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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 with you.

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:

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

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 its variations.

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

Related learning: How to Use the Dative Case in German – In-Depth Guide [with Charts]

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 means 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: zehntausendzwanzigtausenddreiβigtausend 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:

  • MillionMillion
  • BillionMilliarde
  • TrillionBillion

Remember the German Numbers with This Language Hack

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. 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.

The more ridiculous, the better! Don’t censor yourself when trying to do this, these are to help you remember, not somebody else.

For more language hacks, check out the Language Hacking Podcast, where hosts Benny, Shannon, and Elizabeth discuss language learning and language hacks with guests from all over the world.

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 Norweigan 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 Fyra
Funf Vijf 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…

There are lots of similarities between English numbers and German numbers, and once you get used to swapping two-digit numbers around, it becomes really simple.

Once you learn your German numbers from 1-10, the rest starts to fall into place.

Original article by James Johnson, updated by the Fluent in 3 Months team.

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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.

Speaks: English, Spanish, German

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