Scroll down to Monday’s post to see why I’m talking about the Hawaiian numbering system today.
The system is pretty simple for one through ten. But then you get to the teens, twenties and thirties! This is an example of how it’s done with the Ancient System:
Eleven is “ten plus one” In Hawaiian that would be Umi + kumama + kahi
Seems simple enough, right? Unless, of course, like me, you used the ancient system to number every chapter in your book!
Here’s the same example in the Modern System:
Eleven is “ten plus one” In Hawaiian that would be Umi + kuma + kahi
See the difference? It’s the pesky extra “ma”!!
So I’ve submitted the changes to my editor and hopefully the numbers will all come out correct for the modern system. Check it out when you read Pineapples in Peril.
Until then, enjoy the number, Twenty-Seven!
And for even more fun, click this video to see these adorable kids do the “Number Song” for one through ten!
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