Counting in Many Languages
Practice Counting Everywhere!
Why is this important?

Counting in another language helps improve focus, memory, and ability to multitask, which are essential skills for other math concepts.

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Visit our Resources page for extra tips as well as a printable 100 chart, 10 frames, and Cree number pronunciation guide.


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Marian, V., & Shook, A. (2012). The cognitive benefits of being bilingual. Cerebrum: the Dana forum on brain science, 2012, 13.


Count in Cree or another language that you know.

TipCree number words: pēyak (1), nīso (2), nisto (3), nēwo (4), niyānan (5).



Show a small group of objects and ask, “How many are there?”

Tip: Cree number words: nikotwāsik (6), tēpakohp (7), ayēnānēw (8), kēkā-mitātaht (9), mitātaht (10).



Learn number words beyond “ten” in Cree or other languages to count objects.

Tip: Look for patterns in the Cree number words for numerals 10 to 20 and use the words while counting: 

mitātaht pēyakosāp (11), mitātaht nīsosāp (12), mitātaht nīstosāp (13), mitātaht nēwosāp (14), mitātaht niyānosāp (15), mitātaht nikotwāsosāp (16), mitātaht tēpakohposāp (17), mitātaht ayēnēnewosāp (18), mitātaht kēkā-mitātahtosāp (19), nīstanow (20).