Italian Numbers: How to Count in Italian

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Italian Numbers: How to Count from 0 – 1,000+ in Italian

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In this article, you will learn how to write, pronounce and understand Italian numbers, as well as:

👍 How to count from 0 – 1,000 + in Italian
👍 What to remember when learning Italian numbers
👍 Which mistakes to avoid when learning Italian

Learning how to count and say specific numbers is a key part of any foreign language. Not only does it come in handy when quantifying something, but it is also needed when we refer to dates, times, saying how old we are, reading recipes, etc.

Although learning a new language is challenging, learning how to count in Italian really is not too difficult.

Sure, there are certain numbers that you need to remember. But most of the numbers in Italian between 1 – 100 are part of a simple pattern, just like most Latin languages, including Spanish and Portuguese.

So, let’s hit the play button and discover how to count from 0 – 1,000+ in Italian.

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Italian Numbers 1 – 100

Let’s look at the Italian numbers 1 to 100. Take a good look at these, and try to memorize as much as you can. Then, keep reading to find the best ways to remember them.

1 uno 2 due 3 tre4 quattro5 cinque
6 sei7 sette 8 otto 9 nove 10 dieci
11 undici 12 dodici 13 tredici 14 quattordici 15 quindici
16 sedici 17 diciassette 18 diciotto 19 diciannove 20 venti

21 ventuno22 ventidue 23 ventitré24 ventiquattro25 venticinque
26 ventisei27 ventisette28 ventotto 29 ventinovo 30 trenta
31 trentuno 32 trentadue33 trentatré34 trentaquattro 35 trentacinque
36 trentasei37 trentasette 38 trentotto39 trentanove 40 quaranta
41 quarantuno42 quarantadue 43 quarantatré 44 quarantaquattro45 quarantacinque
46 quarantasei47 quarantasette 48 quarantotto49 quarantanove 50 cinquanta
51 cinquantuno 52 cinquantadue 53 cinquantatré54 cinquantaquattro55 cinquantacinque
56 cinquantasei57 cinquantasette58 cinquantotto59 cinquantanove60 sessanta
61 sessantuno62 sessantadue63 sessantatré64 sessantaquattro65 sessantacinque
66 sessantasei67 sessantasette68 sessantotto69 sessantanove70 settanta
71 settantuno72 settantadue73 settantatré74 settantaquattro75 settantacinque
76 settantasei 77 settantasette 78 settantotto79 settantanove80 ottanta
81 ottantuno82 ottantadue83 ottantatré84 ottantaquattro85 ottantacinque
86 ottantasei 87 ottantasette 88 ottantotto89 ottantanove90 novanta
91 novantuno 92 novantadue93 novantatré 94 novantaquattro 95 novantacinque
96 novantasei97 novantasette 98 novantotto 99 novantanove100 cento

How to Count from 1 – 10 in Italian

1 – uno

2 – due

3 – tre

4 – quattro

5 – cinque

6 – sei

7 – sette

8 – otto

9 – nove

10 – dieci

How to Count from 11 – 100 in Italian

If you are new to learning languages then this may all seem a little overwhelming. But don’t be too worried. If you look carefully and watch the video, you will see that most of these Italian numbers are part of a really simple pattern.

Firstly, you need to remember:

11 – undici

12 – dodici

These are nice and simple. Think about it, it’s a bit like saying ‘ten-one’ (so, eleven) and ‘ten-two’ (so, twelve). You pronounce these numbers ‘un-dichie’ and ‘doh-dichie.’ 

There are some exceptions to this rule, but the ‘c’ in Italian is pronounced like ‘ch’ in English.

Teenage numbers in Italian

After 11 (undici) and 12 (dodici), there are a few more that you will need to remember.

13 – tredici

14 – quattordici

15 – quindici

Remember, the Italian pronunciation of the ultimate ‘c’ is a ‘ch’ sound.

Then, we have:

16 – sedici

17 – diciassete (note the extra ‘a’ in the number seventeen).

18 – diciotto

19 – diciannove

By now, you should have learned the word for 10 in Italian – dieci, as well as 6 – 9.

If you look carefully, you will see that 17 – 19 are simply 10 + the relevant number.

It looks just like this:

17 – ten and 7 (diciassete)

18 – ten and 8 (diciotto)

19 – ten and 9 (diciannove) – don’t forget the ‘an’ before ‘nove’ here.

The next number, 20 in Italian is:

20 – venti

Multiples of 10 in Italian

Once you have learned how to count to twenty in Italian, we recommend learning the multiples of 10 (the tens) up to 100.

So:

20 – venti

30 – trenta

40 – quaranta

50 – cinquanta

60 – sessanta

70 – settanta

80 – ottanta

90 – novanta

100 – cento

How to Remember Italian Numbers with a Pattern

We really do recommend that you focus on and learn these numbers first before you continue.

Then, once you have learned the above in its entirety, the rest of the numbers between the multiples of 10 (dieci) are easy to memorize thanks to a really simple formula.

Remember what we learned for numbers 17 – 19.

You can take the word for 10 (dieci), take away the ‘e’ then add the digit.

dici + (digit).”

For example:

“dieci + otto” = dieciotto, which contracts to diciotto.

Think about it – it’s just like English. Eight + ten = Sixteen. In Italian, it’s the other way around.

Italian Numbers Above Twenty

For numbers above twenty in the Italian language, simply take the multiples of ten (venti, trenta, quaranta, cinquanta, sessanta, settanta, ottanta, novanta) and the smaller number (uno, due, tre, quattro, cinque, sei, sette, otto, nove, dieci). Then, make them into one word.

NOTE: There are some exceptions in which you remove the last ‘a’ of the larger number.

For example:

45 = “forty five” = quarantacinque.

56 = “fifty six” = cinquantasei.

98 = “ninety eight” = novantotto (note the last ‘a’ is gone).

72 = “seventy two” = settantadue.

A quick tip: As you may have noticed already, sixty and seventy in Italian are very similar! – sessanta – 60 and settanta – 70.

Make sure you remember which one is which early on to avoid confusion later!

Furthermore, when counting in Italian remember that numbers get contracted into a single word, instead of broken down into separate words like in English or German (but unlike French).

So, instead of “thirty two”, it would be “trentadue”.

There are two important numbers we have not covered:

zero = zero – easy to remember!)

100 = cento – note the link with English words that resemble this like:

century”

centipede”

“percent”

So, by taking the simple steps mentioned above, you’ll have the numbers 1-100 memorized in no time!

Italian for “One”: Un, Uno, or Una?

If you have knowledge of Italian or you have been learning a new language while then you may have noticed that Italian doesn’t distinguish betweenoneandain the same way that English does.

Una casa” can mean “a house” or “one house”.

It’s important to note that the word una changes to match the gender of the noun it describes.

Before a feminine noun, it stays as una (so with this vowel on the end).

Before a masculine noun, you drop the vowel ‘a’ and just use un.

The examples below should be useful for you.

Un letto – a bed/one bed. Drop the “a” from “una” because ‘letto’ is a masculine noun.

Una casa – a house/one house. Change “uno” to “una” because it’s followed by a feminine noun.

Ne ho una – “I have one”.

Ci sono dubbi?” “Sì, ce n’è uno.” – “Any doubts?” “Yes, there is one”.

In this case, you use uno because you’re referring to a dubbio (doubt), which is a masculine word.

Italian for 100: Counting from 100 to 199 in Italian

In order to master large numbers, you only need to learn one simple rule or pattern, just as we’ve seen already.

For numbers from 100 to 109, except 104 and 105, use cento.

101 = centouno

102 = centodue

103 = centotré

104 = centroquattro (note the extra ‘r’)

105 = centroquince (note the extra ‘r’)

106 = centosei

Etc.

Say these two out loud or you may forget this rule.

Then, it’s the same for 200-999 and beyond.

Counting from 200 to 999 in Italian

Just as we have learned the multiples of 10 in the first section of this text, we must now learn the multiples of 100.

You will see below that this is really straightforward.

200 = duecento

300 = trecento

400 = quattrocento

500 = cinquecento

600 = seicento

700 = settecento

800 = ottocento

900 = novecento

In order to say or spell the Italian numbers between 200 and 999, all you need to do is follow the same patterns as for 100 (cento):

201 = duecentouno

202 = duecentodos

220 = duecentoventi

221 = duecentoventiuno

Etc.

Italian Numbers From 1 Thousand to 1 Million

From this point, as you’ve learned every Italian number up until one thousand, there are only two new words that you will need to learn.

These are mille (1,000) and un milione (1,000,000).

The numbers below provide some examples of this. When writing numbers to make sentences, notice that sometimes we are making three words instead of contracting them into two.

1,000 = mille

1,001 = mille e uno 

1,500 = mille e cinquecento

1,787 = millesettecentottantasette

2,001 = dos mil uno

30,000 = treinta mil

43,000 = cuarenta y tres mil

100,000 = cien mil

583,383 = cinquecentottantatremilasettecentottantasette

1,000,000 = un milione

4,000,000 = quattro milioni

7,493,000 = sette milioni quattrocentonovantatremila

9,651,933 = nove milioni e seicentocinquantunomilanovecentotrentatre 

(Yikes! Try saying that in this beautiful foreign language after a drink or two!)

Summarizing Italian Numbers: How to Count When You Learn Italian

So, there we have it. We have taken you through a full list of Italian numbers from 0-1,000+.

We hope you have found this post useful. Italian is a beautiful language and you can’t help but smile when you hear it. Students that learn it never regret doing so.

Even if it’s just for a trip to a new country (such as Italy) or for the sake of learning a few new phrases, why not learn a new language today and broaden your horizons?

Focusing on numbers is a great place to start!

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Author bio:

James is the founder of travel-lingual.com, this online travel, and language blog. He is a tutor of English, Spanish and French. Furthermore, he has visited 35 countries and has tried dozens of Italian courses to date.

He has worked as a language teacher in France, Spain, Argentina, and Costa Rica. His love of languages led him to create this blog, to share best practices in language learning and inspire others to learn!

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