German Numbers and Counting 21-100

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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  zwanzig70  siebzig
30  dreißig80  achtzig
40  vierzig90  neunzig
50  fünfzig100  hundert *
60  sechzigor 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  einundzwanzig26  sechsundzwanzig
22  zweiundzwanzig27  siebenundzwanzig
23  dreiundzwanzig28  achtundzwanzig
24  vierundzwanzig29  neunundzwanzig
25  fünfundzwanzig30  dreißig


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

Die Zahlen 31-40

31  einunddreißig36  sechsunddreißig
32  zweiunddreißig37  siebenunddreißig
33  dreiunddreißig38  achtunddreißig
34  vierunddreißig39  neununddreißig
35  fünfunddreißig40  vierzig


Die Zahlen 41-100 (selected numbers)

41  einundvierzig86  sechsundachtzig
42  zweiundvierzig87  siebenundachtzig
53  dreiundfünfzig98  achtundneunzig
64  vierundsechzig99  neunundneunzig
75  fünfundsiebzig100  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).

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