Italian Numbers: one, two, three…

Could you imagine what life would be like without knowing any numbers? How would you tell your age, your telephone number, or your birthday?! If you’ve ever wanted to learn numbers in Italian then you’re in luck — because we’ve made this lesson just for you and are going to teach you all of them!

Numbers in Italian

Let’s break it down into categories:

One digit numbers

0zero
1uno
2due
3tre
4quattro
5cinque
6sei
7sette
8otto
9nove

“Irregular” two digit numbers

11undici
12dodici
13tredici
14quattordici
15quindici
16sedici
17diciassette
18diciotto
19diciannove

Two digit numbers with zero 

10dieci
20venti
30trenta
40quaranta
50cinquanta
60sessanta
70settanta
80ottanta
90novanta

In order to form all other numbers, that is “regular” two digit numbers, there’s sort of a rule: you have to join one of the “two digit numbers with zero with one of the one digit numbers, by making somewhat of an “addition“.

20 + 5 = venticinque (25)

40 + 7 = quarantasette (47)

60 + 9 = sessantanove (69)

70 + 4 = settantaquattro (74)

… and so on.

BE CAREFUL: the numbers ONE (1) and EIGHT (8) start with a vowel. So in order to join them with any of the “two digit numbers with zero (which all END with a vowel), you must remember NOT to pronounce (nor write) the final vowel of the “two digit number with zero”. Here are some examples:

20 + 1 = ventuno (21)

30 + 8 = trentotto (38)

60 + 1 = sessantuno (61)

See how the vowel gets chopped off where the two numbers join together?

Now let’s move to…

Three digit numbers with two zeros

100cento
200duecento
300trecento
400quattrocento
500cinquecento
600seicento
700settecento
800ottocento
900novecento

As you can see all three digit numbers with two zeros are formed by joining the one digit number + cento. The only exception is the number one-hundred itself, which is simply cento.

In order to form all other three digit numbers you just do another “addition” like we did before. Here are some examples:

100 + 50 + 4centocinquantaquattro (154)

300 + 20 + 5 = trecentoventicinque (325)

700 + 90 + 8 = settecentonovantotto (798)

Finally, here we have the four digit numbers with three zeros. In order to form them, you simply join the one digit number to the word “mila“. The only exception is the number 1000 itself (which is just “mille“). Here’s the list:

2000duemila
3000tremila
4000quattromila
5000cinquemila
6000seimila
7000settemila
8000ottomila
9000novemila

For all other four digit numbers, the “addition” rule from earlier is still valid:

1000 + 900 + 40 + 5 = millenovecentoquarantacinque (1945)

2000 + 18 = duemiladiciotto (2018)

5000 + 30 + 5 = cinquemilatrentacinque (5035)

1.000.000 = un milione (one million)

2.000.000 = due milioni (two million)

Note that 2 million technically becomes 2 millions (millioni) in Italian! This also holds true for 3 million, 4 million, 5 million, and so on.

1.000.000.000 = un miliardo (one billion)

2.000.000.000 = due miliardi (two billion)

EXPRESSION OF THE DAY:

DARE I NUMERI = to do or to say silly things

Now you know all the numbers in Italian! Ready for your next lesson? Here’s how to tell time in Italian!

Let’s see if you’ve mastered the contents of this class. Have a go at completing the exercises!

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