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19 September 2014

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Bullseye! Challenged to a game of darts, Colin finds himself in trouble. Need to know your numbers, Colin!

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1aon
2dhà
3trì
4ceithir
5còig
6sia
7seachd
8ochd
9naoi
10deich
11aon deug
12dhà dheug
13trì deug
14ceithir deug
15còig deug
16sia deug
17seachd deug
18ochd deug
19naoi deug
20fichead
21fichead 's a h-aon
22fichead 's a dhà
23fichead 's a trì
24fichead 's a ceithir
25fichead 's a còig
26fichead 's a sia
27fichead 's a seachd
28fichead 's a h-ochd
29fichead 's a naoi
30trìthead
31trìthead 's a h-aon
32trìthead 's a dhà
33trìthead 's a trì
34trìthead 's a ceithir
35trìthead 's a còig
36trìthead 's a sia
37trìthead 's a seachd
38trìthead 's a h-ochd
39trìthead 's a naoi
40ceathrad
41ceathrad 's a h-aon
42ceathrad 's a dhà
43ceathrad 's a trì
44ceathrad 's a ceithir
45ceathrad 's a còig
46ceathrad 's a sia
47ceathrad 's a seachd
48ceathrad 's a h-ochd
49ceathrad 's a naoi
50caogad


footnotesDecimal and traditional Gaelic counting systems: The numbers in this game are in the form of the decimal Gaelic counting system, now taught in Gaelic-medium education.

Traditionally, counting in Gaelic was based on sets of twenty. Forty would therefore be "dà fhichead" (two twenties), thirty "deich ar fhichead" (Lit. ten on twenty) and so on. You will hear both systems being used by Gaelic speakers so it is helpful to recognise both.

To find out more about the traditional counting system, visit the Beag air Bheag Gaelic learning site at bbc.co.uk/beagairbheag and select section 8.

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