Numbers in Swiss German

Learn numbers in Swiss German

Knowing numbers in Swiss German is probably one of the most useful things you can learn to say, write and understand in Swiss German. Learning to count in Swiss 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 Swiss 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 Swiss 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 Swiss German?

Swiss German (Schwyzerdütsch, Schwizertütsch, Schwizertitsch) is any of the Alemannic dialects spoken in Switzerland, in some Alpine communities in Northern Italy, as well as in Liechtenstein and Austrian Vorarlberg. It belongs to the Indo-European family, and more precisely to the Allemanic subgroup of Germanic. It counts about 6.5 million speakers.

List of numbers in Swiss German

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

  • 1) eis
  • 2) zwöi
  • 3) drü
  • 4) vier
  • 5) füf
  • 6) säch
  • 7) sibe
  • 8) acht
  • 9) nüün
  • 10) zäh
  • 11) euf
  • 12) zwöuf
  • 13) dryzäh
  • 14) vierzäh
  • 15) füfzäh
  • 16) sächzäh
  • 17) sibezäh
  • 18) achtzäh
  • 19) nüünzäh
  • 20) zwänzg
  • 30) dryssg
  • 40) vierzg
  • 50) füfzg
  • 60) sëchzg
  • 70) sibezg
  • 80) achzg
  • 90) nüünzg
  • 100) Hundert
  • 1,000) Tuusig
  • one million) en Million
  • one billion) e Milliarde
  • one trillion) en Billion

Numbers in Swiss German: Swiss German numbering rules

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

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

  • Digits and numbers from one to twelve are specific words: eis [1], zwöi [2], drü [3], vier [4], füf or föif (in Zürich) [5], säch [6], sibe [7], acht [8], nüün [9], zäh [10], euf [11], and zwöuf [12].
  • From thirteen to nineteen, the numbers are formed from the matching digits, adding the word for ten (zäh) at the end: dryzäh [13], vierzäh [14], füfzäh [15], sächzäh [16], sibezäh [17], achtzäh [18], and nüünzäh [19].
  • The tens are formed by adding the suffix -zg at the end of the digits, with the exception of ten: zäh [10], zwänzg [20], dryssg [30], vierzg [40], füfzg [50], sëchzg [60], sibezg [70], achzg [80], and nüünzg [90].
  • From twenty-one to ninety-nine, the tens and units are joined with the word e (and), but the unit is said before the ten (e.g.: füfedryssg [35], zwöiesibezg [72]). When compound, the digits one and seven change slightly (e.g.: einefüfzg [51], sibenenüünzg [97]).
  • Hundreds are formed starting with the multiplier digit before the word for hundred (Hundert), separated with a space, except for one hundred: Hundert [100], zwöi Hundert [200], drü Hundert [300], vier Hundert [400], füf Hundert [500], säch Hundert [600], sibe Hundert [700], acht Hundert [800], and nüün Hundert [900].
  • Thousands are formed starting with the multiplier digit before the word for thousand (Tuusig), separated with a space, except for one thousand: Tuusig [1,000], zwöi Tuusig [2,000], drü Tuusig [3,000], vier Tuusig [4,000], füf Tuusig [5,000], säch Tuusig [6,000], sibe Tuusig [7,000], acht Tuusig [8,000], and nüün Tuusig [9,000].
  • The Swiss German language uses the long scale for big numbers where the naming pattern of the scale words alternates between the -illion and -illiarde suffixes: en Million (106, one million), e Milliarde (109, one billion), en Billion (1012, one trillion).
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