How To Count To 100 In Russian

Counting in Russian isn’t all that hard. Plus, it’s pretty much the only way to defend yourself against the wrong amount of vodka shots.
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How To Count To 100 In Russian
You’ve successfully navigated the “hello, how are you?” part of your interaction without offending the bartender. Now comes the moment of truth: can you ask for the correct number of drinks? Counting in Russian is not only a skill you should learn to count triple axels during figure skating competitions — it’s also one of your best allies against bartenders who don’t know how low your tolerance is at the moment.

Here’s a quick primer on how to name and pronounce any number ranging from zero to 100 in Russian.

Counting From Zero To Twenty In Russian

Zero — ноль

One — один

Two — два

Three — три

Four — четыре

Five — пять

Six — шесть

Seven — семь

Eight — восемь

Nine — девять

Ten — десять

Eleven — одиннадцать

Twelve — двенадцать

Thirteen — тринадцать

Fourteen — четырнадцать

Fifteen — пятнадцать

Sixteen — шестнадцать

Seventeen — семнадцать

Eighteen — восемнадцать

Nineteen — девятнадцать

Twenty — двадцать

The Rest Of The Tens

Thirty — тридцать

Forty — сорок

Fifty — пятьдесят

Sixty — шестьдесят

Seventy — семьдесят

Eighty — восемьдесят

Ninety — девяносто

One Hundred — сто

Putting It All Together

There are a couple of rules and exceptions to keep in mind before you begin mixing and matching these vocabulary terms.

The number 1 is special because один functions like an adjective, matching the gender of the noun it refers to. Therefore, it can be written as один (neuter), одна (feminine) or одно (masculine).

There is also a feminine form for 2. When talking about two women, you say две.

As you’ve probably already observed, the numbers 11 through 19 are formed by adding “надцать” to the numeral terms. However, in the case of 12, два changes to две. And when forming the number 14, the e at the end of четырe is dropped. When forming the numbers 15 through 19, the soft sign ь at the end of the numbers 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 is dropped.

Once you’ve memorized these rules, as well as the vocabulary terms for the rest of the multiples of 10, forming two-digit numbers is fairly straightforward. Simply combine the multiple of ten with the numeral, and express it as two words. So “twenty-one” would be двадцать один, and “forty-six” would be сорок шесть.

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