Numbers in Zulu | Counting in Zulu

Learning the Zulu Numbering system is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you master it the more you get closer to mastering the Zulu language.

Counting in Zulu

Learn to count inZulu - below is a list of the most commonly used numbers in Zulu.
1onekunye
2twokubili
3threekuthathu
4fourkune
5fivekuhlanu
6sixisithupha
7sevenisikhombisa
8eightisishiyagalombili
9nineisishiyagalolunye
10tenishumi
11elevenishumi nanye
12twelveishumi nambili
13thirteenishumi nantathu
14fourteenishumi nane
15fifteenishumi nanhlanu
16sixteenishumi nesithupha
17seventeenishumi nesikhombisa
18eighteenishumi nesishiyagalombili
19nineteenishumi nesishiyagalolunye
20twentyamashumi amabili
30thirtyamashumi amathathu
40fortyamashumi amane
50fiftyamashumi amahlanu
60sixtyamashumi ayisithupha
70seventyamashumi ayisikhombisa
80eightyamashumi ayisishiyagalombili
90ninetyamashumi ayisishiyagalolunye
100one hundredikhulu
200two hundredamakhulu amabili
300three hundredamakhulu amathathu
400four hundredamakhulu amane
500five hundredamakhulu amahlanu
600six hundredamakhulu ayisithupha
700seven hundredamakhulu ayisikhombisa
800eight hundredamakhulu ayisishiyagalombili
900amakhulu ayisishiyagalolunye
1,000one thousandinkulungwane
1,000,000one millionisigidi
0zeroiqanda

Ordinal Numbers in Zulu

Ordinal numbers are numbers used to tell us the position of something in a sequence. Ordinal numbers do not show quantity, they only show rank/position. For instance in a race you would use ordinal numbers to show who came first, second, third, etc…

firstokukuqala
secondokwesibili
thirdokwesithathu
fourthokwesine
fifthokwesihlanu
sixthokwesithupha
seventhokwesikhombisa
eighthokwesishigalombili
ninthokwesishigalolunye
tenthokwesishumi
eleventhokweshumi nanye
twelfthokweshumi nambili
thirteenthokweshumi nantathu
fourteenthokweshumi nane
fifteenthokweshumi nanhlanu
sixteenthokweshumi nesithupha
seventeenthokweshi nesikhombisa
eighteenthokweshumi nesishiyagalombili
nineteenthokweshumi nanye
twentiethokwamashumi amabili

Here are a few examples using the numbers in a sentence.

I have three cows

[number + noun] Nginezinkomo ezintathu

My daughter has two cats

[number + noun] Indodakazi yami inamakati amabili

She speaks seven languages

[verb + number] Ukhuluma izilimi eziyisikhombisa

My brother has one car

[number + singular noun] Umfowethu unemoto eyodwa

This is my second lesson

[ordinal number + noun] Isifundo sami sesibili lesi

Did you read the third book?

[ordinal number + noun] Uyifundile incwadi yesithathu

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