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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:

  1. the numbers 1 to 19
  2. how to count by tens up to 100
  3. 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.

Creating Accented Characters

Mac:
The easiest way to make the accent in tré is to enable the Extended US Keyboard. Hold down the e key and select 2 from the menu that pops up.

Windows:
Use the Windows ALT Code (ALT+0233).