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German Numbers: Learn To Count From 0 to 1,000 in German


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Do you want to learn how to count from 0-100 in German, and find out more about German numbers?

In this article I want to share with you how to learn, remember and use German numbers.

German Numbers from 1-100

Let’s start with the basics. Below is a table of the German numbers from zero to 100. Take a few minutes read through it, then I’ll give you some tips to help you remember it all:

1
Eins
11
Elf
21
Einundzwanzig
31
Einunddreiβig
41
Einundvierzig
51
Einundfünfzig
61
Einundsechzig
71
Einundsiebzig
81
Einundachtzig
91
Einundneunzig
2
Zwei
12
Zwölf
22
Zweiundzwanzig
32
Zweiunddreiβig
42
Zweiundvierzig
52
Zweiundfünfzig
62
Zweiundsechzig
72
Zweiundsiebzig
82
Zweiundachtzig
92
Zweiundneunzig
3
Drei
13
Dreizehn
23
Dreiundzwanzig
33
Dreiunddreiβig
43
Dreiundvierzig
53
Dreiundfünfzig
63
Dreiundsechzig
73
Dreiundsiebzig
83
Dreiundachtzig
93
Dreiundneunzig
4
Vier
14
Vierzehn
24
Vierundzwanzig
34
Vierunddreiβig
44
Vierundvierzig
54
Vierundfünfzig
64
Vierundsechzig
74
Vierundsiebzig
84
Vierundachtzig
94
Vierundneunzig
5
Fünf
15
Fünfzehn
25
Fünfundzwanzig
35
Fünfunddreiβig
45
Fünfundvierzig
55
Fünfundfünfzig
65
Fünfundsechzig
75
Fünfundsiebzig
85
Fünfundachtzig
95
Fünfundneunzig
6
Sechs
16
Sechzehn
26
Sechsundzwanzig
36
Sechsunddreiβig
46
Sechsundvierzig
56
Sechsundfünfzig
66
Sechsundsechzig
76
Sechsundsiebzig
86
Sechsundachtzig
96
Sechsundneunzig
7
Sieben
17
Siebzehn
27
Siebenundzwanzig
37
Siebenunddreiβig
47
Siebenundvierzig
57
Siebenundfünfzig
67
Siebenundsechzig
77
Siebenundsiebzig
87
Siebenundachtzig
97
Siebenundneunzig
8
Acht
18
Achtzehn
28
Achtundzwanzig
38
Achtunddreiβig
48
Achtundvierzig
58
Achtundfünfzig
68
Achtundsechzig
78
Achtundsiebzig
88
Achtundachtzig
98
Achtundneunzig
9
Neun
19
Neunzehn
29
Neunundzwanzig
39
Neununddreiβig
49
Neunundvierzig
59
Neunundfünfzig
69
Neunundsechzig
79
Neunundsiebzig
89
Neunundachtzig
99
Neunundneunzig
10
Zehn
20
Zwanzig
30
Dreiβig
40
Vierzig
50
Fünfzig
60
Sechzig
70
Siebzig
80
Achtzig
90
Neunzig
100
Einhundert

Seeing it all in one big block can be a little overwhelming, right? Well, don’t worry. Using the simple tips and language hacks below, you’ll be able to remember all of this information with little effort.

Learn the German Numbers 1-10

The German numbers 1-10 are:

  • Ein – “One”
  • Zwei – “Two”
  • Drei – “Three”
  • Vier – “Four”
  • Fünf – “Five”
  • Sechs – “Six”
  • Sieben – “Seven”
  • Acht – “Eight”
  • Neun – “Nine”
  • Zehn – “Ten”

There are no rules for these numbers — though I’ll share a simple trick for memorising them later in the article. And it is important to remember these numbers, as they occur, in one form or another, in every number you’ll use when counting. For example, just as “eight” is in “eighteen”, “Twenty-eight”, “eighty” and “eighthundred”, the same can be said for acht (“eight”) in German. “Achtzehn”, “achtundzwanzig”,”achtzig” and “achthundert”.

Learn the German Numbers 11-20

Elf (“eleven”) and zwölf (“twelve”) also don’t follow a pattern. You’ll just have to learn these by heart.

For the other German numbers between 13 and 19 you take the first four letters of the number between three and nine (like the rule above) and add the word “zehn” or ten at the end: dreizehn (“thirteen”), vierzehn (“fourteen”), fünfzehn (“fifteen”), and so on.

Learn the German Multiples of 10

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

Vierzig (“forty”), fünfzig (“fifty”), sechzig (“sixty”), siebzig (“seventy”), achtzig (“eighty”), neunzig (“ninety”).

Twenty and thirty are exceptions. Twenty takes the form zwanzig, and thirty is dreiiβig.

Once you’ve learned all of these you can begin to fill in the numbers between with a simple formula.

All of the numbers larger than twenty follow the same pattern. The second number is said at the start. Let me explain that a bit more:

  • In English you would say “thirty-four”. The biggest number is said first, followed by the smallest number. As if you’re reading the number left to right. In German it’s the other way around.
  • In German you would say, “four and thirty” or vierunddreiβig. The four comes first, followed by the thirty.
  • Although I can’t tell you why this happens, I can tell you that it’s regular and all of these numbers in German follow this pattern.

This swapping around can take some getting used to so take some time to practice them. When it comes to writing these, many German children are taught to write the second number first, the same way as when it’s spoken, then place the first number before it. Practicing this may help you understand it too.
Also don’t forget that:

  • Zero = Null (As in null and void)
  • 100 = Einhundert (This is an easy one to remember!)
    By using these tips and language hacks you should have no trouble mastering the German number 1 to 100.

German For “One”: Ein, Eins, Eine, Einen, Eines, Einer or Einem?

The number one in German is the only number that needs to be conjugated.

In English we have three words for “one”. We have the number one itself, or we use “a” or “an” to express we only have one of something.

  • I have one brother
  • I have a sister
  • I have an apple

In German these three words are expressed using variations of “ein” and “eins”.

When you’re counting the quantity of something – like how many people are in a group – you’ll always use the “eins” form of the word, which is the number one itself, as you can see in the table at the start of this article.

However when you’re referring to anything else you’ll use the “ein” form of the word and its case-based variations. Such as:

Nominative:

  • Masculine: ein Bruder (a Brother)
  • Neutral: ein Auto (a Car)
  • Feminine: eine Schwester (a Sister)

Accusative:

  • Masculine: einen Bruder
  • Neutral: ein Auto
  • Feminine: eine Schwester

Dative:

  • Masculine: einem Bruder
  • Neutral: einem Auto
  • Feminine: einer Schwester

Genitive:

  • Masculine: eines Bruders
  • Neutral: eines Autos
  • Feminine: einer Schwester

Explaining each of these in depth is a little beyond the scope of this article. But remember that when you’re counting you use numbers, when you’re talking to someone you’ll use “ein” and it’s variations.

Other numbers like two in German or three in German don’t need to be conjugated and stay the same throughout.

How To Count From 100 to 1,000 In German

The rule for counting in the hundreds is exactly the same as in English. You take the number from one to nine and add the word “hundert” (hundred) to the end of it.

Here’s a table to show you what I mean:

100 Einhundert
200 Zweihundert
300 Dreihundert
400 Vierhundert
500 Fünfhundert
600 Sechshundert
700 Siebenhundert
800 Achthundert
900 Neunhundert
1000 Eintausend

Filling in the gaps between these numbers is relatively simple too. There are just a few things to remember:

  • You always say the hundred number first
  • Between 100 and 119 you say it the same way you would in English. So 101 (one-hundred and one) becomes einhundertundeins.
  • Once you get higher than 20 the number-swapping rule comes into effect, but only for the two digit numbers. That mean 176 (one-hundred and seventy six) becomes einhundertsechsundsiebzig.

These rules apply throughout all the hundreds.

How To Count From 1,000 to 10,000 in German

You’ve already learned the hardest parts of counting in German. From here on out it’s so similar to English you don’t need to remember much.

The word for thousand in German is tausend, which is said like you’re saying the English word “thousands” in a German accent.

Then the thousands themselves follow work the same as you just saw in the 100’s, but with the word “tausend” added to the end:

1000 Eintausend
2000 Zweitausend
3000 Dreitausend
4000 Viertausend
5000 Fünftausend
6000 Sechstausend
7000 Siebentausend
8000 Achttausend
9000 Neuntausend
10000 Zehntausend

When you start adding hundreds into the mix, the rules of the 100’s you just read still apply. You only change the two-digit number – like 43 – around, the rest go in order.

German Numbers: 10,000 And Beyond

For the numbers in the 10,000’s you’re going to follow the two-digit number rules. In succession these numbers follow on in multiples of ten: zehntausend, zwanzigtausend, dreiβigtausend and so on.

When the numbers change to have a second digit, like 87, this would then become siebenundachtzigtausend (seven and eighty-thousand). This can become quite a mouthful when the number is 87,787 which would be siebenundachtzigtausendsiebenhundertsiebenundachtzig.

When you reach the 100,000’s you can then apply the rules for this, but with 100’s numbers. So 100,000 would be hunderttausend, 200,000 would be zweihunderttausend, 300,000 would be dreihunderttausend, and so on.

Here are the terminologies for numbers when you count higher than that:

  • Million: Million
  • Billion: Milliarde
  • Trillion: Billion

How To Remember German Numbers

You may be looking at all of these numbers right now and thinking, “How in the world am I ever going to remember all of this?”. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

There are a few number words in German that you can simply remember as the English form and translate it. For example:

  • Hundred -> Hundert
  • Thousand -> Tausend
  • Hundred Thousand -> Hunderttausend
  • Million -> Million

But how do you remember the trickier, German sounding words?

Well, one of my favourite ways to remember numbers is mnemonics. These are attachments you make to a word to help you recall it. It can be a funny sentence, a visualistion, a play on the word or anything that helps you remember. Well here are a few of my favourites from my time learning German:

  • Drei -> Three bottles of dry white wine
  • Vier -> Three is fearful of this number
  • Elf -> Eleven little Christmas elves
  • Zwanzig -> Twenty swans drawing a zig-zag in a lake

Don’t censor yourself when trying to do this, these are to help you remember, not somebody else.

The Etymology of German Numbers

Where do German numbers come from? They’re part of a branch of the language family tree called Germanic. This branch sprouts off into languages like English, Dutch and Swedish.

In fact if you look at the major European Germanic languages side by side, you can see a lot of similarities in their spellings and pronunciations (pay close attention to the number six):

German Dutch English Norwegian Danish Swedish
Eins Een One En En Ett
Zwei Twee Two To To Två
Drei Drie Three Tre Tre Tre
Vier Vier Four Fire Fire Fira
Fünf Vifj Five Fem Fem Fem
Sechs Zes Six Seks Seks Sex
Sieben Zeven Seven Sju Syv Sju
Acht Acht Eight Åtte Otte Åtta
Neun Negen Nine Ni Ni Nio
Zehn Tien Ten Ti Ti Tio

If you look back to old high German which was spoken between the years 700 and 1050, you can see how some of their similarities have carried on through time too:

  • Ein – “One”
  • Zwene – “Two”
  • Dri – “Three”
  • Fior / Feor – “Four”
  • Fimf – “Five”
  • Sehs – “Six”
  • Sibun – “Seven”
  • Ahto – “Eight”
  • Niun – “Nine”
  • Zehan – “Ten”

German Numbers You Can Count On…

How did you find learning German numbers? There are lots similarities to English, and once you get used to swapping two-digit numbers around, it becomes really simple. Once you learn your German numbers from 1-10 you the rest starts to fall into place.

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James Johnson

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As well as managing our Facebook and Twitter feeds, James teaches people how to learn German, and move to Germany, on his blog Deutschified.

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