Chinook Jargon Phrasebook
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Numbers - Kwunnun

Ixt, ikt - One, once, first
moxt -two, a pair
kunamoxt - two ("the whole two")
klone - three
Lakit, lokit - four. But also: klone pe ikt/ixt - four
kwinnum, kwinnim - five
taghum - six
sinamoxt - seven
stotekin - eight
kwaist - nine
tahtlum- ten
 
Tukamonuk, tukamonu - hundred
Tahtlum tukamonuk - thousand.  Also hyas tukamonuk - "the great hundred" and thousand - thousand
 
Pe, pee - and, plus, but. Used for forming 'teens, etc. as in tahtlum pe ikt - eleven.
This word is of Indian origin, as it is found in several Salishan and other languages with the meaning "as", but note if used as an interjection, even with the meaning "and" and especially at the beginning of a phrase, the source of this usage may be the French of the fur trade era. Most North American dialects of French use "pi" for "puis" as a common interjection, meaning something like "but" or "if" or "then...." or "well.....".
 
Kunsih, kunjih, kunjuk, kunjie - how many (also when)
Kwunnun - a count, numbers
Mamook kwunnun - to count
Mamook kunsih - to count ("to make how many")
 
Konaway - all, every, everything, all of it
NB different from kahanaway - acorns, nuts in general.
Kopa konaway - the whole shebang, the whole damn thing
Also clear and away, the whole way out, as far as you can go. Used as a general superlative.
Wake, halo - nothing, zero
 
Sitkum - half
Tenas sitkum - a quarter of any number or quantity ("small half")
Hiyu, hiu, hyiu - many, lots, a multitude, enough (to go around), plenty
Gibbs notes that Jewitt gives hyo as meaning "ten" at Nootka Sound.
Tenas hiyu - some, a few
Wake hiyu - not many, not much, not enough
Kopet - enough
Kopet ikt - only one.  Kopet moxt - only two, etc.
Elip - first, before, best

One
Two
Three
Four
Five
Six
Seven
Eight
Nine
Ten
Eleven
Twelve
Thirteen
etc.
Twenty
Thirty
Forty
Fifty
Sixty
Seventy
Eighty
Ninety

Hundred
Two Hundred
etc.

Thousand

Many
Few
Some
Several
Both
Each
None
Half
One-quarter

First
Last

Enough
(Only) One
(Only) Two
etc.

(the) whole
Everything
All
 


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