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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Oromo Numbers

Ethiopian Argument | Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Welcome to the sixth Oromo lesson about numbers. This time we will learn about cardinal and ordinal numbers, followed by grammar rules, then animal names, finally a conversation in Oromo to help you practice your daily phrases.
CardinalOromoOrdinalOromo
onetokkofirsttokkoffaa
twolamasecondlammaffaa
threesadiithirdsadaffaa
fourafurfourtharfaffaa
fiveshanfifthshanaffaa
sixjaa'asixthjaa'affaa
seventorbaseventhtorbaffaa
eightsaddeeteighthsaddeetaffaa
ninesagalninthsaglaffaa
tenkudhantenthkurnaffaa
elevenkudhatokkoeleventhkudhatokkoffaa
twelvekudhalamatwelfthkudhalammaffaa
thirteenkudhasadiithirteenthkudhasadaffaa
fourteenkudhafuronceal-tokko
fifteenkudhashantwiceal-lama
sixteenkudhajaa'aMondaydafinoo / ojja duree
seventeenkudhatorbaTuesdayfacaasaa
eighteenkudhasaddeetWednesdayroobii
nineteenkudhasagalThursdaykamisa
twentydigdamaFridayjimaata
seventy onetorbaatami tokkoSaturdaysambata xinnaa / sambata duraa
one hundreddhibba tokkoSundaydilbata / sambata guddaa


Numbers Grammar Rules
Oromo cardinal numbers refer to the counting numbers, because they show quantity. For example: I speak twolanguages. Ordinal numbers on the other hand tell the order of things and their rank: my first language is Oromo. The examples below use numbers in different ways and places to demonstrate how they behave in a sentence.
Grammar + RulesOromo
I have three dogs
[number + noun]
saree sadii nqaba 
my daughter has two cats
[number + noun]
intalli ko adurree lama qabdi 
she speaks seven languages
[verb + number]
afaan torba dubbatti 
my brother has one son
[number + singular noun]
obboleessi ko ilma tokko qaba 
this is my second lesson
[ordinal number + noun]
kun barnota ko lammaffaadha 
did you read the third book?
[ordinal number + noun]
kitaabicha saddaffaa dubbiftee? 

We're not done yet! The following is a list of animals.

cow
cow
sa'a
goat
goat
reettii
donkey
donkey
harree
horse
horse
farda
dog
dog
saree
cat
cat
adurree
mouse
mouse
antuuta
bird
bird
simbira

Conversation in Oromo
Now we finally reach the last part, the practice of the daily conversations. These phrases are used to get to know new people, and break the ice.
EnglishOromo
Where are you from?biyyi ke eessa?
I'm from the U.Sbiyyo ko usa
I'm Americanani nama amaarikaaniti
Where do you live?essa jiraatta?
I live in the U.Sbiyya amaarikaani njiraadha
What do you do for a living?maal hojiin ke?
I'm a studentani barataadha

Source: learn101

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