Whether you want to tell the time or give someone your phone number or do anything that involves knowing Italian numbers, it is always a good idea to know how to say numbers in this language.
In this article, we are learning numbers in the Italian language. And for easier navigation of this long article, we have put all the sections with their link in the following list:
- Italian numbers from 0 to 10.
- Italian numbers from 11 to 19.
- Italian numbers – multiples of 10.
- Italian numbers from 21 to 99.
- Italian numbers 100 – 900 (hundreds).
- Italian numbers 1000 – 10.000 (thousands).
- Italian numbers beyond 10.000.
- Italian numbers: rules summary.
At the end of the fourth section, you will find a video of a native Italian speaker that tells you how to pronounce these numbers like a native Italian. And after finishing this article, you will find a short quiz that will help you consolidate and practice what you will learn in this article.
1. Italian Numbers: From 0 to 10
The first ten numbers in any language are the basics of learning how to count in this language. So you have to memorize them as is.
2. Italian Numbers: From 11 to 19
Now we move on to the next set of numbers, which unfortunately do not follow a strict rule that you can apply. But we have tried to give you a pattern that you can follow to make it easier for you to memorize them. So keep in mind that the following rules are not strict, and you may notice that the spelling of these words doesn’t follow any rules.
So here’s the rule:
- Numbers from 11 to 16 are formed using the root word for numbers from one to six, followed by the word “dici”, which means ten in Italian.
- Numbers from 17 to 19 are quite reversed since you start with the word “dici”, and then you add the root word for the numbers seven to nine at the end.
3. Italian Numbers – Multiples of 10
Now the multiples of ten, here these numbers follow a simple rule; you just add the root word for numbers from three to nine followed by “anta”. Number 20 is also irregular, so you have to memorize it alone.
4. Italian Numbers: From 21 to 99
Moving on to the next level, that is numbers from 21 all the way up to 99. Since we have already gone through numbers from zero to 20 and the multiples of ten, this should be the easiest section for you. They also follow a very simple rule, unlike the above numbers, which were full of exceptions.
So to say any number from 21 to 99, all you need to do is to put the big number (tens) first, followed by the smaller number (from one to nine). For example, 26 is formed of a big number (20) and a small one (6). So to say it in Italian, we put the big number first (venti) followed by the small one (sei), all together becomes (ventisei) and so on.
But don’t forget the following spelling rules:
- Just remember to remove the last letter in the first word if it’s a vowel and the first letter of the next word is also a vowel. You will notice this in the following numbers: ventuno, ventotto, quarantuno, cinquantotto and so on.
- Numbers ending in the word three (tre), tre has to change to “tré”.
Now, it’s time to listen and see how to pronounce these numbers from a native Italian speaker:
5. Italian Numbers: 100 – 900 (hundreds)
For hundreds, you just need to memorize the word for 100, which is “cento”, and the others are quite easy to get the hang of. So for other numbers, you add the root word for each number from two to nine, followed by the word “cento”.
6. Italian Numbers: 1000 – 10.000 (thousands)
Thousands in Italian follow a very similar rule to that of hundreds; all you have to memorize is the word for one thousand, which is “mille” and the other numbers are formed easily by adding the root word for numbers from two to nine, followed by the word “mile”.
Note that the word “mille” changes into “mila” starting from 2000 up to 9000.
7. Italian Numbers beyond 10.000
These big numbers are not commonly used in daily life, but we have listed them down for you so that you can take a look at them and try to find a pattern yourself this time.
|One million||un milione|
|One billion||un miliardo|
|One trillion||un bilione|
8. Italian Numbers: Rules Summary
Now, here are Italian numbering rules in a nutshell:
- First of all, you have to learn these numbers by heart: the first 10 numbers (from zero to ten), 20, one hundred, one thousand, million, billion, and trillion.
- Then, for the teens:
- Numbers 11 to 16 are formed using the root of the number from one to six, followed by the word for ten in Italian, which is “dici”.
- Remember to reverse the order above in numbers 17, 18, and 19.
- For multiples of ten, we add the root word for numbers three to nine, followed by “anta”.
- Numbers 21 to 99 are formed by putting the big number first, followed by the small one.
- For hundreds and thousands, we put the root of the number from two to nine first, followed by the word “cento” or “mile”, respectively.
There you have it; you now know how to count from zero to one million in Italian. What a huge milestone in your language-learning journey. Keep moving forward.
Here’s a website that helps you practice Italian numbers. All you need to do is to put the number in the small search box and try to guess the name of this number in Italian before hitting the search button and getting the correct answer.
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A short quiz on the topic:
Q (1). How do you say this number (7) in Italian?
Q (2). Which of the following is the correct number for the word “settantaquattro”?
Q (3). How do you say the number “90” in Italian?
Q (4). How do you translate this word “trecentoventi” into numbers in Italian?
Q (5). What is 47 in Italian?
Q (6). How do you say this number “621” in Italian?
Q (7). How many fingers do we have in one hand?
Q (8). Complete the following list of numbers: undici, dodici, tredici, …. , …. , …. .
- Quattordici, quindici, sedici.
- Quindici, sedici, quattordici.
- Quattordici, sedici, quindici.
- Sedici, quindici, quattordici.
Q (9). How do you say the numbers “720 and 4200” in Italian, respectively?
- Duecentosettanta, quattromiladuecento.
- Settecentoventi, duemilaquattrocento.
- Settemiladuecento, quattromiladuecento.
- Settecentoventi, quattromiladuecento.
Q (10). What is “tremilaseicento” in Italian numbers?
The correct answers:
Q (1) – 2
Q (2) – 4
Q (3) – 1
Q (4) – 1
Q (5) – 2
Q (6) – 3
Q (7) – 3
Q (8) – 1
Q (9) – 4
Q (10) – 3
Match each of the following numbers with its correct name in Italian:
The correct answers:
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