How To Count To 100 In Dutch

Once you’ve got all the basics down, learning how to count to 100 in Dutch is as easy as één, twee, drie!
January 15, 2019
How To Count To 100 In Dutch

Whether you’re ordering a large amount of stroopwafel or figuring out how many canals in Amsterdam you need to cross to get to your destination, knowing how to count to 100 in Dutch can come in handy. Numbers come up in a number of contexts, and it’s easy to gloss over them when you’re learning a new language. To help you get started, we created this guide to the Dutch numbers.

We could just spell out all of the numbers from zero to 100, but we didn’t! Why? Numbers are made of constituent parts, so it’s better to learn the parts and how they fit together rather than the whole. Thus, we’ll start by giving you zero through 20, then the rest of the tens, and then explain how it all fits together.

Learn To Count To 100 In Dutch!

Numbers 0 To 20

Like many languages, the tens in Dutch are a bit irregular. In Dutch, 11 is elf, 12 is twaalf, and it isn’t until the number 15 that they all fall into a logical pattern of adding -tien on the end. You’ll have to memorize at least up to 20 to have the numbers really make sense, though.

zero — nul

one — één

two — twee

three — drie

four — vier

five — vijf

six — zes

seven — zeven

eight — acht

nine — negen

ten — tien

eleven — elf

twelve — twaalf

thirteen — dertien

fourteen — veertien

fifteen — vijftien

sixteen — zestien

seventeen — zeventien

eighteen — achttien

nineteen — negentien

twenty — twintig

The Rest Of The Tens In Dutch

thirty — dertig

forty — veertig

fifty — vijftig

sixty — zestig

seventy — zeventig

eighty — tachtig

ninety — negentig

(one) hundred — honderd

Putting The Numbers Together

Dutch has a pretty straightforward system for naming numbers beyond 20. You simply have the single-digit term (1-10), then the Dutch word for “and” (en), and then the tens term. The number 24, for example, would be vierentwintig (which is essentially “four and twenty”). Once you get into the hundreds, you just add the hundreds place to the beginning, so 147 is honderdzevenenveertig.

The one slight adjustment in spelling that needs to be made is that if the singles place ends in a vowel (twee and drie), the word en gets a diaeresis: ën. So 82 would be tweeëntachtig, and 63 would be drieënzestig. Also, when one (één) is added on, it loses the accents, making twenty one just eenentwintig.

Once you’ve got these basics down, you’ll be able to count to 100 in Dutch! And if you want to keep going, you can start learning more elements of the Dutch language as well.

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Thomas Moore Devlin
Thomas grew up in suburban Massachusetts, and moved to New York City for college. He studied English literature and linguistics at New York University, but spent most of his time in college working for the student paper. Because of this, he has really hard opinions about AP Style. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and getting angry about things on Twitter. He's spent a lot of time trying to learn Spanish, and has learned a little German.
Thomas grew up in suburban Massachusetts, and moved to New York City for college. He studied English literature and linguistics at New York University, but spent most of his time in college working for the student paper. Because of this, he has really hard opinions about AP Style. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and getting angry about things on Twitter. He's spent a lot of time trying to learn Spanish, and has learned a little German.

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