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INTRODUCTION
In this lesson, we're going to continue with counting as we cover numbers 11-100.

Lesson focus

In Afrikaans, counting from 11-19 is also quite straightforward, so let's jump right in. I’ll give you the numbers in English first, then Afrikaans.
First, we have “eleven.”
(slow) elf
elf
Next, “twelve.”
(slow) twaalf
twaalf
“thirteen”
(slow) dertien
dertien
“fourteen”
(slow) veertien
veertien
“fifteen”
(slow) vyftien
vyftien
“sixteen”
(slow) sestien
sestien
“seventeen”
(slow) sewentien
sewentien
“eighteen”
(slow) agtien
agtien
“nineteen”
(slow) negentien
negentien
As you may have noticed, each number from 13 to 19 ends with -tien, which is equivalent to "-teen," as in “thirteen,” in English. All you have to do is take the numbers from 3-9 and then add -tien to them.
Now, let’s go to the bigger numbers starting from “twenty.” In Afrikaans, “twenty” is..
(slow) twintig
twintig
“thirty”
(slow) dertig
dertig
“forty”
(slow) veertig
veertig
“fifty”
(slow) vyftig
vyftig
“sixty”
(slow) sestig
sestig
“seventy”
(slow) sewentig
sewentig
“eighty”
(slow) tagtig
tagtig
“ninety”
(slow) negentig
negentig
Now you will learn to count all the way up to 100. So what about numbers 21 to 99?
Let’s use the number twenty-nine as an example.
Keep in mind that, unlike English, you will say the last number first. To say “twenty-nine” in Afrikaans, you need to say literally “nine twenty.” In Afrikaans, "twenty" is twintig and "Nine" is nege. So first, say nege twintig. Then between the numbers, add en which means “and.” Now, you have nege-en-twintig which means “twenty-nine” or literally “nine and twenty.” Let’s hear this once again.
(slow) nege-en-twintig
nege-en-twintig
Using the same pattern, let’s say "thirty-five." We know that "five" in Afrikaans is vyf. Then we have to add the number for "thirty," which is dertig. Between, make sure to add en, meaning “and”. So all together, “thirty-five” in Afrikaans is Vyf en dertig.
(slow) Vyf en dertig
Vyf en dertig
Before we finish up, let’s take a look at one more number - “one hundred” In Afrikaans, that is een honderd.
(slow)een honderd
een honderd

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Hi Listeners! How was this lesson? Is it hard to count in Afrikaans?