Besides the Amharic symbols, I will also write about other things like basic words and some grammar.
In today’s post I’m going to talk about numbers, which are one of the first things we learn when studying a new language, at least how to count from 1 to 10. Numbers in Amharic have their own characters and even when today the Arabic numbers are widely used in Ethiopia, the traditional notation is also used. To start I’m going to list the numbers from 1 to 10 with their writing and pronunciation.
The complete sequence from 1 to 10: (Sounds by FSI)
These are the signs for the following numbers:
|50||//||amsa // hamsa|
|60||//||sïlsa // sïdsa|
|1.000||//||ših // ši|
To say 24 for example we must say "20-4" or "haya aratt" , 47 would be "40-7" or "arba säbatt" and so on. In the numbers from 11 to 19 instead of saying "assïir" for the number ten, you say "asra" and the number from 1 to 9 that corrensponds, for example 10-3, "asra sost" for 13.
For the hundreds the process is similar, for example if we want to say 536, we will say "5-100-30-6", or "ammïst mäto sälasa sïddïst" .
Finally if we want to say 1985, we’ll say "10-9-100-80-5" or "asra zät’äñ mäto sämanya ammïst" .
Neither 1.000, nor 1.000.000 have symbols, so to write the number 8.593, we will say "8-ši-5-100-90-3" .