Numbers 100 to 1000 and beyond!

              Bismillah. This is the 3rd Bonus lesson for “Tausug 101: Learning Bahasa Sug” by Anak Iluh. For lists of lessons, please go to: Lists of Lessons.
[Update! Don’t forget to watch the video at the end of this post! There is also a playable audio and a downloadable mp3 file for this! Salam kasilasa! -T101 team]

             Last time we have introduced the Tausug Numbers and the rules in naming numbers from 1-99. Now, we will go higher up the ladder and talk about naming numbers from 100 to 1000 and beyond! Sounds numerous to learn…
            Let us start by introducing the names of the Hundreds and the Thousands.


One Hundred (100)
Two Hundred (200) Duwanggatus
Three Hundred (300) Tuwnggatus
Four Hundred (400) Upat ngagatus
Five Hundred (500) Limanggatus
Six Hundred (600) Unum ngagatus
Seven Hundred (700) Pitunggatus
Eight Hundred (800) Walunggatus
Nine Hundred (900) Siyam ngagatus
(Note that Hundreds in Tausug always end with –nggatus or –ngagatus. Listen to the audio files for the proper pronunciations. Keep practicing on these terms.)

One Thousand (1000)
Ha’ngibu or Hangibu
Two Thousand (2000) Duwa ngaibu
Three Thousand (3000) Tuw ngaibu
Four Thousand (4000) Upat ngaibu
Five Thousand (5000) Lima ngaibu
Six Thousand (6000) Unum ngaibu
Seven Thousand (7000) Pitu ngaibu
Eight Thousand (8000) Walu ngaibu
Nine Thousand (9000) Siyam ngaibu
(Note that Thousands in Tausug always end with –ngaibu. Listen to the audio files for the proper pronunciations. Keep practicing on these terms.)
Okay…The Tausug Numbers from 100 to 1000 above are really exhausting to pronounce at first try. Just like the other lessons we had, it all takes practice to master them all. Just remember that –gatus is for “Hundreds” and –ibu or –ngaibu is for “Thousands”. The rules in counting them is either EASIER or HARDER, depending on how we look at it.

Counting numbers 100-1000

            The rules in counting Hundreds and Thousands in Bahasa Sug is EASY because it follows the conventional rule in naming numbers: starting from the highest to the lowest value. That is we start naming from the Thousands, then the Hundreds, then the Tens and lastly the Ones. We’ll start from smaller numbers in Hundreds for examples (pls. refer to the “Rules in counting Numbers 1-99”:

NUMBER Language Hundreds Tens Ones Name
English One Hundred Thirty Nine One Hundred Thirty Nine
Bahasa Sug
Hanggatus Katluan tag Siyam
(Don’t forget to place the “-tag-“ in between Tens and Ones)
Another example:
English Five  Hundred Seventy Four
Five Hundred Seventy Four
Bahasa Sug Limanggatus Kapituwan Upat
Limanggatus Kapituwan tag Upat

            In naming Thousands, not much is changed. It will only become longer (which also makes it HARD). Here are examples (please study them very well):

# Language Thousands Hundreds Tens Ones Name
English Two Thousand One Hundred Thirty Nine Two Thousand, One Hundred Thirty Nine
Bahasa Sug
Duwa Ngaibu
Duwa Ngaibu, Hanggatus Katluan tag Siyam
Let’s get a bit higher:
English Seventy Six Thousand Three Hundred Eighty Five Seventy Six Thousand, Three Hundred Eighty Five
Bahasa Sug Kapituwan tag Unum Ngaibu Tuwnggatus Kawaluwan Lima
Kapituwan tag Unum Ngaibu, Tuwnggatus Kawaluwan tag Lima.

(Again, once you have mastered the names of numbers in Tausug, naming them would be easier—but still longer in thousands.)
            This ends our lesson in naming numbers 100 to 1000 and beyond. For more questions, suggestions and translations, go to our Contact page.
            Don’t forget to download the audio files for this lesson in Download page
Downloadable audio file: Counting Numbers

Till next Monday for more Bonus Lessons,
Anak Iluh


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