# German Numbers and Counting 21-100

### Die Zahlen und zählen (21-100)

In our previous lesson, we introduced you to the German numbers from 0 to 20. Now it's time to expand to "higher" math — from 21 (einundzwanzig) to 100 (hundert). Once you have a grasp of the twenties, the rest of the numbers up to 100 and beyond are similar and easy to learn. You'll also be using many of the numbers you learned from zero (null) to 20.

For the German numbers above 20, think of the English nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence" and the line "four and twenty blackbirds" ("baked in a pie").

In German, you say one-and-twenty (einundzwanzig) rather than twenty-one. All of the numbers over 20 work the same way: zweiundzwanzig (22),einundreißig (31), dreiundvierzig (43), etc. No matter how long they may be, German numbers are written as one word.

For numbers above (ein)hundert, the pattern just repeats itself. The number 125 ishundertfünfundzwanzig. To say 215 in German, you simply put zwei in front of hundert to make zweihundertfünfzehn. Three hundred is dreihundert and so on.

### Wie Viel? / Wie Viele?

To ask "how much" you say wie viel. To ask "how many" you say wie viele. For example, a simple math problem would be: Wie viel ist drei und vier? (How much is three and four?). To ask "how many cars" you would say: Wie viele Autos?, as in Wie viele Autos hat Karl? (How many cars does Karl have?).

After you go over the number charts below...   If you hear a number above 20 in German, can you write it down?

Can you do simple math in German?

Die Zahlen 20-100 (by tens)

 20  zwanzig 70  siebzig 30  dreißig 80  achtzig 40  vierzig 90  neunzig 50  fünfzig 100  hundert * 60  sechzig * or einhundert

Note: The number sechzig (60) drops the s in sechs. The number siebzig (70) drops the en insieben. The number dreißig (30) is the only one of the tens that doesn't end with -zig.

(dreißigdreissig)

Die Zahlen 21-30

 21  einundzwanzig 26  sechsundzwanzig 22  zweiundzwanzig 27  siebenundzwanzig 23  dreiundzwanzig 28  achtundzwanzig 24  vierundzwanzig 29  neunundzwanzig 25  fünfundzwanzig 30  dreißig

Note: The number dreißig (30) is the only one of the tens that doesn't end with -zig.

Die Zahlen 31-40

 31  einunddreißig 36  sechsunddreißig 32  zweiunddreißig 37  siebenunddreißig 33  dreiunddreißig 38  achtunddreißig 34  vierunddreißig 39  neununddreißig 35  fünfunddreißig 40  vierzig

Die Zahlen 41-100 (selected numbers)

 41  einundvierzig 86  sechsundachtzig 42  zweiundvierzig 87  siebenundachtzig 53  dreiundfünfzig 98  achtundneunzig 64  vierundsechzig 99  neunundneunzig 75  fünfundsiebzig 100  hundert

### Answer to the Number Question

The numbers on this German ICE train are similar to those found on most European trains. The large 2 indicates this is a second class car (rather than first class). The cigarette symbol also indicates it is a Nichtraucherwagen (a no-smoking car). The smaller numbers (11-68) are the seat numbers, important if you have reserved seats (a good idea during the crowded summer travel season). By the way, the pointy-topped building in the background is the Messeturm or Trade Fair Tower - now Frankfurt's second tallest skyscraper (Wolkenkratzer).