Learn Breehah Numbers

Lesson 3

haiTAHK SREEmid

Some numbers. The original breehah numbering system was base 8 because they have two hands with four fingers on each hand. After contact with the Koplushians was established, a base ten system was introduced, greatly influenced by the Koplushian language. The base 10 system is now used over the whole planet of Silonar, but some of the traditional number names survive in poetry and as archaisms used mainly by affected intellectuals.

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Number Modern Number Ordinal Number

(1st, 2nd, 3rd)

Fractional number (½, ⅓, ¼) Traditional Number
0 fe fe
1 mi mid mi**
2 SAAmi SAAmid saaMIji MImi
3 SREEmi SREEmid sreeMIji miSO
4 FOmi FOmid foMIji so
5 FEmi FEmid feMIji soMI
6 SEmi SEmid seMIji soMImi
7 SOmi SOmid soMIji miGOO
8 HAmi HAmid haMIji goo
9 NEmi NEmid neMIji gooMI*
10 DAmi DAmid daMIji gooMImi*
11 daSImi gooMIso*
12 daSIsa GOOso*
100 TOOmi
101 tooMImi
1000 MUmi
1001 muMImi

*Generally, only the traditional numbers 1-8 are used.

** the word ‘mi’ is also used to form the words for ‘digit’, ‘number’, unite, and ‘only’.

As can be seen the change to the decimalized names is at best a trade off in syllables, but there has never been any serious movement among the breehah to change to the traditional number names. However, in the higher numbers the base ten system makes plain it’s advantage.

Sample sentences using numbers:

The cart has four wheels
Hi’nooGAH hoip foMI sooJAHB. 

There are a thousand stars in the sky.
MUmi bluBEB nop hi’MAA’daa. 

Earth has a thousand languages.
KarPAH hoip MUmi horb.

A human has two legs.
KahPOO hoip SAAmi TOlob. 

Eight children are on the boat.
HAAmi marb nop hi’SARbo’daa.We saw five comets in two years.
Ho saa FEmi blubeBImoob SAAmi’daa POOfe.

Our language unites us.
Hork’hom mi’tarGUP ho.

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