Numbers in Albanian

Learn numbers in Albanian

Knowing numbers in Albanian is probably one of the most useful things you can learn to say, write and understand in Albanian. Learning to count in Albanian may appeal to you just as a simple curiosity or be something you really need. Perhaps you have planned a trip to a country where Albanian is the most widely spoken language, and you want to be able to shop and even bargain with a good knowledge of numbers in Albanian.

It's also useful for guiding you through street numbers. You'll be able to better understand the directions to places and everything expressed in numbers, such as the times when public transportation leaves. Can you think of more reasons to learn numbers in Albanian?

Albanian (shqip) is an Indo-European language, descendant of the Thraco-Illyrian branch. Divided into two major dialects (Gheg and Tosk), it is the official language of Albania and counts around 6 million speakers.

List of numbers in Albanian

Here is a list of numbers in Albanian. We have made for you a list with all the numbers in Albanian from 1 to 20. We have also included the tens up to the number 100, so that you know how to count up to 100 in Albanian. We also close the list by showing you what the number 1000 looks like in Albanian.

  • 1) një
  • 2) dy
  • 3) tre
  • 4) katër
  • 5) pesë
  • 6) gjashtë
  • 7) shtatë
  • 8) tetë
  • 9) nëntë
  • 10) dhjetë
  • 11) njëmbëdhjetë
  • 12) dymbëdhjete
  • 13) trembëdhjetë
  • 14) katërmbëdhjetë
  • 15) pesëmbëdhjetë
  • 16) gjashtëmbëdhjetë
  • 17) shtatëmbëdhjetë
  • 18) tetëmbëdhjetë
  • 19) nëntëmbëdhjetë
  • 20) njëzet
  • 30) tridhjetë
  • 40) dyzet
  • 50) pesëdhjetë
  • 60) gjashtëdhjetë
  • 70) shtatëdhjetë
  • 80) tetëdhjetë
  • 90) nëntëdhjetë
  • 100) njëqind
  • 1,000) një mijë
  • one million) një milion
  • one billion) një miliard
  • one trillion) një bilion

Numbers in Albanian: Albanian numbering rules

Each culture has specific peculiarities that are expressed in its language and its way of counting. The Albanian is no exception. If you want to learn numbers in Albanian you will have to learn a series of rules that we will explain below. If you apply these rules you will soon find that you will be able to count in Albanian with ease.

The way numbers are formed in Albanian is easy to understand if you follow the rules explained here. Surprise everyone by counting in Albanian. Also, learning how to number in Albanian yourself from these simple rules is very beneficial for your brain, as it forces it to work and stay in shape. Working with numbers and a foreign language like Albanian at the same time is one of the best ways to train our little gray cells, so let's see what rules you need to apply to number in Albanian

  • Digits from zero to nine are specific words, namely zero [0], një [1], dy [2], tre [3] (feminine: tri), katër [4], pesë [5], gjashtë [6], shtatë [7], tetë [8], and nëntë [9].
  • Ten is dhjetë [10]. From eleven to nineteen, the numbers are formed by agglutinating the digit to the morpheme sequence mbë + dhjetë (meaning onto ten) with no space: njëmbëdhjetë [11], dymbëdhjete [12], trembëdhjetë [13], katërmbëdhjetë [14], pesëmbëdhjetë [15], gjashtëmbëdhjetë [16], shtatëmbëdhjetë [17], tetëmbëdhjetë [18], and nëntëmbëdhjetë [19].
  • The tens are formed on the multiplier digit followed by the word ten, except for ten, twenty and forty: dhjetë [10], njëzetnti [20], tridhjetë [30] (dhjetë being feminine, the feminine form of three is used), dyzet [40], pesëdhjetë [50], gjashtëdhjetë [60], shtatëdhjetë [70], tetëdhjetë [80], and nëntëdhjetë [90]. Twenty and forty are formed on the old number name zet, not used anymore, meaning a score—trace of an old vigesimal system. Thus, njëzetnti [20] means one score (një + zet) and dyzet [40], two scores (dy + zet).
  • Compound numbers are formed by adding the coordinating conjunction e (and) between the ten and the unit (e.g.: njëzet e dy [22], pesëdhjetë e gjashtë [56]).
  • The hundreds are formed by putting together the multiplier digit and the hundred word (qind): njëqind [100], dyqind [200], treqind [300], katërqind [400]…
  • Hundreds and tens are linked with the coordinating conjunction e (e.g.: njëqind e një [101], gjashtëqind e trembëdhjetë [613]).
  • Thousands are formed by setting the multiplier digit, a space, and the word for thousand (mijë): një mijë [1,000], dy mijë [2,000], tre mijë [3,000]… Thousands, hundreds and tens are linked with the coordinating conjunction e (e.g.: tre mijë e dyqind [3,200], pesë mijë e katërqind e gjashtëdhjetë [5,460]), but thousands and units follow each other with no conjunction (e.g.: një mijë një [1,001]).
  • Albanian language uses the long scale for big numbers where every new word greater than a million is one million times bigger than the previous term. One million is një milion, një miliard is 109 (the US billion), and një bilion (1012) worths a thousand US billions, the next step, 1015, being një trilion (one quadrillion). Note that the word for million being feminine, the feminine form of three is needed in tri milion [three million].
  • Big scale numbers are linked with the same coordinating conjunction e (e.g.: një milion e katërqind e pesëdhjetë mijë [1,450,000], dy miliard e treqind milion e katërqind mijë [2,300,400,000]).
  • When used in a cardinal number, the words qind (hundred), mijë (thousand), milion (million), miliard (billion), etc. remain in their singular form. They do have a plural form, qind and mijë taking the suffix -ra, the others the suffix -a, used to indicate an imprecise quantity (e.g.: qindra [hundreds], mijëra [thousands], miliona [millions]).
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