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 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. 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 = ______________ Continue Reading How Do You Count in German from 21 to 100? Learn These Tricks for Counting From 0 to 1,000 in German Your Kids Will Love These German Nursery Rhymes How to Say the Months, Dates, Seasons, and Days in German How Do You Say the Date and Time in German? This Simple Nursery Rhyme Can Help You Learn German What Are Some Mistakes New German Speakers Make? Learn How to Ask a German Friend About Their Family What Words Relate to School or Education in German? A Lesson In German, All About Housing What Is the Longest German Word? Is There Action? Then There's Probably Accusative Practice Speaking German With 20 Tongue Twisters Take a Crack at This Guide to German Pronunciation for Beginners Common German Idioms, Sayings and Proverbs Can You Sing "Mack the Knife" in German?