Friday, January 28, 2011

Lesson 3 Numbers in Melanau

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Counting in Melanau is as easy as one, two, three. Both the English and Melanau languages use the same symbols to represent numbers, e.g. 1, 2, 3, etc.; however, the two differ in how the numbers are pronounced.

Fortunately, you really only need to learn a small handful of words to be fluent at counting. You should push yourself to learn to do math in you head using Melanau words instead of English words.

English Melanau
Zero Kusuong
One Ja
Two Dua
Three Telou
Four Pat
Five Lima
Six Nem
Seven Tujuk
Eight Ayan
Nine Ulan
Ten Plu-en

Construction of number after 10 is rather simple. From 11 till 19 you just need to add the prefix belaih. This is similar to english teen.

2nd digit + belaih
eg.
11, in Melanau ja belaih.
12, in Melanau dua belaih.
18, in Melanau ayan belaih
19, in Melanau ulan belaih

English Melanau
Eleven Ja Belaih
Twele Dua Belaih
Thirdteen Telou Belaih
Fourteen Pat Belaih
Fifhteen Lima Belaih
Sixteen Nem Belaih
Seventeen Tujuk Belaih
Eighteen Ayan Belaih
Nineteen Ulan Belaih

To construct number from 20 till 99 you just need to add pulok.

1st digit number + pulok + 2nd digit number ( if zero omit the 2nd digit)
eg.
23, in Melanau dua pulok telou
20, in Melanau dua pulok and NOT dua pulok kusuong!!

English Melanau
Twenty Dua pulok ( zero is not included)
Thirty Telou pulok
Fourty Pat pulok
Fifty Lima pulok
Sixty Nem pulok
Seventy Tujuk pulok
Eighty Ayan pulok
Ninety Ulan pulok
Twenty one Dua pulok ja
Sixty nine Nem pulok ulan

To construct number from 100 till 999 you just need to add ratuih.

1st digit + ratuih + 2nd digit ( if zero omit the 2nd digit)+ pulok (if zero this will be omitted) + 3rd digit ( if zero omit the 3rd digit)

eg.
123, in Melanau Ja ratuih dua pulok telou
113, in melanau Ja ratuih telou belaih NOT Ja ratuih ja pulok telou!!!
120, in Melanau Ja ratuih dua pulok
100, in Melanau Ja ratuih

To construct number from 999 till 1000 you just need to add ribu.

1st digit + ribu + 2nd digit ( if zero omit the 2nd digit)+ ratuih (if zero this will be omitted) + 3rd digit ( if zero omit the 3rd digit)+pulok ( if zero this will be omitted)+ 4th digit( if zero omit the 4th digit)
eg.
1234, in Melanau Ja ribu dua ratuih telou pulok pat
1211, in Melanau Ja ribu dua ratuih ja belaih NOT Ja ribu dua ratuih ja pulok ja!!!
1023, in Melanau Ja ribu dua pulok telou
1003, in Melanau Ja ribu telou
1000, in Melanau Ja ribu

Mathematical Operations:

+ : tambah
- : tuleq
/ : bagi
x : kali
= : jadi

eg:
2+3=5 ; dua tambah telou jadi lima
2 x 5=10; dua kali lima jadi pluen

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