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German for Beginners
Lesson 8

German Numbers and Counting (2)

Die Zahlen und zählen (21-100)

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

In our previous lesson, we introduced you to the German numbers from 0 to 20. Now it's time to expand to "higher" math — from 21 (einundzwanzig) to 100 (hundert). Once you have a grasp of the twenties, the rest of the numbers up to 100 and beyond are similar and easy to learn. You'll also be using many of the numbers you learned from zero (null) to 20.


Numbers are everywhere!
The author and his camera
are seen reflected in the
window of a German ICE
high-speed train in the
Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof.
Do you know what the
numbers on the right mean?

Foto © Hyde Flippo

For the German numbers above 20, think of the English nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence" and the line "four and twenty blackbirds" ("baked in a pie"). In German you say one-and-twenty (einundzwanzig) rather than twenty-one. All of the numbers over 20 work the same way: zweiundzwanzig (22), einundreißig (31), dreiundvierzig (43), etc. No matter how long they may be, German numbers are written as one word.

For numbers above (ein)hundert, the pattern just repeats itself. The number 125 is hundertfünfundzwanzig. To say 215 in German, you simply put zwei in front of hundert to make zweihundertfünfzehn. Three hundred is dreihundert and so on. (For more about the numbers above 100, see our German Numbers page.)

Wie viel? / Wie viele?
To ask "how much" you say wie viel. To ask "how many" you say wie viele. For example, a simple math problem would be: Wie viel ist drei und vier? (How much is three and four?). To ask "how many cars" you would say: Wie viele Autos?, as in Wie viele Autos hat Karl? (How many cars does Karl have?).

After you go over the number charts below...   If you hear a number above 20 in German, can you write it down? Can you do simple math in German? — After you've learned the numbers from 21-100, try the related number exercises to check your mastery. You may particularly enjoy our special Foto-Übung for the numbers!

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


Die Zahlen 20-100 (by tens)

20  zwanzig 70  siebzig
30  dreißig 80  achtzig
40  vierzig 90  neunzig
50  fünfzig 100  hundert *
60  sechzig * or einhundert

Note: The number sechzig (60) drops the s in sechs. The number siebzig (70) drops the en in sieben. The number dreißig (30) is the only one of the tens that doesn't end with -zig. (dreißig = dreissig)

AUDIO Listen to the numbers above. RealAudio.

AUDIO ALL Listening Exercises for Numbers


Die Zahlen 21-30

21  einundzwanzig 26  sechsundzwanzig
22  zweiundzwanzig 27  siebenundzwanzig
23  dreiundzwanzig 28  achtundzwanzig
24  vierundzwanzig 29  neunundzwanzig
25  fünfundzwanzig 30  dreißig

Note: The number dreißig (30) is the only one of the tens that doesn't end with -zig.

AUDIO Hören Sie zu! The numbers 21-30 in German! RealAudio.

AUDIO All Listening Exercises for the Numbers


Die Zahlen 31-40

31  einunddreißig 36  sechsunddreißig
32  zweiunddreißig 37  siebenunddreißig
33  dreiunddreißig 38  achtunddreißig
34  vierunddreißig 39  neununddreißig
35  fünfunddreißig 40  vierzig

EXERCISES > Practice Your Numbers for this lesson

AUDIO Hören Sie zu! Numbers 31-40 in German! RealAudio.

AUDIO All Listening Exercises for the Numbers


Die Zahlen 41-100 (selected numbers)

41  einundvierzig 86  sechsundachtzig
42  zweiundvierzig 87  siebenundachtzig
53  dreiundfünfzig 98  achtundneunzig
64  vierundsechzig 99  neunundneunzig
75  fünfundsiebzig 100  hundert

NEXT > Exercises for this Lesson - Practice!

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


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Answer to the Number Question (PHOTO above)
The numbers on this German ICE train are similar to those found on most European trains. The large 2 indicates this is a second class car (rather than first class). The cigarette symbol also indicates it is a Nichtraucherwagen (a no-smoking car). The smaller numbers (11-68) are the seat numbers, important if you have reserved seats (a good idea during the crowded summer travel season). By the way, the pointy-topped building in the background is the Messeturm or Trade Fair Tower - now Frankfurt's second tallest skyscraper (Wolkenkratzer).


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