Whether you're a linguistics enthusiast, a cultural explorer, or someone curious about the world's diverse numerical systems, our Wikibook is your gateway to understanding the multifaceted nature of Sylheti numbers. Join us on this enlightening journey as we unravel the secrets behind these numbers that bridge the gap between mathematics and culture.

Course outlines


Our Wikibook offers an in-depth exploration of Sylheti numbers, delving into their origins, historical importance, and how they interweave with the rich tapestry of Sylheti culture. You'll discover:

  1. Numerical System: Learn about the structure and unique characteristics of Sylheti numbers, how they are written, and their distinct counting system.
  2. Cultural Significance: Explore how Sylheti numbers are deeply embedded in cultural practices, rituals, and ceremonies. From weddings to religious observances, these numbers play a central role.
  3. Linguistic Intricacies: Dive into the linguistic aspects of Sylheti numbers, understanding how they morph into meaningful words, phrases, and idiomatic expressions in various contexts.
  4. Sylheti Folklore: Uncover the fascinating stories, myths, and legends that feature Sylheti numbers as key elements, revealing their cultural importance and storytelling tradition.
  5. Practical Use: Discover how Sylheti numbers are employed in everyday life, from bargaining in markets to expressing emotions, showcasing their versatility and adaptability.

Numerical System



Numeral system
Western Arabic numeral system 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Sylheti numeral system                    
Eastern Arabic numeral systems ٠ ١ ٢ ٣ ٤ ٥ ٦ ٧ ٨ ٩

Cultural Significance


This list contains a list of common words associated with different Numbers in Sylheti and their English meanings.

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Sylheti word IPA M/F Literal meaning English meaning
ꠢꠣꠔ ɦat̪ Seven Multi, Multiple, Many, Uncountable
ꠛꠣꠞꠅ ꠈꠣꠃꠞꠤ baɾɔ xaʊɾi Feminine Twelve eater Slut
ꠛꠣꠞꠅ ꠎꠣꠔ baɾɔ zat̪ Twelve types/kind Diverse, Multi, Multiple
ꠌꠟ꠆ꠟꠤꠡꠣ sɔlliʃa Fortieth Popular Hindu religious poetry. The Muslims share the importance of the number 40 with the Jewish traditions. This word also used as warning.

Linguistic Intricacies


Sylheti folklore


Practical Use

Sylheti numeral Sylheti word IPA English
  ꠄꠇ /ɛx/ one
  ꠖꠥꠁ /d̪ui/ two
  ꠔꠤꠘ /t̪in/ three
  ꠌꠣꠁꠞ /saiɾ/ four
  ꠙꠣꠌ /fas/ five
  ꠍꠄ /sɔj/ six
  ꠢꠣꠔ /ɦat̪/ seven
  ꠀꠐ /aʈ/ eight
  ꠘꠄ /nɔj/ nine
   ꠖꠡ /d̪ɔʃ/ ten
Symbols Sylheti word IPA English
𓅪 ꠄꠉꠥ ꠙꠣꠈꠤ /ɛɡu faki/ one bird
𓅪𓅪 ꠖꠥꠉꠥ ꠙꠣꠈꠤ /d̪uɡu faki/ two birds
𓅪𓅪𓅪 ꠔꠤꠘꠉꠥ ꠙꠣꠈꠤ /t̪inɡu faki/ three birds

United Kingdom


Sylheti speakers in London are a diverse group that includes both native Sylheti speakers, who originally come from the Sylhet region and speak Sylheti as their mother tongue, and British individuals of various backgrounds who have learned to speak Sylheti, often due to family connections or cultural ties. This linguistic diversity reflects the multicultural nature of London, where people from different linguistic backgrounds come together to form a vibrant community. Here are some examples in the context of London.

Sylheti word IPA English
ꠄꠇ ꠙꠣꠃꠘ /ɛx faun/ one pound


Sylheti word IPA English
ꠄꠇ ꠞꠥꠙꠤ /ɛx ɾufi/ one rupee


Sylheti word IPA English
ꠄꠇ ꠐꠦꠇꠣ /ɛx ʈɛxa/ one taka