In this chapter I will teach you how to count in German! We are starting with the numbers from 1-20 and, by end of this chapter, you should be able to count till 1000! Have fun!
The numbers untill 12 are not following any system - same as in English. You just have to study and memorize them!
The numbers from 13 untill 19 are formed almost the same way as in English:
Listen to the numbers from 1 to 20 in a row: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
The numbers from 21 till 99 are build in a similar way as the numbers from 13 till 19.
Listen to the numbers of the following list in one row: 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 40, 42, 50, 53, 60, 64, 70, 75, 80, 86, 90, 97, 100
Building the numbers with hundred, you just have to add the corresponding number to the number with hundred (without und).
Listen to the numbers of the following list in one row: 101, 179, 200, 224, 300, 320, 400, 402, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900, 1000, 2000, 10000, 100000, 1000000
There is also another form of numbers: the ordinal numbers. Forming them, there is a difference between the numbers from 1 to 19 and the numbers above:
In English you usually jsut add the ending -th, while in German you either add -te or -ste.
|Cardinal number||Ordinal number|
|eins (one)||erste (first)|
|zwei (two)||zweite (second)|
|drei (three)||dritte (third)|
|vier (four)||vierte (fourth)|
|fünf (five)||fünfte (fifth)|
|zehn (ten)||zehnte (tenth)|
|einundzwanzig (twentyone)||einundzwanzigste (twentyfirst)|
|vierunddreißig (thirtyfour)||vierunddreißigste (thirtyfourth)|
If you want to know more about ordinal numbers and especially their use as adjectives, have a look at the chapter about the forming and declension of ordinal numbers in German.
You want to do some fun an free exercises to learn the numbers in German? Than try out the following three exercises!
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