Languages › German German Numbers and Counting From 0 to 20 Share Flipboard Email Print Hero Images / Getty Images German Vocabulary History & Culture Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar By Hyde Flippo German Expert Hyde Flippo taught the German language for 28 years at high school and college levels and published several books on the German language and culture. our editorial process Hyde Flippo Updated March 22, 2019 Learning numbers or counting in German is not difficult, 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 these 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? Die Zahlen 0 to 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 avoidconfusion with drei Die Zahlen 11 to 20 11 elf 16 sechzehn 12 zwölf 17 siebzehn 13 dreizehn 18 achtzehn 14 vierzehn 19 neunzehn 15 fünfzehn 20 zwanzig 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 = _________________ 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 = ______________ German Numbers and Counting: 21-100 Counting and Calculating in German from 0 to the Trillions Kinderreime - Nursery Rhymes in German and English How to Tell Time in German Date and Time Vocabulary in German Learn the Months, Seasons, Days, and Dates in German Practice Your German With These 20 Tongue Twisters (Zungenbrecher) German Verbs with Prepositions 1 - German Lesson Top German Mistakes Made by Beginners How The Nursery Rhyme 'Eins, Zwei, Polizei' Can Help You Learn German German Reading Lesson - Im Kaufhaus - Department Store Capitalization in German German for Beginners: Pronunciation and Alphabet How to Use German Personal Pronouns "Mack the Knife" Lyrics in German What Is the Longest German Word?