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Like most Cariban languages, Carib does not have many number words-- really only four. It is possible to count to high numbers in Carib, but only by using long compound words combining the numbers one through four with the words for "hand," "more," and so on. For example, the Carib word for "eight," oruwatywopyima, literally means "and three on the other side" (i.e. one hand plus three fingers on the other hand.) In practice, most Carib people today use Spanish or Portuguese numerals to count higher than five.
Carib language pronunciation guide
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