# Numbers and Counting

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Counting in Samoan is pretty straight forward. Our numbers are very similar to those of other Polynesian languages. Here’s how we start:

### Numbers 0-10

To count into the “teens”, just think about what number you’re adding to 10. For example, 11 is 10 and 1, so in Samoan, 11 is sefulu and tasi, or sefulu ma le (and) tasi.

See how that works?

In every day Samoan, we often drop the ‘and’ (ma le) and just say sefulutasi.

### Numbers 11-19

 11 sefulutasi https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/SefuluTasi.mp3 12 sefululua https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/SefuluLua.mp3 13 sefulutolu https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/SefuluTolu.mp3 14 sefulufā https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/SefuluFa.mp3 15 sefululima https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/SefuluLima.mp3 16 sefuluono https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/SefuluOno.mp3 17 sefulufitu https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/SefuluFitu.mp3 18 sefuluvalu https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/SefuluValu.mp3 19 sefuluiva https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/SefuluIva.mp3

From 20, we switch up the order that we put the numbers together. For example, to say 12, we use the words for 10 and 2 (sefulu ma le lua, or sefululua), but for the number 20, we think 2 and 10 instead. So 20 is lua (2) + sefulu (10), or luasefulu.

This will be the same pattern for 30 (tolu + sefulu), 40 (fā + sefulu), 50 (lima + sefulu) and right up to 90.

And then we just add the incremental numbers. So for 21, we would think 2 + 10 + 1 and say luasefulu ma le tasi, or just luasefulu tasi.

### Numbers 20 – 31

 20 luasefulu https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/LuaSefulu.mp3 21 luasefulu tasi https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/LuaSefuluTasi.mp3 22 luasefulu lua https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/LuaSefuluLua.mp3 23 luasefulu tolu https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/LuaSefuluTolu.mp3 24 luasefulu fā https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/LuaSefuluFa.mp3 25 luasefulu lima https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/LuaSefuluLima.mp3 26 luasefulu ono https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/LuaSefuluOno.mp3 27 luasefulu fitu https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/LuaSefuluFitu.mp3 28 luasefulu valu https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/LuaSefuluValu.mp3 29 luasefulu iva https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/LuaSefuluIva.mp3 30 tolusefulu https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/ToluSefulu.mp3 31 tolusefulu tasi https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/ToluSefuluTasi.mp3

And our numbers just continue like that right up to 100. Now, our word for 100 is selau. Our word for 200 is lua (2) selau. Our word for 300 is tolu (3) selau. See that?

Our pattern for numbers after 100 (or any hundred) is very simple and predictable, now. For 102, we would say selau ma le lua. For 112, we say selau sefulu lua. For 122, we say selau lua sefulu ma le lua. And for 222, we say lua selau, luasefulu ma le lua.

Got it?

### Numbers past 100

 100 selau (or tasi selau) https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/Selau.mp3 200 lua selau https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/LuaSelau.mp3 300 tolu selau https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/ToluSelau.mp3 105 selau ma le lima https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/SelauMaLeLima.mp3 163 selau onosefulu (ma le) tolu https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/SelauOnoSefuluMaLeTolu.mp3 258 lua selau limasefulu valu https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/LuaSelauLimaSefuluValu.mp3 497 fā selau ivasefulu fitu https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/FaSelauIvaSefuluFitu.mp3 1000 (tasi le) afe https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/Afe.mp3 1200 tasi le afe luaselau (or afe luaselau) https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/AfeLuaSelau.mp3 2350 lua afe tolu selau limasefulu https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/LuaAfeToluSelauLimaSefulu.mp3 5126 lima afe selau luasefulu ono https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/LimaAfeSelauLuaSefuluMaLeOno.mp3 7892 fitu afe valu selau ivasefulu ma le lua https://1samoana.com/samoanlanguage/files/2019/01/FituAfeValuSelauIvaSefuluMaLeLua.mp3

#### Bonus Lesson: Counting People

All the numbers we’ve mentioned so far are used for all counting situations, but because our culture has a special regard for humans, when we count people, we always add the word ‘to’a’ in front of the number. For example:

• I have 3 houses. | E tolu o’u fale.
• I have 3 children. | E to’a tolu la’u fānau.
• She has 5 dogs. | E lima ana maile.
• She has 5 teachers. | E to’a lima ona faiaoga.

So don’t forget. When you’re counting people, it’s respectful to add the word ‘to’a’ before the number.

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