Haitian Creole/Numbers

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To understand numbers in Haitian Creole, it is helpful to know French (but not necessary) because they are all derived from that language. The Haitian Creole numbers are mostly phonetic representations of how the same numbers are pronounced in French (changed according to a few rules), so if you know some rules regarding French pronunciation, you will understand Haitian Creole numbers more readily.

Zero to ten[edit]

# Haitian Creole
0 zewo
1 en
2 de
3 twa
4 kat
5 senk
6 sis
7 sèt
8 uit
9 nèf
10 dis

Eleven to nineteen[edit]

# Haitian Creole
11 onz
12 douz
13 trèz
14 katòz
15 kenz
16 sèz
17 disèt
18 dizuit
19 diznèf

One way to help you remember these numbers is that they all have "z" in them except 17.

Twenty to twenty-nine[edit]

Twenty is ven. For the rest, you take either vent- or venn- and add the units number. Use vent- for 1, 8 and 9. The only units number that is different from before is 1, which is eyen instead of en (which comes from French et-un, "and-one").

# Haitian Creole
20 ven
21 venteyen
22 vennde
23 venntwa
24 vennkat
25 vennsenk
26 vennsis
27 vennsèt
28 ventuit
29 ventnèf

Thirty to sixty-nine[edit]

These are all similar to the twenties, where "ven" (20) is the only irregularity.

# Haitian Creole # Haitian Creole # Haitian Creole # Haitian Creole
30 trant 40 karant 50 senkant 60 swasant
31 tranteyen 41 karanteyen 51 senkanteyen 61 swasanteyen
32 trannde 42 karannde 52 senkannde 62 swasannde
33 tranntwa 43 karanntwa 53 senkanntwa 63 swasanntwa
34 trannkat 44 karannkat 54 senkannkat 64 swasannkat
35 trannsenk 45 karannsenk 55 senkannsenk 65 swasannsenk
36 trannsis 46 karannsis 56 senkannsis 66 swasannsis
37 trannsèt 47 karannsèt 57 senkannsèt 67 swasannsèt
38 trantuit 48 karantuit 58 senkantuit 68 swasantuit
39 trantnèf 49 karantnèf 59 senkantnèf 69 swasantnèf

Seventy to seventy-nine[edit]

These are irregular. You take the word for "sixty" (swasant) and add the numbers 10–19 as though it were "sixty-ten" for "seventy". This is also derived from French. Note that where in French you would say soixante-et-onze (71), you say swasantonz, and not *swasanteyonz.

# Haitian Creole
70 swasanndis
71 swasantonz
72 swasanndouz
73 swasanntrèz
74 swasannkatòz
75 swasannkenz
76 swasannsèz
77 swasanndisèt
78 swasanndizuit
79 swasanndiznèf
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