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German Numbers 1 to 100 – Learn to Count in 4 Easy Steps

Hey Junkie!

If you are learning German – all those letters, phrases, and grammar rulesYou need NUMBERS too.  Today, you’ll learn the German numbers 1 to 100.

Here’s how to count German numbers from 1 to 100. If you want to just want to learn 1 to 10, don’t worry –  I break these down step-by-step so you’re not confused. So take this lesson…

  • Learn the German Numbers 1 to 100
  • Review this often: success comes from REPETITION
  • Print it out to have physical study material (i do it all the time)
  • Follow the 4 easy steps

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Step 1: Learn to count in German from 1 to 10. 

All you have to do here is memorize. That’s why I say print this lesson out.

You’ll also need to know these for when you want to say numbers like 23, 55, 89. Don’t worry, we’ll get to that in Step 4.

1 to 10 in German
Number English German
1 zero Null
2 one eins
3 two zwei
4 three drei
5 four vier
6 five fünf
7 six sechs
8 seven sieben
9 eight acht
9 nine neun
10 ten zehn

Did you go through them? Did you repeat and memorize them?

Good. Now, the next step…

Step 2: Learn the German Numbers 11 to 20.

You’ll get to use the numbers in Step 1 again. However, for 11 to 19, these numbers are unique. And so, they need memorization.

Again, print or take some time to write these out and drill them.

Number German English
11 elf eleven
12 zwölf twelve
13 dreizehn thirteen
14 vierzehn fourteen
15 fünfzehn fifteen
16 sechzehn sixteen
17 siebzehn seventeen
18 achtzehn eighteen
19 neunzehn nineteen
20 zwanzig twenty


Let’s go to the next step.

Step 3: Learning the 10s, 20s, 30… to 100.

Now, counting to 100 in German is easy.

But, we’re going to learn the tens first.

Why? It’ll help you learn the in-between numbers later. To say the tens (like, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90) you need to know this rule.

  • Rule: Refer to the numbers you learned in Step 1 from 1-9 then add “zig”
    • Told you you’ll need to use those again!
  • So, you know that vier is 4, right?.
  • So, vier+zig = vierzig = 40.

It’s that easy. Take a look below and compare it with Step 1. All you’re doing is taking numbers from Step 1 and adding “zig.”

The only special one is one hundred, which is ein-hundert.

20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100 in German
Number German English
20 zwanzig twenty
30 dreissig/dreißig thirty
40 vierzig fourty
50 fünfzig fifty
60 sechszig sixy
70 siebzig seventy
80 achtzig eighty
90 neunzig ninety
100 ein-hundert one hundred

Step 4: German in-between numbers like 21, 45, 78, 99

You need to know this second rule.

  • Rule
  • A: Start with the numbers you learned from 1-9 in Step 1
  • B: Add “und”
  • C: Then refer to the tens (20, 30, 50, etc. .. 90) in Step 3
  • D: Add A+B+C

So, say you want to say 22. Start with the numbers you learned from 1-9

  • Rule: Add A+B+C
  • A: Start with the numbers you learned from 1-9 in Step 1
    • 2 is zwan
  • B: Add “und”
    • add und
    • now you have zwan und
  • C: Then refer to the tens (20, 30, 50, etc. .. 90) in Step 3
    • twenty is zwanzig
  • D: Add A+B+C
    • so, zwan+und+zwanzig
    • the answer is: zwanundzwanzig

So, zwanundzwanzig is how you say 22. It’s saying like 2 and 20. That’s it. Here are more examples for you.

In-betweener number examples
Number German English
44 vierundvierzig forty-four
99 neunundneunzig ninety-nine
55 fünfundfünfzig fifty-five
22 zweiundzwanzig twenty-two
66 sechsundsechzig sixty-six
21 einundzwanzig twenty-one
77 siebenundsiebzig seventy-seven
33 dreiunddreißig thirty-three
88 achtundachtzig eighty-eight


Done! Now, you can count German numbers 1 to 100. This should’ve taken you about 10 minutes or less.

Did you find this lesson useful? Leave me a comment – I read them all.

– The Main Junkie

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3 thoughts on “German Numbers 1 to 100 – Learn to Count in 4 Easy Steps”

  1. Hey, thank you so much.
    But i guess the number in Step 4 –> 22 is called zweiundzwanzig. not zwaundzwanzig :)

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