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Arkansan Creole - Numbers
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What you mean there're three different ways to count?
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Numbers in Arkansan Creole can be a complicated topic for those who are just starting to learn the language. Especially if they do not understand the history behind the language.


Because, in  Arkansan Creole, there are often multiple ways to say numbers depending on multiple factors. For example, the number eight (8) can be uwit, ét, or ocho. You might tell you mother you want number uwit on the menu, tell the waitress number ét, and then later tell your friend you had number ocho! It's easy to assume from the example above that it's a matter of informal/formal distinction that is somewhat common in  Arkansan Creole, and that's not a bad guess, but it isn't exactly right either. Because in some places, ocho can replace both uwit and ét in most situations, and in other places you'll almost never hear anything other than ét. So is it a regional thing? Again, not exactly, because all three are used everywhere, albeit to different degrees and in different situations.

Below is 1 - 10 of the three sets of numbers. If you can count in English, French, or Spanish, you may recognize a pattern here.


For now, let's ignore the last row, since those are really only used in the dialect  Mountain Speak and in some casual/colloquial situations. The other two rows, the French and English based numbers, are much more common in everyday use and are what will be used by the government in things like signs, documents, etc.
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