Unofficial Glosa Course - Lesson 4 - Numbers (1-100) and beyond!

Ave panto-pe! and Welcome to the fourth lesson of the Unofficial Glosa Course.

Last lesson ( I introduced adjectives. We learned the colors and 2 other important adjectives. Also included in the previous lesson are basic occupations. We also studied the suffix -pe that denotes a person who is or does something and the common order or adjectives in a sentence. If you haven't seen my last lesson, I highly recommend you to see it before seeing this lesson, so you can understand Glosa better.

What is Glosa?

Glosa ( )* is a conlang that was created by Ronald Clark and Wendy Ashby. It is based on another conlang called Interglossa. Since I am somewhat familiar with the Glosa language, I decided to share my knowledge of Glosa and start these lessons. Please note that I am not a fluent Glosa speaker, but merely a learner.

*See more info about Glosa here.

Lesson 4


0 - ze (or zero)

1 - mo

2 - bi

3 - tri

4 - tet (or tetra)

5 - pen (or penta)

6 - six

7 - seti (or septi)

8 - ok (or okto)

9 - nona

10 - deka

Congratulation! You can now make the numbers 1 to 99!

Wait, Sam, what's wrong with you? You just showed 10 numbers up there.

Oh, right! Let me explain. Numbers in Glosa work a bit differently than in English.


Yep, let me explain:


Unlike English, to make a more complex number you simply spell the numbers out. This might seem very confusing, so let me explain a bit more in this chart:

English : Twelve

Glosa : One two (1 2 = 12) (mo bi)

English : Twenty three

Glosa : Two three (2 3 = 23) (bi tri)

English : Fifty nine

Glosa : Five nine (5 9 = 59) (pen nona)

English : Ninety seven

Glosa : Nine seven (9 7 = 97) (nona seti)

Did you notice the difference? I hope I made myself clear! As you see, numbers in Glosa work a little different than in English.

Let's learn some more Vocab

100 - mo hekto (lit. one hundred)

1000 - mo kilo (lit. one thousand)

As you see, the above numbers have their own forms. 'Mo' is not really necessary. 100 can also be mo ze ze (1 0 0.)

In compound numbers above 100 hekto and kilo aren't quite used. See the example below :

101 - mo ze mo (1 0 1) 234 - bi tri tet (2 3 4) 999 - nona nona nona (9 9 9)

Do you remember last lesson? I stated that adjectives can be placed before or after the word it modifies, nevertheless before is more common. In numbers, this isn't the case. Look how the position of the number can affect the meaning of a sentence :

U bibli tri - The third book.

U tri bible - The three books.

When numbers are placed after a noun, they function as ordinal numbers.

Now that you've reviewed the grammar sentence, let's go make new sentences!

He has two dogs - An habe bi kani*

  • Note : The plural marker 'Plu' is dropped when numbers more than 1 are used.

The musician doesn't have 90 books! - U musika-pe ne habe nona ze bibli!

I see 30 red apples - Mi vide tri ze rubi pomi

Do they see two or three cats? - Qe mu vide bi alo tri feli?

She is the sixth girl - Fe es u ju-fe six

Congrats! You finished the lesson! This lesson was quite complicated, due to the strange number system of Glosa among other things.

I hope you enjoyed the fourth Glosa lesson. If I made any mistakes, please correct me. Thanks for reading!

Table of Contents :

Last lesson :

December 8, 2018


This language is very similar to the Romance languages

December 8, 2018

Indeed it is. It was primarily based on Greek and Latin.

December 8, 2018

As you see, the above numbers have their own forms. 'Mo' is not really necessary. 100 can also be mo ze ze (1 0 0.)

Imagine 100,000 ze ze ze ze ze

This language is so intriguing. Or is it your way of teaching? Well, whichever it is, I love it!

It's amazing how simple it is. One can nearly predict how a sentence will be. :D

Saluta Sam! Komo tu? Mi amo plu feli plus plu kani! Mi ne amo cinera aqu. Mi de nece disci. Vale!

December 9, 2018

Glosa sounds like it could be a real language.

December 11, 2018

Yep, it actually sounds very naturalistic.

December 12, 2018
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