German Numbers (Die Zahlen)

In this topic we will learn how to write German numbers. Let’s start with the numbers from 0 to 19. Why exactly 1 to 19? Because these numbers represent the basis to form all the others.

  • 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 – sechzehn
  • 17 – siebzehn
  • 18 – achtzehn
  • 19 – neunzehn

Now let’s go and see how you write 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90. Why? Because even these numbers are the basis for creating all the others.

  • 20 – zwanzig
  • 30 – dreißig
  • 40 – vierzig
  • 50 – fünfzig
  • 60 – sechzig
  • 70 – siebzig
  • 80 – achtzig
  • 90 – neunzig

To form all the other numbers just combine them as follows:

  • 21 – ein und zwanzig
  • 32 – zwei und dreißig
  • 43 – drei und vierzig
  • 54 – vier und fünfzig
  • 65 – fünf und sechzig
  • 76 – sechs und siebzig
  • 87 – sieben und achtzig
  • 98 – acht und neunzig

Do you understand how this works? If yes, try to comment below by writing your age. If you are female, you can also bluff 😀

Before continuing, try to write this number: 33

Still, too hard? Use this tool to convert a number into a word: Numbers to Words Converter – German

Let’s see how to write 100 and 1000:

  • 100 – (ein) hundert
  • 1000 – (ein) tausend

Looking at the structure of these two numbers, how do you think the numbers 700 and 6000 would be written?
That’s right. That’s what I’m talking about:

  • 700 – sieben hundert
  • 6000 – sechs tausend

Now let’s see some slightly larger numbers:

  • 1.000.000 – eine Million
  • 2.000.000 – zwei Millionen
  • 1.000.000.000 – eine Milliarde

By learning the structure of the numbers we have treated, you should be able to write down all the German numbers.
Is everything clear? Try to write in the comments your year of birth. Mine is:

1976 – Ein­ tausend ­neun­ hundert ­sechs ­und ­siebzig
or better: Ein­tausend­neun­hundert­sechs­und­siebzig

In this next video Kathy Schock, explains how to pronounce the German numbers. In addition to that, she also provides some very useful grammar notes:

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