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Italian Language Lessons: Italian Counts - Counting to 20

Steve Cohen

When you travel in Italy, it is often handy to be able to say and recognize spoken numbers in Italian. You may need to say how many of you there are for a table in a restaurant, how many apples you want from the fruit vendor or what room number you are in at a hotel. You may wish to understand the amount you are asked to pay in a shop, how many meters you are told to walk to reach a certain shop, which platform your train is leaving from and at what time.

To develop your Italian numbers skill, follow the counting lessons in order. Each lesson builds on the previous ones, so make sure you are confident with each lesson before continuing on to the next. First, use the following lists to master the numbers from 1 to 20. Subsequent lessons (see the navigation bar to the right) expand your knowledge up to 100, to 1,000, to 100,000, to 1,000,000 and ... beyond!

Numbers from 1 to 10

ENGLISH ITALIAN SAY IT LIKE THIS
1 uno (m), una (f)* OO-noh, OO-nah
2 due DOO-eh
3 tré treh
4 quattro KWAHT-troh
5 cinque CHEEN-kweh
6 sei say
7 sette SEHT-teh
8 otto OHT-toh
9 nove NOH-veh
10 dieci DYEH-chee

 *One is the only number that has both a masculine and feminine form.

Numbers from 11 to 20

ENGLISH ITALIAN SAY IT LIKE THIS
11 undici OON-dee-chee
12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
13 tredici TREH-dee-chee
14 quattordici Kwaht-TOHR-dee-chee
15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
16 sedici SEH-dee-chee
17 diciassette deech-ahs-SEHT-teh
18 diciotto deech-OHT-toh
19 diciannove deech-ahn-NOH-veh
20 venti VEHN-tee

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