Tok Pisin numbers

How to count in Tok Pisin, an English-based creole spoken in Papua New Guinea.

For numbers beyond ten, the numbers eleven, twelv, tetin, etc are usually used. Sometimes with the suffix -pela. The other numbers (wanpela ten wan, wanpela ten tu, etc) are used mainly in situations where there is a lot of background noise, such as on an aeroplane, to ensure there is no ambiguity.

The ordinal numbers are written either as one word (nambawan, nambatu, etc) or as separate words.

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Numeral Cardinal Ordinal
0 nating, not, ziro
1 wan, wanpela namba wan
2 tu, tupela namba tu
3 tri, tripela namba tri
4 foa, fopela namba foa
5 faiv, faipela namba faiv
6 sikis, sikispela namba sikis
7 seven, sevenpela namba seven
8 et, etpela namba et
9 nain, nainpela namba nain
10 ten, tenpela namba ten
11 wanpela ten wan, eleven
12 wanpela ten tu, twelv, twelpela
13 wanpela ten tri, tetin
14 wanpela ten foa, fotin
15 wanpela ten faiv, fiftin
16 wanpela ten sikis, sikistin
17 wanpela ten seven, seventin
18 wanpela ten et, etin
19 wanpela ten nain, naintin
20 tupela ten, twenti
21 tupela ten wan
22 tupela ten tu
23 tupela ten tri
24 tupela ten foa
25 tupela ten faiv
26 tupela ten sikis
27 tupela ten seven
28 tupela ten et
29 tupela ten nain
30 tripela ten, teti
40 fopela ten, foti
50 faipela ten, fifti
60 sikispela ten, sikisti
70 sevenpela ten, seventi
80 etpela ten, eti
90 nainpela ten, nainti
100 wan handet
101 wan handet wan
1,000 tausen
10,000 ten tausen
100,000 wan handet tausen
1 million wan milien

Information about counting in Tok Pisin

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