*Vegam Vegam Malayalam*

**Lesson #4**

Was it easy memorizing the hundreds?...*Kinda
sorta...?***GREAT!**

Now we move on to our next series: **THE
THOUSANDS!**

But before we do that, we'll start out with a number that's quite similar to the thousands. You remember how "nine" in Malayalam is literally "one before ten (IX)" and "ninety" is "one ten before a hundred?" Similarly, the word for 900 literally means something like "one hundred before a thousand":

*900. thoLLaayiram *
æÄÞUÞÏßø¢ __Listen!__

And if you want to make a number between 900 and 1000, how do you make your
stem? Well, if you're dealing with a number like 905 or 967, then *thoLLaayiram*
changes to a stem *thoLLaayiraththi(n)-* (æÄÞUÞÏßøJß-).

So:

*901. thoLLaayiraththiyonn*
æÄÞUÞÏßøJßæÏÞKí
__Listen!__

*902. thoLLaayiraththiraNT*
æÄÞUÞÏßøJßøIí
__Listen!__

...etc.

Now to move on to the thousands!

The thousands are quite similar to the number 900. The word for "thousand" in Malayalam is:

*1000. aayiram*
¦Ïßø¢ __Listen!__

And, needless to say, the stem before any number
between 1000 and 2000 is *aayiraththi(n)-*. (You knew that, right? :))

And the word for 2,000 is, quite simply:

*2000. raNTaayiram*
øIÞÏßø¢
__Listen!__

3,000, however, is a little irregular so that it sounds smoother in pronunciation:

*3000. muuvaayiram*
ÎâÕÞÏßø¢
__Listen!__

4,000 is regular again:

*4000. naalaayiram*
ÈÞÜÞÏßø¢
__Listen!__

5,000 is also irregular for pronunciation purposes:

*5000. ayyaayiram*
¥ÏîÞÏßø¢
__Listen!__

6,000 AND 7,000 are regular this time (two numbers for a change!):

*6000. aarraayiram*
¦ùÞÏßø¢
__Listen!__

*7000. Ezhaayiram*
¯ÝÞÏßø¢
__Listen!__

8,000 is irregular in a predictable way:

*8000. eNNaayiram*
®HÞÏßø¢
__Listen!__

But then...what's nine thousand? Is it something like "a thousand before ten thousand?" Nah, this time it's actually regular, and so is ten thousand:

*9000. ombathinaayiram*
²XÉÄßÈÞÏßø¢ __Listen!__

*10000. pathinaayiram*
ÉÄßÈÞÏßø¢ __Listen!__

Then we just have two more irregular numbers in Malayalam:

*11000. pathinOraayiram*
ÉÄßçÈÞøÞÏßø¢ __Listen!__

*12000. panthiiraayiram*
ÉLàøÞÏßø¢ __Listen!__

I haven't the * slightest*
idea why those two numbers take

After this, everything is pretty regular (*pathi(n)- + *thousand)...

*13000. pathimuuvaayiram*
ÉÄßÎâÕÞÏßø¢
__Listen!__

*14000. pathinaalaayiram*
ÉÄßÈÞÜÞÏßø¢
__Listen!__

*15000. pathinayyaayiram*
ÉÄßÈÏîÞÏßø¢
__Listen!__

**Q: And how do you say 100,000?**

A: Why, you say *nuutinaayiram *(ÈâxßÈÞÏßø¢),
of course...right?

WRONG! You see, Indians have their own words for 100,000 (hundred thousand)
and 10,000,000 (ten million): namely, "** lakh**"
and "

This is how Indians write ** one
lakh** in India:

Similarly, ** one crore
**(a hundred lakhs) is written as:

Although Indians often drop these words after traveling to other countries
(the U.S. and Europe in particular), they still use the word * lakh(s)*
to mean "hundred thousand rupees" and

And finally, the Hindi version of the American game
show *Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?*, hosted by former Bollywood actor
Amitabh Bachchhan, is instead called *Crorepati* ("One Who Has Ten
Million Rupees").

The reason why Indians use these two terms when speaking English is because the two terms have similar equivalents in every Indian language known today (even Sanskrit!). So, this is how you say the two numbers in Malayalam:

*"1,00,000". laksham*
²øá Üf¢ __Listen!__

*"1,00,00,000". kOTi*
²øá çµÞ¿ß __Listen!__

The stem for *oru laksham* is *oru lakshaththi(y)-*:

*oru lakshaththiyonn* "one lakh and
one"
²øá ÜfJßæÏÞKí __Listen!__

And for *oru kOTi*, the stem is just *oru kOTi(y)-*.

And if you want to say more than **one** hundred thousand or **ten**
million (e.g. **two** hundred thousand, **twenty** million), simply put
the number of *lakhs/crores* right before the word *laksham/kOTi*:

*raNT laksham*
"two lakhs"
øIí
Üf¢ __Listen!__

*raNT kOTi*
"two crores"
øIí
çµÞ¿ß __Listen!__

Now can you guess what number this is?:

*lakshamkOTi*
Üf¢çµÞ¿ß
__Listen!__

.....................................................................................................................................................................

If you guessed **ONE TRILLION** (* one lakh crores*), you are
correct!

So, now you know every single number in Malayalam! Now, how about stepping
out there and buying something in Malayalam...or maybe, if your name is Bill
Gates, buying India for what it's worth--I'd say at least **five
lakh crores rupees!** *What'cha think...?*