Numbers in Italian are called numeri. There are a few rules related to numbers. We are going to explain and practice with some examples and the final quiz. Listen to the audio files and get used to sounds and pronunciation of Italian numbers.
In Italian, the old saying dare i numeri, literally, “giving the numbers” means to go crazy. Stai dando i numeri? Are you nuts? Of course there’s nothing as rational as numbers to measure and weigh the reality of things. We are going to study the numeri cardinali, Italian numbers (uno due tre ect…) and study other types of numbers like numeri ordinali in other posts. Listen to the audio files and repeat. Let’s get started, cominciamo!
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Da zero a nove – zero to nine
- 0 – zero
- 1 – uno
- 2 – due
- 3 – tre
- 4 – quattro
Da dieci a diciannove – ten to nineteen
- 10 – dieci
- 11 – undici
- 12 – dodici
- 13 – tredici
- 14 – quattordici
Da venti a ventinove – twenty to twenty-nine
- 20 – venti
- 21 – ventuno
- 22 – ventidue
- 23 – ventitré
- 24 – ventiquattro
Multipli di dieci – Multiples of ten
- 20 – venti
- 30 – trenta
- 40 – quaranta
- 50 – cinquanta
So we have venti, trenta, and then quaranta, cinquanta …anta. When someone turns 40, you can joke saying welcome to the “anta”, benvenuto negli “anta”. Please note that 1 and 8 combined with multiples of ten, eat the vowel before —> ventuno, ventotto; trentuno, trentotto; quarantuno, quarantotto; cinquantuno, cinquantotto and so on (and not ventiuno, ventiotto; trentauno, trentaotto etc)
Try to say the following numbers in Italian: 31, 43, 34, 57, 98, 51, 64, 72, 38, 99.
Da cento in poi – Over a hundred
- 100 – cento
- 200 – duecento
- 500 – cinquecento
- 1000 – mille
- 2000 – duemila
Mille is singular, all its multiples are “–mila”. Watch out, one billion in Italian is un miliardo. In this case, the English billion is an exception. In other languages the equivalent translation of miliardo is common. You now have the tools to start composing all the numbers you want. Let’s start with a simple question. How old are you?
- Quanti anni hai? Ho — anni.
As opposed to English, Italians don’t say Io sono — anni but Io ho — anni using the verb avere and not essere.
Ok, now that you can say your age, you can start practising and build more complex numbers. Listen to the audio file, write down the 10 numbers and check your score.
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We hope this audio lesson about numbers was useful. Please solve the quiz for some more questions about the topic of today