# Numbers (Asigibii’iganan)

Numbers are used often and it is good to learn them early and memorize them thoroughly. Many people refer to numbers as “asigibii’iganan” which is the verb “asigibii’ige” (to write a tally) turned into a noun. In some areas numbers are referred to as “agindaasowinan” which is the verb “agindaaso” (to count) turned into a noun.

In this lesson you will learn patterns you can use to count. How to use numbers as dates, when telling time, and to count or do math will be covered later.

The act of counting is a VAI verb.

To tell one person to count you say:

Agindaason! One of you count.

To tell more than one person to count you say:

Agindaasog! All of you count.

To count with a group you say:

Agindaasodaa! Let’s count!

## Counting Zero to Two Thousand

0 – gaawiin gegoo

1 – bezhig

2 – niizh

3 – niswi

4 – niiwin

5 – naanan

6 – ingodwaaswi

7 – niizhwaaswi

8 – nishwaaswi

9 – zhaangaswi

10 – midaaswi

11 – midaaswi-ashi-bezhig

12 – midaaswi-ashi-niizh

13 – midaaswi-ashi-niswi

14 – midaaswi-ashi-niiwin

15 – midaaswi-ashi-naanan

16 – midaaswi-ashi-ingodwaaswi

17 – midaaswi-ashi-niizhwaaswi

18 – midaaswi-ashi-nishwaaswi

19 – midaaswi-ashi-zhaangaswi

20 – niizhtana

21 – niizhtana-ashi-bezhig

22 – niizhtana-ashi-niizh

23 – niizhtana-ashi-niswi

24 – niizhtana-ashi-niiwin

25 – niizhtana-ashi-naanan

26 – niizhtana-ashi-ingodwaaswi

27 – niizhtana-ashi-niizhwaaswi

28 – niizhtana-ashi-nishwaaswi

29 – niizhtana-ashi-zhaangaswi

30 – nisimidana

40 – niimidana

50 – naanimidana

60 – ingodwaasimidana

70 – niizhwaasimidana

80 – nishwaasimidana

90 – zhaangasimidana

100 – ingodwaak

200 – niizhwaak

300 – niswaak

400 – niiwaak

500 – naanwaak

600 – ingodwaaswaak

700 – niizhwaaswaak

800 – nishwaaswaak

900 – zhaangaswaak

1000 – ingoding-midaaswaak

2000 – niizhing-midaaswaak

## Using Numbers in Phrases

Counting. . .Numbers-7 |
Putting things in order . . .Numbers-8 |
How many times . . .Numbers-9 |
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Bezhig – one | Bezhigo/Ingo – first | Ingoding – one time |

Niizh – two | Niizho – second | Niizhing – two times |

Niswi – three | Niso – third | Nising – three times |

Niiwin – four | Niiwo/Niiyo – fourth | Niiwing – four times |

Naanan – five | Naano – fifth | Naaning – five times |

Ingodwaaswi – six | Ingodwaaso – sixth | Ingodwaaching – six times |

Niizhwaaswi – seven | Niizhwaaso – seventh | Niizhwaaching – seven times |

Zhaangaswi – nine | Zhaangaso – ninth | Zhaangaching – nine times |

Midaaswi – ten | Midaaso – tenth | Midaaching – ten times |

Nishwaaswi – eight | Nishwaaso – eighth | Nishwaaching – eight times |

## Using Numbers as Verbs

ThingNumbers-10 |
BeingNumbers-11 |
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Bezhigwan – one in number | Bezhigo – one in number |

Niizhin – two in number | Niizhi – two in number |

Nisin – three in number | Nisi – three in number |

Niiwin – four in number | Niiwi – four in number |

Naananin – five in number | Naanani – five in number |

Ingodwaachin – six in number | Ingodwaachi – six in number |

Niizhwaachin – seven in number | Niizhwaachi – seven in number |

Nishwaachin – eight in number | Nishwaachi – eight in number |

Zhaangachin – nine in number | Zhaangachi – nine in number |

Midaachin – ten in number | Midaachi – ten in number |