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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

German By The Numbers / How to Count in German

Counting in German is much the same as counting in English, with one rather big exception.  Rather than just explaining this exception, I will write this segment in such a way as to help train your brain to properly count, speak and read German numbers.

First, Learn The Basic Counting Elements:

0 - zero / null
1 - one / eins
2 - two / zwei
3 - three / drei
4 - four / vier
5 - five  / funf
6 - six / sechs
7 - seven / sieben
8 - eight / acht
9 - nine / neun

10 - ten / zehn
11 - eleven / elf
12 - twelve / zwolf
13 - thirteen / dreizehn
14 - fourteen / vierzehn
15 - fifteen / funfzehn
16 - sixteen / sechzehn
17 - seventeen / siebzehn
18 - eighteen / achtzehn
19 - nineteen / neunzehn

20 - twenty / zwanzig
30 - thirty / dreissig
40 - forty / viersig
50 - fifty / funfzig
60 - sixty / sechzig
70 - seventy / siebzig
80 - eighty / achtzig
90 - ninety / neunzig
100 - (one)hundred / (ein)hundret
1000 - (one)thousand (ein)tausend

Alright, here comes the tricky part.   In German, when counting from twenty to thirty, thirty to forty, etc..  the smaller number is written/pronounced before the larger number.  Although I will continue to write the numbers in both English and German, to train your brain I will only write the numbers as they are arranged in German

Second, Practice and Learn The German Number Structure:

21 - one and twenty / einundzwanzig
22 - two and twenty / zweiundzwanzig
23 - three and twenty / dreiundzwanzig
24 - four and twenty / vierundzwanzig
25 - five and twenty / funfundzwanzig
26 - six and twenty / sechsundzwanzig
27 - seven and twenty / siebenundzwanzig
28 - eight and twenty / achtundzwanzig
29 - nine and twenty / neunundzwanzig
30 - thirty / dreissig

21 - one and twenty / einundzwanzig
32 - two and thirty / zweiunddreizig
43 - three and forty /dreiundvierzig
54 - four and fifty / vierundfunfzig
65 - five and sixty / funfundsechzig
76 - six and seventy / sechsundsiebzig
87 - seven and eighty / siebenundachtzig
98 - eight and ninety / achtundneunzig
357 - three hundred seven and fifty / dreihundretsiebenundfunfzig
3764 - three thousand seven hundred four and sixty / dreitausendsiebenhundretvierundsechzig


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