Numbers, time, age, and price

The following are the numbers of Marshallese. Occasionally you will see old versions of some of the numbers, such as jiljilimjuon for seven, but these are almost never used today, and not worth learning.

1
juon (pronounced ‘juōn’)
11
joñoul juon (pronounced ‘joñoul juōn’)
10
joñoul
100
jibukwi
1000
juon tọujin (pronounced ‘juōn tọujin’)
2
ruo
12
joñoul ruo
20
roñoul
200
rūbukwi
2000
ruo tọujin
3
jilu
13
joñoul jilu
30
jilñoul
300
jilubukwi
3000
jilu tọujin
4
emān
14
joñoul emān
40
eñoul
400
eabukwi or ābukwi
4000
emān tọujin
5
ḷalem
15
joñoul ḷalem
50
lemñoul
500
limabukwi
5000
ḷalem tọujin
6
jiljino (pronounced ‘jijino’)
16
joñoul jiljino (pronounced ‘joñoul jijino’)
60
jiljinoñoul (pronounced ‘jijinoñoul’)
600
jiljinobukwi (pronounced ‘jijinobukwi’)
6000
jiljino tọujin (pronounced ‘jijino tọujin’)
7
jimjuon
17
joñoul jimjuon
70
jimjuoñoul
700
jimjuonbukwi
7000
jimjuon tọujin
8
ralitōk
18
joñoul ralitōk
80
ralitoñoul
800
ralitōkbukwi
8000
ralitōk tọujin
9
ratimjuon
19
joñoul ratimjuon
90
ratimjuoñoul
900
ratimjuonbukwi
9000
ratimjuon tọujin
10
joñoul
20
roñoul
100
jibukwi
1000
juon tọujin
10000
joñoul tọujin

As you can see in the second column, to make number likes 14 or 35, you simply say the word for the tens column and then the word for the ones column. For example:

joñoul juon ten/one eleven
joñoul jilu ten/three thirteen
jiljinoñoul jimjuon sixty/seven sixty-seven

For numbers like 156 or 3892, just add together the words like in English:

rūbukwi eñoul jilu two hundred/forty/three two hundred and forty-three
jilu tọujin ralitōkbukwi roñoul ḷalem
three/thousand/eight hundred/twenty/five three thousand eight hundred and twenty-five

The following are some phrases that use numbers. They are useful not only for conversation but also for practicing the numbers you have learned.

Time

Jete awa? how many/time What time is it?
Jete awa kiiō? how many/time/now What time is it now?
Jete awa ippaṃ? how many/time/with you What time do you have?
Ruo awa two/hour Two o’clock
Ruo awa joñoul minit two/hour/ten/minute 2:10
Ruo awa jimattan two/hour/half Half past two
Joñoul minit ñan ralitōk awa ten/minute/to/eight/hour Ten to eight
Joñoul minit jān ralitōk awa ten/minute/from/eight/hour Ten after eight

Age

Jete aṃ iiō? how many/your/year How old are you?
____ aō iiō ____/my/year I am _____ years old

Price

Jete wōṇān? how many/price-its How much does it cost?
Jete wōṇān ____ ? how many/price-of/____ How much does ____ cost?
Jiljino taḷa six/dollar Six dollars
Lemñoul jāān fifty/cent Fifty cents
Jiljino taḷa lemñoul jāān six/dollar/fifty/cent $6.50

Dialogue

Kajin Majol

  • A:

    Iọkwe in raelep.

  • B:

     Iọkwe iọkwe. Ej et mour?

  • A:

    Elukkuun eṃṃan. Etaṃ?

  • B:

     Eta in Tonika.

  • A:

    Jete aṃ iiō kiiō?

  • B:

    Roñoul aō iiō.

  • A:

    Jete awa ippaṃ?

  • B:

     Juon awa jimattan

  • A:

    Koṃṃooltata. Iọkwe eok.

  • B:

     Iọkwe.

English

  • A:

    Good afternoon.

  • B:

    Hello. How are you?

  • A:

    Great. What’s your name?

  • B:

    My name is Tonika.

  • A:

    How old are you now?

  • B:

    I’m twenty years old.

  • A:

    What time do you have?

  • B:

    Half past one.

  • A:

    Thanks a lot. Goodbye.

  • B:

    Bye.

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