Learn to Count With German Numbers
If you’re a native English speaker, learning German will be relatively easy to do. And you’ll see this when you’re learning German numbers. Learning how to count in German won’t be difficult, because the numbers will look very familiar. But, there are a few differences in the construction of numbers. Here’s everything you need to know about German numbers, so you can count to 100 or above easily.
German Numbers 110
Numeral 
German number 
0 
null 
1 
eins 
2 
zwei 
3 
drei 
4 
vier 
5 
fünf 
6 
sechs 
7 
sieben 
8 
acht 
9 
neun 
10 
zehn 
As you can see, quite a few numbers in German look or sound similar to English numbers. “Vier” is very close to “four”, and there’s almost no difference between “neun” and “nine” in pronunciation. Knowing how to count to 10 in German is very important to master. You’ll hear these numbers often, and you’ll see them again when you’re counting higher numbers.
Counting From 10 to 20 in German
Numeral 
German number 
10 
zehn 
11 
elf 
12 
zwölf 
13 
dreizehn 
14 
vierzehn 
15 
fünfzehn 
16 
sechzehn 
17 
siebzehn 
18 
achtzehn 
19 
neunzehn 
20 
zwanzig 
Numbers 1020 in German are very similar, if not even easier than in English. After ten, eleven, and twelve are unique. But from 13 onwards, you can discover a pattern. Much like the “teens” in English numbers, you construct German numbers 1319 by adding “zehn” after the numbers. And since “zehn” means ten, it’s even more straightforward than the English “teen”.
The only two exceptions are 16 and 17 in German. The “s” and the “en” disappear from “sechs” and “sieben” respectively.
Constructing German Numbers to 100
After 20, there’s a slight change in the logic of numbers in German. Here’s how you can count in German from 20 to 100:
Numeral 
German number 
20 
zwanzig 
21 
einundzwanzig 
22 
zweiundzwanzig 
23 
dreiundzwanzig 
24 
vierundzwanzig 
25 
fünfundzwanzig 
26 
sechsundzwanzig 
27 
siebenundzwanzig 
28 
achtundzwanzig 
29 
neunundzwanzig 
30 
dreißig

Numbers 2129 you need to construct in German. While the logic is easy to understand, you’ll need a bit of time to get used to it. If you look at 26 for example, you can see how you put it together: sechsundzwanzig. Literally 6 and 20. Unlike 26, where the tens come first and the ones come after, German switches it around.
You start with the ones, then add the tens, adding “und” (and) in between. No hyphens or spaces either. Just all in one word. By this logic, the following numbers look like this:
 33 – dreiunddreißig
 84 – vierundachtzig
 75 – fünfundsiebzig
Tens in German Numbers
To make sure you can count from 1 to 100 in German easily, here are all the tens in the German number system:
Numeral 
German number 
10 
zehn 
20 
zwanzig 
30 
dreißig

40 
vierzig 
50 
fünfzig 
60 
sechzig 
70 
siebzig 
80 
achtzig 
90 
neunzig 
100 
hundert 
Count to a Million in German
Well, we’re not going to show you every single German number until a million. But, we’ll show you how you can say any number even above 100.
Numeral 
German number 
100 
einhundert 
200 
zweihundert 
300 
dreihundert 
1,000 
tausend 
2,000 
zweitausend 
3,000 
dreitausend 
1,000,000 
million 
1,000,000,000 
milliarde 
1,000,000,000,000 
billion 
45,738 
fünfundvierzigtausendsiebenhundertachtunddreißig (5+40,000 700 8+30)

2020 
zweitausendzwanzig 
For the big numbers after 100, you say them just like you would in English. First, you need to look at the first number. You say that, and you add one of the following endings depending on how many zeros are behind it:
 hundert – hundred
 tausend – thousand
 hunderttausend – hundred thousand
 million – million
The only thing you have to keep in mind is “45” for example stays the same: 5+40. So, if you want to say 45,000, you need to say (5+40,000).
German Ordinal Numbers
Now you know every German cardinal number. But how do you count in German with ordinal numbers? These are the numbers for ranking and putting things in order.
Ordinal numbers 
German number 
1st 
erster 
2nd 
zweiter 
3rd 
dreiter 
4th 
viertel 
5th 
fünfter 
6th 
sechster 
7th 
siebter 
8th 
achter 
9th 
neunter 
10th 
zehnter 
20th 
zwantigster 
30th 
dreißigster 
40th 
vierzigster 
50th 
fünfzigster 
60th 
sechzigster 
70th 
siebzigster 
80th 
achtzigster 
90th 
neunzigster 
100th 
hunderster 
To form other cardinal numbers, you simply need to add “(s)ter” to the end of the number.
 11^{th}: elfter
 24^{th}: vierundzwanzigster
 45^{th: }fünfundvierzigster
 99^{th: }neunundneunzigster
Why Do You Need to Learn How to Count in German?
Numbers are a huge part of everyday life. If you talk about them in German, you need to know how what German numbers are. So, learning to count in German is a necessary skill. These are just a few of the everyday activities that you do that involve counting or numbers:
 counting money
 telling the time
 saying how old you are
How to Learn German Numbers
While the numbers do seem and sound similar to English, learning them is still something you have to do. Here are a few tricks you can use to make your German number lesson even more successful:
 Use spaced repetition: Spaced repetition is the key to language learning. It’s the hack to make your brain remember your lessons effectively. Once you read through all the German numbers, make sure you come back to review it in a few days. Periodically rereading your lessons makes them stick.
 Make up numbers: German numbers get more complicated the higher they get. Make up some random numbers and try to write them down with letters. That ought to perfect your understanding of the German counting logic.
 Say them out loud: The only way you’ll reach fluency is if you talk. So, practice saying German numbers out loud to get used to how they sound. Your German fluency won’t be far behind.
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