Numbers in German

Learn numbers in German

Knowing numbers in German is probably one of the most useful things you can learn to say, write and understand in German. Learning to count in German 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 German is the most widely spoken language, and you want to be able to shop and even bargain with a good knowledge of numbers in German.

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 German?

West Germanic language of the Indo-European family, German (Deutsch) is the official language of Germany, Austria, Switzerland (alongside with French, Italian and Romansh), Luxembourg (with Luxembourgish and French) and Liechtenstein. It counts 100 million speakers.

List of numbers in German

Here is a list of numbers in German. We have made for you a list with all the numbers in German 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 German. We also close the list by showing you what the number 1000 looks like in German.

  • 1) eins
  • 2) zwei
  • 3) drei
  • 4) vier
  • 5) fünf
  • 6) sechs
  • 7) sieben
  • 8) acht
  • 9) neun
  • 10) zehn
  • 11) elf
  • 12) zwölf
  • 13) dreizehn
  • 14) vierzehn
  • 15) fünfzehn
  • 16) sechzehn
  • 17) siebzehn
  • 18) achtzehn
  • 19) neunzehn
  • 20) zwanzig
  • 30) dreißig
  • 40) vierzig
  • 50) fünfzig
  • 60) sechzig
  • 70) siebzig
  • 80) achtzig
  • 90) neunzig
  • 100) hundert
  • 1,000) tausend
  • one million) eine Million
  • one billion) eine Milliarde
  • one trillion) eine Billion

Numbers in German: German numbering rules

Each culture has specific peculiarities that are expressed in its language and its way of counting. The German is no exception. If you want to learn numbers in German 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 German with ease.

The way numbers are formed in German is easy to understand if you follow the rules explained here. Surprise everyone by counting in German. Also, learning how to number in German 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 German 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 German

  • Digits and numbers from zero to twelve are specific words: null [0], eins [1], zwei [2], drei [3], vier [4], fünf [5], sechs [6], sieben [7], acht [8], neun [9], zehn [10], elf [11], and zwölf [12].
  • From thirteen to nineteen, the numbers are formed from the matching unit digits, adding the word for ten (zehn) at the end: dreizehn [13], vierzehn [14], fünfzehn [15], sechzehn [16], siebzehn (and not siebenzehn) [17], achtzehn [18], and neunzehn [19].
  • The tens are formed by adding the suffix -zig at the end of the multiplier digit, with the exception of ten, twenty and seventy, still irregular, as well as thirty: zehn [10], zwanzig [20], dreißig [30] (-zig becomes -ßig), vierzig [40], fünfzig [50], sechzig [60], siebzig [70], achtzig [80], and neunzig [90].
  • From twenty-one to ninety-nine, the tens and units are joined with the und (and) word, but the unit is said before the ten (e.g.: einunddreißig [31], fünfunddreißig [35]).
  • Hundred (hundert) and thousand (tausend) are not separated from the other numbers by a space (e.g.: hunderteinundzwanzig [121], tausendzweihundertneunzehn [1,219]).
  • When expressing a year, the numbers from 1,100 to 1,999 are said in tens of hundreds. For instance, the year 1985 is neunzehnhundertfünfundachtzig.
  • The unit eins (one) loses its final -s when composed in a number, unless it is the only value after a scale name (e.g.: hunderteins [101], tausendeins [1,001]).
  • The German language uses the long scale for big numbers where the naming pattern of the scale words alternates between the -illion and -illiarde suffixes: Million (106, million), Milliarde (109, billion), Billion (1012, trillion), Billiarde (1015, quadrillion), Trillion (1018, quintillion), Trilliarde (1021, sextillion)…
  • Learn the most useful words and phrases first so you can start speaking German fast with MOSALingua
  • Numbers in different languages