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German for Beginners
Lesson 7

German Numbers and Counting (1)

Die Zahlen und zählen (0-20)

German Numbers: 0-20 > 21-100 > 101 and above

The numbers and counting in German are not difficult to learn, but... true mastery of numbers, in any language, takes time. It is fairly easy to learn to rattle off the numbers - "eins, zwei, drei..." and so forth. However, most of the time numbers are used in more practical ways: in telephone numbers, in math problems, in prices, for addresses, etc. Also, because you have already internalized the numbers in English or another first language, there can be the same kind of interference that happens with other vocabulary.

So, do learn to say the numbers, but also try our exercises to see if you really know how to deal with them. If someone tells you a phone number in German, can you write it down? Can you do simple addition or subtraction in German? - After you've learned the basic numbers from 0-20 (below and on our more detailed German Numbers page), do the exercises below to check your mastery.

AUDIO Hören Sie zu! Hear the numbers in German! (below)

Die Zahlen 0-10

0 null 6 sechs
1 eins 7 sieben
2 zwei * 8 acht
3 drei 9 neun
4 vier 10 zehn
5 fünf * Often zwo is used to avoid
confusion with drei.

Hören Sie zu! LISTEN TO THE NUMBERS 0-10 in German! RealAudio.

Hören Sie zu! ALL Listening Exercises for Numbers

Die Zahlen 11-20

11 elf 16 sechzehn
12 zwölf 17 siebzehn
13 dreizehn 18 achtzehn
14 vierzehn 19 neunzehn
15 fünfzehn 20 zwanzig

Hören Sie zu! LISTEN TO THE NUMBERS 11-20 in German! RealAudio.

Hören Sie zu! ALL Listening Exercises for Numbers

Übung 7A (Exercise 7A)

Mathe - Write out the answer to the following math problems in German.
Note: + in German is "plus" (PLOOHS); - is "minus" (MEEN-OOS).

1. zwei + fünf = ________________

2. zwölf - zwei = ________________

3. drei + neun = _________________

4. vier - vier = _________________

5. eins + sechs = _________________

6. dreizehn - zwei = _________________

7. sieben + elf = _________________

Answer Key for this exercise (7A).

Übung 7B (Exercise 7B)

Diktat (Dictation) - Write out the following phone numbers as numerals. Example: null, vier; zwölf, vierzehn, zwanzig = 04 12 14 20 (German phone numbers are often printed/written in groups of two-number pairs.)

1. null, zwo; zwölf, elf, zwanzig = ______________

2. neunzehn; null, fünf; sechzehn, = ______________

3. null, acht; zwölf, elf, zwanzig = ______________

4. null, drei; vier, sieben; achtzehn, zwanzig = ______________

5. dreizehn, zwölf, zehn, vierzehn = ______________

Answer Key for this exercise (7B).

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