[Conversation] Numbers – Sample Sentences

Here’s a few sample sentences to show how numbers can be used in Ciluba. As I explained in the “Let’s count!” lesson, numbers from 1 to 6, used as numeral, go accordingly with the noun they follow. as such, they reflect the class the noun belongs to. you will see that modification in color in the sentences.

Ndi ne bidimu makumi abidi ne bitanu
J’ai 25 ans
I’m 25 years old

Udi muntumine mifuku ibidi ya tshombe
Il m’a envoyé 2 sacs de manioc
He sent me 2 bags of manioc (cassava)

Udi mumpesha nigensu inayi ya losa
Il m’a donné 4 casseroles de riz
He gave me 4 saucepans of rice

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Kabeya mu mpanisha twela tusambombu
Kabeya m’a vendu 6 couteaux
Kabeya sold me 6 knives

Ndi musumba bibota bibidi ne dinga ya dimue
J’ai acheté 3 bananes et 1 mangue
I bought 3 bananas and 1 mango

Kwata bisaku bibidi bibidi
Prends 2 paniers à la fois
Take 2 baskets at a time

Muntu udi ne maboku abidi ne mikolu ibidi
L’être humain a 2 bras et 2 jambes
Human beings have 2 arms and 2 legs

Bantu ku bungi buabo badi nkama mwanda muteketa makumi asambombo ne umwe
Il y a, au total, 761 personnes
There are 761 people, overall

Let’s count!
Practice Counting in Ciluba

[Vocabulary] Tubalayi! / Let’s count! / Comptons!

0 cijèngù
1 ùmwà
2 ibìdì
3 isàtù
4 inaayi
5 itaanu
6 isambòmbò
7 mwandamutekèta
8 mwandamukùlù
9 citemba
10 diikùmi
11 diikùmi nè ùmwà
12 diikùmi nè ìbìdì
20 makùmi àbìdì
22 makùmi àbìdì nè ìbìdì
30 makùmi àsàtù
33 makumi asatu nè isatu
40 makùmi ànaayi
44 makùmi ànaayi nè inayi
50 makumi atanu
55 makumi atanu nè itanu
60 makùmi àsambòmbò
66 makumi asambombu nè isambombu
70 makumi mwanda muteketa
77 makumi mwanda muteketa nè mwanda muteketa
80 makumi mwanda mukulu
88 makumi mwanda mukulu nè mwanda mukulu
90 makumi citemba
99 makumi citemba nè citemba
100 lukama
101 lukama nè umwà
143 lukama nè makumi anayi nè isatu
200 nkama ibidi
201 nkama ibidi nè umwà
500 nkama itanu
1.000 cinunu
1.001 cinunu nè umwà
1.010 cinunu nè dikumi
1.111 cinunu nè lukama nè dikumi nè umwe
2.345 binunu bibidi nkama isatu makumi inayi nè itanu
10.000 binunu dikumi
20.000 binunu makumi abidi
54.321 binunu makumi atanu ne inayi nkama isatu makumi ibidi ne umwe
99.999 binunu makumi citemba ne citemba nkama citemba makumi citemba ne citemba
100.000 cishikula
1.000.000 mbombu (umwà)
2.000.000 mbombu ibidi
10.000.000 mbombu dikumi
100.000.000 mbombu lukama
1.000.000.000 citotu (cimwà)

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Note the forms mentioned there for numbers from 1 to 6, are the actual numbers, used as cardinal numeral pronouns or more commonly, nouns but used in a sentence as adverbs or adjectives, they will be modified accordingly to the nouns they follow…

ditala dimwe
un épi de maïs one corn cob
bintu bibidi
deux choses two things
bilamba bisatu
trois habits three clothes
mikanda inayi
quatre livres four books
mata atanu

 

cinq arcs five bows
tusuyu tusambombo
six haches six axes

Practice Counting in Ciluba

Sample Sentences