How To Count To 100 In Italian

Counting in Italian is an important skill to master when learning the language.
Counting in Italian represented by a vintage car in a piazza with visible license plate numbers

When you’re learning a new language, your focus should first be on mastering the words and phrases that you’re most likely to use in real life. A crucial bit of knowledge that sometimes gets forgotten is numbers, which can mean the difference between ordering two scoops of gelato and ordering twenty scoops (not that we’d judge either way). Let’s take a look at the basics of how counting in Italian works and the most important numbers for you to know.

Counting From Zero To Twenty In Italian

Counting in Italian is relatively straightforward and works in a similar way to Spanish or English counting. Here are the numbers from zero to twenty — press the play button to hear how they’re pronounced.

zerozero
oneuno
twodue
threetre
fourquattro
fivecinque
sixsei
sevensette
eightotto
ninenove
tendieci
elevenundici
twelvedodici
thirteentredici
fourteenquattordici
fifteenquindici
sixteensedici
seventeendiciassette
eighteendiciotto
nineteendiciannove
twentyventi

The Rest Of The Tens

Now, let’s move on to the remaining foundational numbers, from which we can build every number between 21 and 100.

thirtytrenta
fortyquaranta
fiftycinquanta
sixtysessanta
seventysettanta
eightyottanta
ninetynovanta
hundredcento

Putting It All Together

The numbers in between the “tens” listed above are very simple to construct. Just like in English or Spanish, you just affix the digit between one and nine to the end of the tens number. For example, thirty-six in Italian is trentasei, which is just a combination of trenta (“thirty”) and sei (“six”). There’s no “and” or dash or space in between — just combine the numbers. That’s all there is to it! And the numbers continue like this all the way up to one hundred. Facile! (That means “easy!”)

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