Counting in Malay (Bahasa Melayu
) in a lot of ways is more systematic than English. Unfortunately, all of the simple numbers are polysyllabic
, which can make the larger numbers a bit of a mouthful.
Ten Sepuluh ("Se" is a contraction for "One")
Eleven Sebelas ("belas" is equivalent to "teen")
Twelve Dua belas
Twenty Dua puluh ("puluh" = "tens")
Twenty-One Dua puluh satu
Thirty Tiga puluh
One Hundred Seratus ("ratus" = "hundred")
Two Hundred Dua ratus
Five hundred and thirty six = Lima ratus tiga puluh enam
For simplicity, I've separated the components of the numbers above, but sometimes they are contracted e.g. "Dua belas" may be seen written as "duabelas"