Conversational Italian Numbers Tips!

Kathryn for learntravelitalian.com
Kathryn Occhipinti, MD, for Learn Travel Italian.com

For the last few weeks on the Conversational Italian! Facebook group, we have been discussing how to count in Italian. Most people are familiar with how to count from 1 to 10.

With a simple tip, even the larger Italian numbers are easy to master! The following blog post contains material from the “Numbers” sections at the ends of Chapters 1 and 2 in the Conversational Italian for Travelers textbook.

Here is how it works: When counting from 20 to 99 in Italian, simply take your tens number—venti, trenta, and so on, and add on your number from 1 to 9, as in English!

But remember this simple rule: “For ones and eights, take away a! This just means that the last letter of each tens word must be removed before adding on “uno” for “one” or “otto” for “eight.”

Flash cards that children use when learning addition or multiplication can be an entertaining way to practice numbers in a group. Each student can take turns picking a card, any card, out of the pile, and saying the number in Italian! Happy counting! Join us on our open Conversational Italian! Facebook group for more tips if you like!

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Counting from 1 to 10

zero (Note: The Italian word zero will change to the plural zeri when describing more than one of this number [i.e., 100 has two zeros, or due zeri].)

1 uno  2 due  3 tre  4 quattro  5 cinque
6 sei  7 sette  8 otto  9 nove  10 dieci

 

Counting by Tens

20

venti

30

trenta

40

quaranta

50

cinquanta

60

sessanta

70

settanta

80 ottanta
90

novanta

                             

Here are the 20s and 30s in full:

20 – venti 30 – trenta
21 – ventuno 31 – trentuno
22 – ventidue 32 – trentadue
23 – ventitre 33 – trentatre
24 – ventiquattro 34 – trentaquattro
25 – venticinque 35 – trentacinque
26 – ventisei 36 – trentasei
27 – ventisette 37 – trentasette
28 – ventotto 38 – trentotto
29 – ventinove 39 – trentanove

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