How do I find a foreign word for a number that starts with a given sound?
I'm writing an article about what English might look like if its numerals were in hexadecimal (base sixteen). For this, I need basic number words for ten through fifteen that start with the letters A through F, as those are the most commonly accepted digits for ten through fifteen in written hexadecimal notation. I was inspired by the article How to pronounce hexadecimal, but some parts of that system appear unnatural, especially the completely irregular relationship between words for sixteens and ones.
I found a couple in the "translations" section of Wiktionary entries, which I can justify as old loan words:
- Ten: ash. This is reduced from the Amharic, Arabic, and Hebrew words for ten.
- Thirteen: dreight (rhymes with eight). This is reduced from German dreizehn.
I found others elsewhere:
- Twelve: carn. This is reduced from a carton of twelve eggs.
- Fifteen: fleven. This comes from an episode of HBO's Silicon Valley, where it was a bluff. (See related question on Mathematics.) But in this article, it would be reanalyzed as a rhyme with seven that means eight plus seven in much the same way that many languages' words for six through nine are related to their words for one through four, which are half a base less.
But for eleven and fourteen, I'm drawing a blank. So I'm looking for examples of a natural language that has a word for eleven that starts with a /b/-like sound, and a natural language that has a word for fourteen that starts with an /e/-like sound, from which I can borrow a word to reduce.