Please note these phrase translators are nowhere near perfect. For serious translation projects, we suggest finding an actual paid professional translation service or a native speaker that is also fluent in English. For casual users, these translators can be great tools as an entry point into communicating with Wolof speakers, just remember some basic grammar rules, and double-check individual word meanings with an actual Wolof dictionary or speaker. As with English, Wolof words can have multiple meanings, and phrases can have literal meanings that don't exactly match how it's understood in common usage. Context often defines how a word or phrase is translated so keep that in mind as these translators are very basic and don't always get the context right.

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Number Convertor Tips

  • Don't use commas: type 1000000 instead of 1,000,000.

  • When writing out numbers use dashes to get the most correct conversion: ninety-nine will get you juróom-ñeent-fukk ak juróom-ñeent. Ninety nine will get you nearly the same result but without the ak. Alternatively you can type ninety and nine (with the and) and get the same result as typing ninety-nine.

  • The Wolof Number Convertor is somewhat limited. It is currently impossible to include every number combination (although we are constantly adding to the database). For numbers that don’t return a result try a number close to the one you want to convert and manually build it from there, for example: if 106 doesn’t return a result but 105 does you can extrapolate that if 105 is téeméer ak juróom and 6 is juróom-benn then 106 should be téemer ak juróom-benn (or knowing that benn is 1 then you can just add the benn). There’s a number of ways you can figure out the correct conversion.

  • Another way to figure out numbers that don’t return a result is to separate some of the digits, for example 105 will get you téeméer ak juróom and 100 5 will get you téeméer juróom which isn’t grammatically correct but still returns a sufficient result. Alternatively you can type 100 & 5 (with the &) to get the correct grammatical result. Typing 100 + 5 (using the plus sign in place of the ampersand) will also get you the correct grammatical result, however this may not work with all numbers. 

  • Also keep in mind that when a larger number precedes a smaller number the numbers are added (juróom benn is 5 + 1 so typing 5 1 will get you the number 6 in Wolof). When a smaller number precedes a larger number the numbers are multiplied (juróom fukk is 5 x 10 so typing 5 10 will get you the number 50 in wolof). That is the true grammatical sequence for wolof numbers however results may vary when using this convertor especially with large numbers.

  • To get ordinal numbers input the Wolof number in the English text field affixed with the English suffix th, for example to get the Wolof translation for 25th (first input 25 if you don’t already know it) then copy & paste the result from the Wolof text field into the English text field and affix th on the end like this ñaar-fukk ak juróomth. (or st, nd, rd respectively). It’s a bit of an inconvenience but that’s currently the only way to get ordinal numbers to convert without manually adding each one to the database. Also, just know that the wolof suffix —éélu designates that a number is ordinal if you want to skip the entire process altogether.

  • To get the accented ó letter as in juróom type o three times in any word in the english text field. This is a roundabout way to input accented letters if you don’t know how to or can’t otherwise. For this to work you have to know the Wolof number and type it in the English text field for it to show up correctly in the Wolof text field. For example: jurooom in the English text field will result in juróom in the Wolof text field. For ñ type n twice. For é type e three times. (This feature may be disabled as it messes with reverse conversion.)

  • Some non-numerical terms and symbols that can be inputed into the number convertor: &, +, am, pm, cfa, and, derem, dërëm, o’clock, %, percent, -, =, $, ÷, /, x, #. (Experiment to find more.)


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