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Numbers in German (1, 10, 100, 1000, …)

In this lesson, you will be learning the numbers in German.

Numbers in German: 0-10

Below is a table of the German numbers from zero to ten. You’ll just have to learn these by heart.

ZahlenNumbers
0 nullzero
1 einsone
2 zweitwo
3 dreithree
4 vierfour
5 fünffive
6 sechssix
7 siebenseven
8 achteight
9 neunnine
10 zehnten

Please, do not confuse the German numeral “eins” (one = 1) with the indefinite article “ein” (a/an).

Numbers in German: 11-20

You’ll also have to learn 11 and 12 by heart. Numbers between 13 and 19 follow the pattern “number + zehn”:

3 (drei)+ 10 (zehn)= 13 (dreizehn)
4 (vier)+ 10 (zehn)= 14 (vierzehn)
5 (fünf)+ 10 (zehn)= 15 (fünfzehn)
6 (sechs)+ 10 (zehn)= 16 (sechzehn)
7 (sieben)+ 10 (zehn)= 17 (siebzehn)
8 (acht)+ 10 (zehn)= 18 (achtzehn)
9 (neun)+ 10 (zehn)= 19 (neunzehn)

As you can see above the table, to say 13, 14, 15, 18, 19 we add the words for either “3 (drei), 4 (vier), 5 (fünf), 8 (acht), 9 (neun)” on to the word for 10 (zehn). However, 16 and 17 contain a shortened version of the words for 6 (sechs) and 7 (sieben);

ZahlenNumbers
11 elfeleven
12 zwölftwelve
13 dreizehnthirteen
14 vierzehnfourteen
15 fünfzehnfiveteen
16 sechzehnsixteen
17 siebzehnseventeen
18 achtzehneightteen
19 neunzehnnineteen
20 zwanzigtwenty

Numbers in German: 21-99

Between forty and ninety, all of these numbers except twenty and thirty are regular. They take the number between one and ten and add the word “zig” to the end of it.

In English, the left number is written first, followed by the right number, while in German it is the opposite. To build numbers 21-99 in German, we place the single-digit number first and the two-digit number second, and add the word “und” (and) between them.

43drei
(three)
und
(and)
vierzig
(fourty)
dreiundvierzig
(fourty-three)
ZahlenNumbers
21 einundzwanzigtwenty-one
22 zweiundzwanzigtwenty-two
23 dreiundzwanzigtwenty-three
24 vierundzwanzigtwenty-four
25 fünfundzwanzigtwenty-five
26 sechsundzwanzigtwenty-six
27 siebenundzwanzigtwenty-seven
28 achtundzwanzigtwenty-eight
29 neunundzwanzigtwenty-nine
30 dreißigthirty

German Numbers from 1-100 (Multiples of 10)

ZahlenNumbers
10 zehnten
20 zwanzigtwenty
30 dreißigthirty
40 vierzigforty
50 fünfzigfiveteen
60 sechzigsixty
70 siebzigseventy
80 achtzigeighty
90 neunzigninety
100 hundertone hundred

German Numbers from 1-1000 (Multiples of 100)

Three-digit numbers in German are made with the same logic as in English.

ZahlenNumbers
100 (ein)hundertone hundred
200 zwaihunderttwo hundred
300 dreihundertthree hundred
400 vierhundertfour hundred
500 fünfhundertfive hundred
600 sechhundertsix hundred
700 siebhundertseven hundred
800 achthunderteight hundred
900 neunhundertnine hundred
1000 eintausendone thousand

The numbers from 1 to 99 directly add after the multiple of 100. This can lead to very long words as the whole number is written in one word:

ZahlenNumbers
327 dreihundertsiebenundzwanzigthree hundred twenty-seven
422 vierhundertzweiundzwanzigfour hundred twenty-two
535 fünfhundertfünfunddreißigfive hundred thirty-five
661 sechshunderteinundsechzigsix hundred sixty-one

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