gini gunana
2 rua iharuana
3 toi ihatoina
4 hani ihahanina
5 ima ihaimana
6 tauratoi ihatauratoina
7 hitu ihahituna
8 taurahani ihataurahanina
9 taurahani-ta ihataurahani-tana
10 gwauta ihagwautana
11 gwauta-ta  
12 gwauta-rua  
13 gwauta-toi  
14 gwauta-hani  
15 gwauta-ima  
16 gwauta-tauratoi  
17 gwauta-hitu  
18 gwauta-taurahani  
19 gwauta-taurahani-ta  
20 rauhui  
21 ruahui-ta  
22 ruahui-rua  
23 ruahui-toi  
24 ruahui-hani  
25 ruahui-ima  
26 ruahui-tauratoi  
27 ruahui-hitu  
28 ruahui-taurahani  
29 ruahui-taurahani  
30 toi-ahui  
40 hari-ahui  
50 imaahui  
60 tauratoi-ahui, rabu taurato  
70 hitu-ahui  
80 taurahani-ahui, rabu taurahani  
90 taurahani-ta-ahui, rabu taurahani-ta  
100 sinahu-ta  
101 sinahu-ta dikoana ta, sinahu-ta mai ta  
102 sinahu-ta dikoana rua, sinahu-ta mai rua  
200 sinahu-rua  
300 sinahu-toi  
400 sinahu-hani  
500 sinahu-ima  
600 sinahu-tauratoi  
700 sinahu-hitu  
800 sinahu-taurahani  
900 sinahu-taurahani-ta  
1,000 daha-ta  
2,000 daha-rua  
3,000 daha-toi  
4,000 daha-hani  
5,000 daha-ima  
6,000 daha-tauratoi  
7,000 daha-hitu  
8,000 daha-taurahani  
9,000 daha-taurahani-ta  
10,000 gerebu-ta  
100,000 damaga-ta  


The numbers 2-8 have special forms when counting people: 2 = rarua, 3 = tatoi, 4 hahani, 5 = laima, 6 = tatauratoi, 7 = hahitu, 8 = tataurahani.

Source: A grammar of the Motu language of Papua. by R. Lister-Turner and J.B. Clark. Edited by Percy Chatterton.

Information compiled by Wolfgang Kuhl

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