Sobei numbers

How to count in Sobei, a member of the Western Oceanic branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family spoken in Papua province of Indonesia.

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Numeral Cardinal Ordinal
0 mamuse  
1 tes werfaumau, fufumau, s’as’amau
2 daidu sortane wero tara daidu
3 tou sortane wero tara tou
4 fau sortane wero tara fau
5 dim sortane wero tara dim
6 dimtes (5+1) sortane wero tara dimtes
7 dimdaidu (5+2) sortane wero tara dimdau
8 dimtou (5+3) sortane wero tara dimtou
9 dimfau (5+4) sortane wero tara dimfau
10 snafut sortane wero tara snafut
11 snafut tes  
12 snafut daidu  
13 snafut dou  
14 snafut fau  
15 snafut dim  
16 snafut dimtes  
17 snafut dimdaidu  
18 snafut dimtou  
19 snafut dimfau  
20 daidu snafut  
21 daidu snafut tes  
22 daidu snafut daidu  
23 daidu snafut tou  
24 daidu snafut fau  
25 daidu snafut dim  
26 daidu snafut dimtes  
27 daidu snafut dimdaidu  
28 daidu snafut dimtou  
29 daidu snafut dimfau  
30 tou snafut  
40 fau snafut  
50 dim snafut  
60 dimtes snafut  
70 dimdaidu snafut  
80 dimtou snafut  
90 dimfau snafut  
100 snafut wero snafut (10x10)  
200 daidu snafut snafut  
300 tou snafut snafut  
400 fau snafut snafut  
500 dim snafut snafut  
600 dimtes snafut snafut  
700 dimdaidu snafut snafut  
800 dimtou snafut snafut  
900 dimfau snafut snafut  
1,000 tes snafut snafut wero  
2,000 daidu snafut snafut wero  
3,000 tou snafut snafut wero  
4,000 fau snafut snafut wero  
5,000 dim snafut snafut wero  
6,000 dimtes snafut snafut wero  
7,000 dimdaidu snafut snafut wero  
8,000 dimtou snafut snafut wero  
9,000 dimfau snafut snafut wero  
10,000 snafut snafut wero  
1 1/2 tes tibo  

Source: Pempenye’se fenti den sobeiuse perbendaharaan kata Bahasa sobei. Sobei vocabulary. Program Kerjasma UNCEN-SIL, Irian Jaya, Indonesia – 1987.

Information about the Sobei language

Information about Sobei numerals

Information provided by Wolfgang Kuhl

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Numbers in Oceanic languages

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