German Numbers and Counting From 0-20

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The numbers and counting in German are not difficult to learn, 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 our 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 0-10

zwei *acht
vier10 zehn
fünf* Often zwo is used to avoid
confusion with drei

Die Zahlen 11-20

11 elf16 sechzehn
12 zwölf17 siebzehn
13 dreizehn18 achtzehn
14 vierzehn19 neunzehn
15 fünfzehn20 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 for Beginners - Contents

German Numbers
A detailed table of the numbers in German - ordinal, cardinal, fractions, dates, etc.