Numbers in Italian

Italian Numbers

Do you know how Italian Numbers work?

If you have just started your journey in the Italian language, Italian numbers are one of the very first topics you learn.

Knowing how to deal with numbers is essential to have a basic conversation, be able to tell your age, give your address and telephone number.

Also, if you can understand and use them, going shopping will be a piece of cake!

Especially if you travel to small towns in Italy, being able to use numbers will make you feel at ease in local bars and restaurant where people often can’t speak English fluently.

So let’s go through and see how Italian numbers work: we start with numbers from 0 to 20!

NumberWord
0Zero
1Uno
2Due
3Tre
4Quattro
5Cinque
6Sei
7Sette
8Otto
9Nove
10Dieci
11Undici
12Dodici
13Tredici
14Quattordici
15Quindici
16Sedici
17Diciassette
18Diciotto
19Diciannove
20Venti

 

As you can see, numbers up to 20 are all quite different and they don’t follow any patterns: that is why it is necessary to make a little effort to memorize them.

Once you reach 20 it gets much easier!

From now on you can apply a simple rule. Let’s see!

NumberWord
21Ventuno
22Ventidue
23Ventitre
24Ventiquattro
25Venticinque
26Ventisei
27Ventisette
28Ventotto
29Ventinove
30Trenta

 

Basically we can just add the first 9 numbers to 20 in order to reach number 30.

Easy isn’t it?

You can apply the same rule after 30, so you just need to remember the tens.

NumberWord
40Quaranta
50Cinquanta
60Sessanta
70Settanta
80Ottanta
90Novanta
100Cento

 

After 100, again it is just about adding other numbers, for example 110 is “centodieci“, or 157 is “centocinquantasette” and so on.

Time to move on!

NumberWord
200Duecento
300Trecento
400Quattrocento
500Cinquecento
600Seicento
700Settecento
800Ottocento
900Novecento

 

What happens with thousands?

NumberWord
1000Mille
2000Duemila
3000Tremila
4000Quattromila
5000Cinquemila
6000Seimila
7000Settemila
8000Ottomila
9000Novemila
10.000Diecimila

 

After 1000 (Mille), you can easily notice what the pattern is: you can form any numbers adding -mila.

How would 134.560 be? Well…centotrentaquattromilacinquecentosessanta!

It might seem too long, but if you start counting from the left it won’t be difficult!

And if you want to use big numbers, you may need 1.000.000, which in Italian is “un milione” or 1.000.000.000, “un miliardo“.

Milione and miliardo become plural when you have, for example, 3.000.000 “tre milioni“, or 5.000.000.000 “cinque miliardi“.

If you are learning Italian in London at Happy Languages, these contents will be covered during the Beginner 1 course, check it out!

Now practice with any numbers you can think of and get more confident!


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