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Cardinal numbers[edit | edit source]

There exist two numerals in Bikol. The native Bikol and the Spanish numerals. Generally, Bicolanos use the Spanish terms if they are talking about time. You will, however, see the native terms if you would read literary books. If you are going on a shopping, prices are given in Spanish (or English) numerals.

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
wara saro duwa tulo apat lima anom pito walo siyam
zero one two three four five six seven eight nine

Bikol has distinct words for numbers ranging from 0-10, as shown above. To form numbers within the range of 11 and 19, the prefix kag- is added to the number separated by a dash (or not in some cases), as also shown above.

Decadal Counting
kagsaro....11 duwampulo may saro....21 tulompulo may saro....31 apat na pulo may saro....41 limampulo may saro....51 anom na pulo may saro....61 pitompulo may saro....71 walompulo may saro....81 siyam na pulo may saro....91
kagduwa....12 duwampulo may duwa....22 tulompulo may duwa....32 apat na pulo may duwa....42 limampulo may duwa....52 anom na pulo may duwa....62 pitompulo may duwa....72 walompulo may duwa....82 siyam na pulo may duwa....92
... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
kagsiyam....19 duwampulo may siyam....29 tulompulo may siyam....39 apat na pulo may siyam....49 limampulo may siyam....59 anom na pulo may siyam....69 pitompulo may siyam....79 walompulo may siyam....89 siyam na pulo may siyam....99

Numbers above 19 whose digit ends with zero use the base number (0-9) and add the suffix -mpulo if the base number ends in a vowel, as shown in these examples:

  • duwampulo (twenty)
  • limampulo (fifty)

If the ending letter of the base number ends with the letter "o", the letter is changed to "u" before adding the suffix -mpulo, as shown in these examples:

  • tulumpulo (thirty)
  • pitumpulo (seventy)
  • walumpulo (eighty)

If the ending letter of the base number is a consonant, the ligature na is added and the "m" from the suffix -mpulo is dropped, incorporating na into the suffix. However, it is still spelled as one word, as shown in these examples:

  • apat na pulo (forty)
  • anom na pulo (sixty)
  • siyam na pulo (ninety)

Numbers above 20 whose ending digit is a digit other than zero use the base form of the number but attach a contracted form of may, the Bikol word for "with", and are separated by a space, as shown in these examples:

  • apat na pulo may pito (forty-seven) or apat na pulo-pito
  • duwampulo may anom (twenty-six) or duwampulo pito
  • siyam na pulo may siyam (ninety-nine) or siyam na pulo siyam)
Decades with the -mpulo Format
10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
sampulo duwampulo tulompulo apat na pulo limampulo anom na pulo pitompulo walompulo siyam na pulo
ten twenty thirty forty fifty sixty seventy eighty ninety

When numbers reach the hundreds range, the number is modified by dropping the last letter and adding the suffix -gatos, as shown in these examples:

  • sanggatos (one hundred)
  • limang gatos (five hundred)

For counting thousands, use the word ribo, meaning "thousand".

  • sang ribo (One thousand)
  • tulong ribo apat na gatos duwa (thirty thousand four hundred two)

For counting millions, use the word milyon, meaning "million".

  • sarong milyon (one million)
  • apat na milyon tulong gatos kag-anom na ribo siyam na gatos lima (four million three hundred sixteen thousand nine hundred five)

Ordinal numbers[edit | edit source]

Except for the number 1, Bikol ordinals are made by adding the prefix ika- to the number in most cases, as shown in these examples:

  • ika-apat (fourth)
  • ikalima (fifth)
  • ikapito (seventh)
  • ikawalo (eighth)

The number 1 is a special case, as it is written as enot.

For numbers ranging above ten, the ika- prefix is applied to the number in the same way that it is done regularly, as shown in these examples below:

  • ikakag-apat (fourteenth)
  • ikaduwampulo siyam (twenty-ninth)
  • ikawalumpulo walo (eighty-eighth)

Spanish numbers[edit | edit source]

In certain situations, such as the numbering of buildings or places and financial transactions, Spanish numbers are used instead of the Bikol ones.

0 = sero
1 = uno11 = onse
2 = dos12 = dose
3 = tres13 = trese
4 = kwatro14 = katorse
5 = singko15 = kinse
6 = sais16 = disisais
7 = siyete17 = disisyete
8 = otso18 = disiotso
9 = nwebe19 = disinwebe
10 = diyes20 = bainte

How to tell your age?[edit | edit source]

Pira na an edad mo? — How old are you?

dose anyos na ako — I'm twelve years old.


To do:
<ADD STUFF -- such as 'how much' 'how many'>

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