### Wolof Numeration (number) System

Wolof numeration system is based on 5 and 10. The system uses word phrases that use addition, multiplication functions on the base 5 and 10 to express individual numbers. The base numbers(5 10) are utilized to 100. The term ak( and or with) is used with every number except numbers 6 through 9, divisible by 10, except 10, up to 100. Twelve is expressed as fukk ak ñaar (10 & 2), "ten and two."

When a larger number is preceded by a smaller number, one adds. Sixteen is expressed as fukk ak juróom benn (10 & 6 or 10 & 5 &1), "ten and six" or "ten and five and one." All numbers till nineteen is expressed this way.

When a smaller number precede a larger number, one multiplies. Forty is expressed as ñeent fukk (4 & 10) which is multiplied. Numbers above twenty are expressed this way. Numbers above twenty requires the use of multiplication and addition, if not divisible by 10 up to 90. Thirty-two is ñett fukk ak ñaar (3 & 10 & 2), expressed mathematically as ( 3 x 10 + 2 ), which is thirty two.

Tus or dara is used to express 0. Thirty can be expressed as ñett fukk or fanweer.

 Number Wolof
 0 tus 1 benn 2 ñaar 3 ñett 4 ñeent
 5 juróom 6 juróom benn 7 juróom ñaar 8 juróom ñett 9 juróom ñeent
 10 fukk 11 fukk ak benn 12 fukk ak ñaar 13 fukk ak ñett 14 fukk ak ñeent
 15 fukk ak juróom 16 fukk ak juróom benn 17 fukk ak juróom ñaar 18 fukk ak juróom ñett 19 fukk ak juróom ñeent
 20 ñaar fukk 21 ñaar fukk ak benn 22 ñaar fukk ak ñaar 23 ñaar fukk ak ñett 24 ñaar fukk ak ñeent
 25 ñaar fukk ak juróom 26 ñaar fukk ak juróom benn 27 ñaar fukk ak juróom ñaar 28 ñaar fukk ak juróom ñett 29 ñaar fukk ak juróom ñeent 30 ñett fukk 40 ñeent fukk 50 juróom fukk 60 juróom benn fukk 61 juróom benn fukk ak benn 62 juróom benn fukk ak ñaar 63 juróom benn fukk ak ñett 64 juróom benn fukk ak ñeent 65 juróom benn fukk ak juróom 66 juróom benn fukk ak juróom benn 67 juróom benn fukk ak juróom ñaar 68 juróom benn fukk ak juróom ñett 69 juróom benn fukk ak juróom ñeent 70 juróom ñaar fukk 80 juróom ñett fukk
 90 juróom ñeent fukk 100 teemeer 1000 junni 1,000,000 fukki teemeeri junni

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