Learn to Count in Italian

Pages of First pages, illustrated childrens book, Mondadori, Milan, 1940s, Italy, 20th century
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You might find cardinal (counting) numbers the most useful to know—you will need them to express time, record dates, do math, interpret recipe amounts, and, of course, count. In Italian, cardinal numbers are written as one word. Use the following table to memorize numbers from 1 to 100.

ITALIAN CARDINAL NUMBERS: 1-100
1 uno OO-noh
2 due DOO-eh
3 tre TREH
4 quattro KWAHT-troh
5 cinque CHEEN-kweh
6 sei SEH-ee
7 sette SET-teh
8 otto OHT-toh
9 nove NOH-veh
10 dieci dee-EH-chee
11 undici OON-dee-chee
12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
13 tredici TREH-dee-chee
14 quattordici kwaht-TOR-dee-chee
15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
16 sedici SEH-dee-chee
17 diciassette dee-chahs-SET-teh
18 diciotto dee-CHOHT-toh
19 diciannove dee-chahn-NOH-veh
20 venti VEN-tee
21 ventuno ven-TOO-noh
22 ventidue ven-tee-DOO-eh
23 ventitré ven-tee-TREH
24 ventiquattro ven-tee-KWAHT-troh
25 venticinque ven-tee-CHEEN-kweh
26 ventisei ven-tee-SEH-ee
27 ventisette ven-tee-SET-teh
28 ventotto ven-TOHT-toh
29 ventinove ven-tee-NOH-veh
30 trenta TREN-tah
40 quaranta kwah-RAHN-tah
50 cinquanta cheen-KWAHN-tah
60 sessanta ses-SAHN-tah
70 settanta set-TAHN-ta
80 ottanta oht-TAHN-ta
90 novanta noh-VAHN-tah
100 cento CHEN-toh


The numbers ventitrentaquarantacinquanta, and so on drop the final vowel when combined with uno and ottoTre is written without an accent, but ventitrétrentatré, and so on are written with an accent.

Beyond 100

Do you remember those good old days before the euro's arrival in Italy when you would pay a few thousand lire for admission to a museum or a cappuccino and biscotti? Tourists needed more than just the numbers up to 100 to get around. Lire are history, but learning numbers greater than 100 might still prove useful. Though they might seem unwieldy, after a bit of practice you'll be rolling them off your tongue like a pro.

ITALIAN CARDINAL NUMBERS: 100 AND GREATER
100 cento CHEN-toh
101 centouno/centuno cheh-toh-OO-noh/chehn-TOO-noh
150 centocinquanta cheh-toh-cheen-KWAHN-tah
200 duecento doo-eh-CHEN-toh
300 trecento treh-CHEN-toh
400 quattrocento kwaht-troh-CHEN-toh
500 cinquecento cheen-kweh-CHEN-toh
600 seicento seh-ee-CHEN-toh
700 settecento set-the-CHEN-toh
800 ottocento oht-toh-CHEN-toh
900 novecento noh-veh-CHEN-toh
1.000 mille MEEL-leh
1.001 milleuno meel-leh-OO-noh
1.200 milleduecento meel-leh-doo-eh-CHEN-toh
2.000 duemila doo-eh-MEE-lah
10.000 diecimila dee-eh-chee-MEE-lah
15.000 quindicimila kween-dee-chee-MEE-lah
100.000 centomila chen-toh-mee-leh
1.000.000 un milione OON mee-lee-OH-neh
2.000.000 due milioni DOO-eh mee-lee-OH-neh
1.000.000.000 un miliardo OON mee-lee-ARE-doh