How to Count in Italian - dummies

# How to Count in Italian

Learning numbers and counting in Italian isn’t complicated. In fact, the Italians follow many of the same patterns that we do in English. There are a few differences, but it’s when it comes to numbers and counting in Italian, it’s really just a question of memorizing.

In Italian, as in English, there is a unique number from 0 – 16. After that they add the next number to the tens, making one word. So, 17, is the word for 10 followed by the word for 7 and so on.

 uno 1 due 2 tre 3 quattro 4 cinque 5 sei 6 sette 7 otto 8 nove 9 dieci 10 undici 11 dodici 12 tredici 13 quattordici 14 quindici 15 sedici 16 diciassette 17 diciotto 18 diciannove 19

For the numbers in the twenties, thirties, forties, and so on, just add the number to the tens, with the exception of when you add a 1 or an 8. For these two numbers, drop the final “–i.” For example, venti (20), ventuno (21), ventidue (22), venticinque (25), ventotto (28). See? It’s not ventiuno or ventiotto.

 venti 20 ventuno 21 ventidue 22 trenta 30 trentuno 31 quaranta 40 quarantuno 41 cinquanta 50 sessanta 60 settanta 70 ottanta 80 novanta 90

When you add the tre, the -e takes an accent: ventitrè.

Larger numbers in Italian follow the same formula.

 100 cento 101 centuno 102 centodue 150 centocinquanta 1,000 mille 2,000 duemila

In Italian, large numbers are said in the same order that we use for English. For example, 1916 would be 1916 (millenovecentosedici) (literally: one thousand, nine hundred, and sixteen).