• Dutch course for beginners A1
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  • 1 Dutch alphabet and pronunciation
  • 2 Counting in Dutch (indefinite and ordinal numbers) [0/3]
  • 3 Dutch greetings (hello in Dutch) [0/3]
  • 4 Basic words and phrases in Dutch [0/4]
  • 5 Introducing yourself in Dutch [0/4]
  • 6 What time is it? - telling the time in Dutch [0/4]
  • 7 Days of the week, months and seasons in Dutch [0/5]
  • 8 Colours in Dutch [0/3]
  • 9 Animal names in Dutch [0/5]
  • 10 Family in Dutch [0/3]
  • 11 Food and Drinks in Dutch [0/5]
  • 12 How to order food in Dutch? [0/4]
  • 13 The weather in Dutch [0/4]
  • 14 Countries, Cities and Nationalities in Dutch [0/3]
  • 15 Body parts in Dutch [0/3]
  • 16 Clothes and shoes in Dutch [0/4]
  • 17 Travel and vacation in Dutch [0/3]
  • 18 Dutch proverbs and sayings [0/3]
  • 19 I love you in Dutch (Emotions and feelings) [0/4]
  • 20 Happy birthday in Dutch (birthday wishes) [0/3]
  • 21 Asking for directions in Dutch [0/4]
  • 22 Needs and opinions in Dutch [0/4]
  • 23 Hobbies in Dutch [0/4]
  • 24 House, room, furniture vocabulary in Dutch [0/4]
  • 25 How to describe a person in Dutch [0/4]
  • 26 Business Dutch [0/4]
  • Counting in Dutch (indefinite and ordinal numbers)

    In this chapter, you will learn about the numbers in Dutch. Numbers are used when doing maths, but also when talking about the date or the time. The numbers are needed in any type of conversation. There are two types of numbers in Dutch: cardinal numbers and ordinal numbers. Both groups can be divided in definite and indefinite numbers.

    Counting in Dutch

    Definite cardinal numbers are used for counting in Dutch. The definite cardinal numbers give an exact amount:

    Counting to 10

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

    Number Dutch
    0 Nul
    1 Één
    2 Twee
    3 Drie
    4 Vier
    5 Vijf
    6 Zes
    7 Zeven
    8 Acht
    9 Negen
    10 Tien

    Counting to 20

    11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

    Number Dutch
    11 Elf
    12 Twaalf
    13 Dertien
    14 Veertien
    15 Vijftien
    16 Zestien
    17 Zeventien
    18 Achttien
    19 Negentien
    20 Twintig

    Counting to 100 (the dozens)

    10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100

    Number Dutch
    10 Tien
    20 Twintig
    30 Dertig
    40 Veertig
    50 Vijftig
    60 Zestig
    70 Zeventig
     
    80
    Tachtig
    90 Negentig
    100 Honderd

    enlightenedAll definite numbers from 20 till 99 are formed in a similar way. If you know the numbers 21 and 22, you can also form the numbers 45, 66, 78 and so on. 

    • 21: eenentwintig
    • 34: vierendertig
    • 45: vijfenveertig
    • 57: zevenenvijftig
    • 62: tweeënzestig
    • 78: achtenzeventig
    • 83: drieëntachtig
    • 99: negenennegentig

    Counting to 1000 (the hundreds)

    100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900, 1000

    Number Dutch
    100 Honderd
    200 Tweehonderd
    300 Driehonderd
    400 Vierhonderd
    500 Vijfhonderd
    600 Zeshonderd
    700 Zevenhonderd
    800 Achthonderd
    900 Negenhonderd
    1000 Duizend

    Counting to 10000 (the thousands)

    Number Dutch
    1000 Duizend
    2000 Tweeduizend
    3000 Drieduizend
    4000 Vierduizend
    5000 Vijfduizend
    6000 Zesduizend
    7000 Zevenduizend
    8000 Achtduizend
    9000 Negenduizend
    10000 Tienduizend

    Ordinal numbers in Dutch

    Ordinal numbers are used to show a ranking. The table below shows you the ordinal numbers of 1 to 10. 

    English Dutch
    First Eerste
    Second Tweede
    Third Derde
    Fourth Vierde
    Fifth Vijfde
    Sixth Zesde
    Seventh Zevende
    Eighth Achtste
    Ninth Negende
    Tenth Tiende

    enlightenedDefinite ordinal numbers are always written as one word. A hyphen '-' is used for the right pronunciation of large ordinal numbers.

    Indefinite numbers

    There are also indefinite cardinal and -ordinal numbers. The indefinite numbers give an amount that is not precise.

    Indefinite cardinal numbers

    • veel (many)
    • weinig (few)
    • enkele (some)
    • meerdere (multiple)
    • sommige (some)
    • zoveel (so many)
    • alle (all)

    Indefinite ordinal numbers

    • middelste (middle/central)
    • laatste (last)
    • zoveelste (umpteenth)
    • hoeveelste (how many)

    Train your skills by doing the exercises below!

    Exercises

    Translating numbers in Dutch

    Select the cardinal numbers in Dutch

    Select the ordinal numbers in Dutch

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