# The Italian Numbers: A Guide for Beginners

## Italian Numbers 1 – 100

The first 19 numbers have to be learned by heart.

0 – **zero**

1 – **uno**

2 – **due**

3 – **tre**

4 – **quattro**

5- **cinque**

6 – **sei**

7 – **sette**

8 – **otto**

9 – **nove**

10 – **dieci**

11 – **undici**

12 – **dodici**

13 – **tredici**

14 – **quattordici**

15 – **quindici**

16 – **sedici**

17 – **diciassette**

18 – **diciotto**

19 – **diciannove**

20 – **venti**

## Numbers 20 – 100

## To learn the numbers from 20 to 99, it’s preferable to learn the tens first.

20 – **venti**

30 – **trenta**

40 – **quaranta**

50 – **cinquanta**

60 – **sessanta**

70 – **settanta**

80 – **ottanta**

90 – **novanta**

Once you’ve memorized these numbers, all you have to do now is match them to the numbers 1 through 9.

Examples:

21- **ventuno**

22 – **ventidue**

23 – **ventitré**

24 – **ventiquattro**

25 – **venticinque**

26 – **ventisei**

27 – **ventisette**

28 – **ventotto**

29 – **ventinove**

Now repeat the pattern through number 99. With a couple of exceptions, this is a fairly consistent pattern.

When using the numbers 1 (uno) and 8 (otto), the decimal numbers will drop the last vowel. The reason for this is to avoid using two vowel sounds at the same time.

So you’ll say:

**Vent-**uno, instead of *venti***–**uno (21)

**Vent**-otto, instead of venti-otto (28)

**The same pattern applies for all numbers with 1 and 8 through 99.**For example:

- 58 is
**cinquant**otto - 71 is
**settant**uno - 81 is
**ottant**uno - etc…

## Italian Numbers 100 – 999

Unlike English, we don’t say “One Hundred” in Italian; instead, we say “cento,” which means “hundred” by itself. “Cento” is an invariable word, so it’s always the same.

To express a multiple of “cento”, add numbers 1-9 before “cento”.

100 = **cento** (NOT un cento)

200 = **duecento**

300 = **trecento**

400 = **quattrocento**

500 = **cinquecento**

600 = **seicento**

700 = **settecento**

800 = **ottocento**

900 = **novecento**

**How to read the hundred in Italian:**

To read the hundreds in Italian, follow this pattern.

hundreds + decimals

for example:

112

**cento** + dodici = **cento**dodici

345

trec**ento** + quarantacinque = tre**cento**quarantacinque

450

quattro**cento + **cinquanta = quattro**cento**cinquanta

The pattern is the same through 999!

## Italian Numbers 1000 – 1 million

**“mille”**.

**“mila”**.

1000 = **mille** (**NOT** *un* *mila*)

2000 = due**mila**

3000 = tre**mila**

4000 = quattro**mila**

5000 = cinque**mila**

6000 = sei**mila**

7000 = sette**mila**

8000 = otto**mila**

9000 = nove**mila**

10000 = dieci**mila**

20000 = venti**mila**

70000 = settanta**mila**

100.000 = cento**mila**

**How to read the thousands in Italian**

To read the **thousands** in Italian you will follow this order

**thousand + hundred + decimals **

For example:

**1654 **

mille + seicento + cinquantaquattro

**5647**

cinque + mila + seicento + quarantasette

**10.220**

dieci + mila + duecento + venti

**600.410**

seicento + mila + quattrocento + dieci

The pattern is the same through 999999!

The word for million is **milione**

the word for billion is **miliardo**

**How to say “the years” in Italian**

*not*possible in Italian.

**mila**ventidue

**How to say a date in Italian**

Let’s use the day of the Unification of Italy, as an example:

**17 marzo 1861**(diciassette marzo milleottocentosessantuno)

Unlike English, where you have** month + number + year, t**he Italian pattern goes like this: **number + month + year .**

Another significant difference from English is the use of ordinal numbers rather than cardinal ones (17 and not 17th)

**Useful expressions with numbers**

**Una****decina**– a dozen**Centinaia di**– hundreds of**Migliaia di –**thousands of