# How to Count in Italian

Counting in Italian is fun and relatively easy. You can say most of the numbers you encounter in daily life by learning the following:

- the numbers 1 to 19
- how to count by tens up to 100
- the words for thousand and million

Let's learn how to count to 10 first.

number | translation |
---|---|

1 | uno |

2 | due |

3 | tre |

4 | quattro |

5 | cinque |

6 | sei |

7 | sette |

8 | otto |

9 | nove |

10 | dieci |

The numbers 11 through 19 are irregular and must be memorized.

number | translation |
---|---|

11 | undici |

12 | dodici |

13 | tredici |

14 | quattordici |

15 | quindici |

16 | sedici |

17 | diciassette |

18 | diciotto |

19 | diciannove |

Now, let's count by tens up to 100:

number | translation |
---|---|

10 | dieci |

20 | venti |

30 | trenta |

40 | quaranta |

50 | cinquanta |

60 | sessanta |

70 | settanta |

80 | ottanta |

90 | novanta |

## Counting from 20 to 99

For the numbers 20 through 99, take the number in the tens place (*venti*,*trenta*, *quaranta*, etc) and append a number 1 through 9 (*uno* through *nove*). 99 is *novantanove*.
34 is *trentaquattro*.

### Exceptions to the Pattern

If the number ends in 1 or 8, drop the final vowel from the tens
number. Thus, *trenta* + *otto* results in trentotto
(38)
.

When numbers end in 3, *tre* becomes *tré*.

number | translation |
---|---|

21 | ventuno |

22 | ventidue |

23 | ventitré |

24 | ventiquattro |

55 | cinquantacinque |

66 | sessantasei |

88 | ottantotto |

89 | ottantanove |

## Counting 100 - 999

For 200, 300, 400, you add 2, 3, 4, and so forth to *cento*. (You do not add *uno* before *cento* if the number is 100.) Thus, 200 is *duecento*, 300 is *
trecento*, and 400 is *quattrocento*. You add the number 1 through 99 to the hundreds value to get the other combinations of numbers:

number | translation |
---|---|

147 | centoquarantasette |

888 | ottocentottantotto |

**IMPORTANT!** When *cento* is followed by *otto* or *ottanta*, you drop the *o* from *cento*.

## Counting 1000 - 9999

*Mille* is 1000 and changes to *mila* in 2000 (*duemila*), 3000 (*tremila*), 4000 (*quattromila*), and so forth.

Numbers are chained together like this:

number | translation |
---|---|

1048 | millequarantotto |

2194 | duemilacentonovantaquattro |

8888 | ottomilaottocentottantotto |

## More Numbers in Italian

number | translation |
---|---|

100,000 | centomila |

1,000,000 | un milione |

5,800,000 | cinque milioni ottocentomila |

1,00,000,000 | un miliardo |

Now that you know the rules, are you ready to count in Italian?

Try this quiz designed to test your translation prowess with numbers 1 through 9999.