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Lesson 22 Numbers (from 100 onwards)
Before you begin:
If you have mastered counting up to 99 in Lesson 8 this final lesson on numbers in Malay will be plain sailing to you. You will now need to know only three more words (ratus, ribu and juta) to be able to count any number in Malay.
Counting 3-digit figures in Malay is like counting them in English, the word "hundred" being replaced by ratus.
Similarly counting in thousands and millions in Malay is like counting them in English. You only have to replace "thousand" by ribu and "million" by juta.
As examples speak better than words, here are a few numbers for you to practise:
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A second reading (by Muhammad Nor Ismat, a native speaker)
When satu is added to another word it is often contracted to se and tagged on to the following word. Thus "satu" ratus (one hundred) becomes seratus.
This is also the case with one thousand (seribu) and one million (sejuta).
For the billionaires among you (ah, who knows?) the Malay word for "billion" is simply bilion. That's one word most of us don't have to learn - or use!