How to count in Yonaguni (ドゥナンムヌイ), a Southern Ryukyuan language spoken on Yonaguni, one of the Ryūkyū islands in southern Japan.
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|1 (一ち)||トゥーチ (ttūci)|
|2 (二ち)||ターチ (ttāci)|
|3 (三ち)||ミーチ (mīci)|
|4 (四ち)||ドゥーチ (dūci)|
|5 (五ち)||イチチ (icici)|
|6 (六ち)||ムーチ (mūci)|
|7 (七ち)||ナナチ (nanaci)|
|8 (八ち)||ダーチ (dāci)|
|9 (九ち)||クグンチ (kugunuci)|
|10 (十)||トゥ (tu)|
Yonaguni uses classifiers when counting specific things (like Japanese). For example: the チ (-ci) classifier shown above is used for inanimate objects. When counting people the classifier -taintu is used, for animals -gara is used, for flat objects -ira is used, and for trees -mutu is used.
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