Haitian Creole/Numbers

< Haitian Creole

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 tenEdit

# 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 nineteenEdit

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

One way to help you remember these numbers is that they all have "z" in them except 17,18,and 19

Twenty to twenty-nineEdit

Twenty is ven. For the rest, you take either vent- or ven- 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 vende
23 ventwa
24 venkat
25 vensenk
26 vensis
27 vensèt
28 ventwit
29 vennèf

Thirty to sixty-nineEdit

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 trande 42 karande 52 senkande 62 swasande
33 trantwa 43 karantwa 53 senkantwa 63 swasantwa
34 trankat 44 karankat 54 senkankat 64 swasankat
35 transenk 45 karansenk 55 senkansenk 65 swasansenk
36 transis 46 karansis 56 senkansis 66 swasansis
37 transèt 47 karansèt 57 senkansèt 67 swasansèt
38 trantwit 48 karantwit 58 senkantwit 68 swasantwit
39 trannèf 49 karannèf 59 senkannèf 69 swasannèf

Seventy to seventy-nineEdit

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 swasanonz, and not *swasanteyonz.

# Haitian Creole
70 swasandis
71 swasanonz
72 swasandouz
73 swasantrèz
74 swasankatòz
75 swasankenz
76 swasansèz
77 swasandisèt
78 swasandizwit
79 swasandisnèf
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