Italian Numbers Made Easy – Count to 1000 and Beyond in Italian

From zero to cento, mille and beyond, let’s see how fast can you master the Italian numbers. It’s easier than you think!

Italian Numbers Made Easy – Count to 1000 and Beyond in Italian

Lucky for us, language learners, most languages use Arabic numerals (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) in writing. The challenging parts are pronunciation and spelling. But when it comes to Italian, you shouldn’t worry. Italian numbers are easy to remember and pronounce because they follow a simple and predictable pattern. Once you know the Italian numbers to 10, counting to 100 and even 1000 is easy.

There’s hardly a day that passes without using numbers. They’re essential to our day-to-day lives. From shopping to giving people your phone number and setting up a meeting at a certain time, numbers are probably one of the first lessons you should take in any language. So let’s see how easy it is to count from zero to cento in Italiano.

Count to 10 in Italian

To master the Italian numbers quickly, it’s essential to first learn how to count to 10. The numbers from 1 to 10 are important for two reasons: you will probably use them the most and they lay the foundations for any Italian number you can think of.

Here’s how to write and pronounce the Italian numbers 1-10:

1 – uno (oo-noh)

2 – due (doo-eh)

3 – tre (treh)

4 – quattro (kwah-troh)

5 – cinque (chin-kweh)

6 – sei (say)

7 – sette (seh-teh)

8 – otto (oh-toh)

9 – nove (noh-veh)

10 – dieci (dee-eh-cheh)

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about 0. Zero is especially useful when exchanging phone numbers in Italian. “Zero” is zero in Italian and the “z” is pronounced “ds” or “ts” – dsee-roh.

Not sure you understood how to pronounce the Italian numbers to 10? Here’s a short video with crystal-clear audios recorded by an Italian native so you can learn from the best:

Good to know: Italian cardinal numbers don’t change suffixes according to the gender of the noun they determine. The only exception is 1 (uno). Thus, when you talk about a feminine noun, you’ll say una instead of uno: Ho comprato una casa (“I bought a house.”)

Italian numbers 11-20

Imagine this: you are on the famous Amalfi Coast. The weather is perfect. And let’s say you want to buy 12 slices of the yummiest Italian pizza you’ve ever seen: two slices for you and each one of your friends. The problem is you only have 10 fingers to sign to the lady at the counter. Wouldn’t it be easier if you knew some Italian expressions?

Now back to numbers: once you get to 20, Italian numbers are easy to build with what you already know and remember. However, the numbers from 11 to 19 are a bit irregular, so you’ll have to remember them by heart.

Here’s how to count to 20 in Italian:

11 – undici (oon-dee-chee)

12 – dodici (doh-dee-chee)

13 – tredici (treh-dee-chee)

14 – quattordici (kwah-tor-dee-chee)

15 – quindici (kween-dee-chee)

16 – sedici (seh-dee-chee)

17 – diciassette (dee-cha-set-teh)

18 – diciotto (dee-chee-otoh)

19 – diciannove (dee-chahn-noh-veh)

20 – venti (ven-tee)

As you can see, for 11 to 16, Italian numbers are formed following the pattern number + 10 (dieci). From 17 to 19, the order reverses: 10 (dieci) is followed by the number.

Let’s see some examples:

  • to say “16 days”, you’ll say sedici giorni
  • to say “18 years”, you’ll say diciotto anni
  • to say “20 children”, you’ll say venti bambini

Italian numbers to 30 and beyond

Essentially, Italian numbers are very similar to English numbers. Once you get to 20, you just put together the tens with the single numbers (units). The best part is that Italian doesn’t even require spaces or hyphens. For example, if you want to say 22 (“twenty-two”), in Italian you say venti (20) + due (2) = ventidue (22).

Let’s recap what you’ve learned so far and see how to count to 30 in Italian:

italian numbers
Italian numbers to 30

See how easy Italian numbers are? The only thing you have to remember is that the final vowel of the tens disappears when you add 1 (uno) or 8 (otto). Thus, you’ll say ventuno and not “ventiuno”. Additionally, number 3 (tre) gains an accent mark on the final vowel. For example, 33 will be trentatré and 83 will be ottantatré.

Count tens in Italian

Except for 10 (dieci) and 20 (venti), all tens digits in Italian are based on their roots. Once you know all of them, you’ll know how to count to 100 – which is cento – in Italian.

10 – dieci (dee-eh-cheh)

20 – venti (ven-tee)

30 – trenta (tren-tah)

40 – quaranta (kwah-rahn-tah)

50 – cinquanta (cheen-kwanh-tha)

60 – sessanta (ses-sahn-tah)

70 – settanta (set-tahn-ta)

80 – ottanta (oht-tahn-ta)

90 – novanta (noh-vahn-tah)

100 – cento (chen-toh)

Let’s see some more examples to make sure you understood how Italian numbers work:

  • 43 – quarantatré
  • 55 – cinquantacinque
  • 62 – sessantadue
  • 79 – settantanove
  • 84 – ottantaquattro
  • 98 – novantotto

Italian numbers 100 to 1000 and beyond

The same rules apply to bigger numbers as well. Add the suffix cento to the multiplier digit and here are your hundreds:

100 – cento

200 – duecento

300 – trecento

400 – quattrocento

500 – cinquecento

600 – seicento

700 – settecento

800 – ottocento

900 – novecento

1000 – mille

And now you also understood where grazie mille comes from. Literally meaning “a thousand thanks” or “a thousand thanks yous”, grazie mille means “thank you very much” in Italian.

italian numbers pronunciation
“The Amalfi Coast” by Gregory Smirnov©

Back to counting, from 100 and beyond, the bigger the number is, the longer its written form. Italian doesn’t isolate hundreds, tens and ones. They become one long word with no hyphens or spaces. For example:

  • 204 – duecentoquattro
  • 323 – trecentoventitrè
  • 747settecentoquarantasette
  • 999 – novecentonovantanove

If you want to go even further, thousands are formed by adding mille to the digit multiplier. The only difference is that while hundreds use cento every time, thousands use the plural mila.

1000 – mille

2000 – duemila

3000 – tremila

4000 – quattromila

5000 – cinquemila

6000 – seimila

7000 – settemila

8000 – ottomila

9000 – novemila

10,000 – diecimila

For example, to say 2345 in Italian, you say duemilatrecentoquarantacinque. At this point the written numbers become really big and could easily compete in the “longest word in the world” race.

Nevertheless, to talk about the bank accounts of some of the richest people in the world in Italian, you’ll need even bigger numbers:

  • million in Italian is milione
  • billion in Italian is miliardo
  • trillion in Italian is bilione

And there you have it! Now you can call yourself an esperto (“expert”) in Italian numbers. Ciao!


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