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Italian Language Lessons: Italian Counts - Counting to 100

Steve Cohen

Once you can say and recognize numbers in Italian up to 20, covered in the previous lesson, you are ready to continue with numbers up to 100. Follow these steps, using the provided tables:

  • Learn the numbers from 20 to 30.
  • Learn the multiples of 10 from 20 on: 10, 20, 30 etc. up to 100.
  • Practice combining the various multiples of 10 with the single-digit endings to form numbers from 20 to 99 using the twenties as the example.
  • Review the numbers from 1 to 20 as a refresher.
  • Get ready for the next lesson by learning the word for 100.

Numbers from 20 to 30

ENGLISH ITALIAN SAY IT LIKE THIS

20

venti

VEHN-tee

21

ventuno

vehnt-OOH-noh

22

ventidue

vehn-tee-DOO-eh

23

ventitré

vehn-tee-TREH

24

ventiquattro

vehn-tee-KWAHT-troh

25

venticinque

vehn-tee-CHEEN-kweh

26

ventisei

vehn-tee-SAY

27

ventisette

vehn-tee -SEHT-teh

28

ventotto

vehnt-OHT-toh

29

ventinove

vehn-tee-NOH-veh

30

trenta

TREHN-tah

Multiples of 10 up to 100

ENGLISH ITALIAN SAY IT LIKE THIS

10

dieci

DYEH-chee

20

venti

VEHN-tee

30

trenta

TREHN-tah

40

quaranta

kwahr-AHN-tah

50

cinquanta

cheen-KWAHN-tah

60

sessanta

sehs-SAHN-tah

70

settanta

seht-TAHN-tah

80

ottanta

oht-TAHN-tah

90

novanta

noh-VAHN-tah

100

cento*

CHEHN-toh

* Note: cento means "one hundred"; you don't add "one" before it as in English.

As with the "twenties", use the root form of any of these "times 10" numbers combined with a single digit number to form combinations like thirty-five (trentacinque), seventy-two (settantadue), etc. A combination number is written as a single word with no space or hyphen. For the "uno" (one) and "otto" (eight) entries in each set of ten, the final "a" (or "i" of venti) of the root multiple of ten is dropped. For example forty-four translates as "quarantuno", fifty-eight as "cinquantotto". These two slightly exceptional cases are often written with an apostrophe; you may see quarant'uno and cinquant'otto, for example.

You have now covered the numbers in Italian up to 100!

You learned the numbers from 1 to 20 in the previous lesson. To practice with numbers from 21 to 99, pick one from each column below and combine them into a single word - remember to drop the final vowel ("i" for venti, otherwise "a") from the left-column part if it is followed by "uno" or "otto".

Tens Units

 

uno

venti

due

trenta

tré*

quaranta

quattro

cinquanta

cinque

sessanta

sei

settanta

sette

ottanta

otto

novanta

nove

* Tré is written with an accent when it becomes the last syllable of a number word combined in this way.

Examples

Here are a few examples to get you started. Practice with these, then make up more of your own.

ENGLISH ITALIAN SAY IT LIKE THIS

74

settantaquattro

seht-tahn-tah-KWAHT-troh

36

trentasei

trehn-tah-SAY

51

cinquantuno

cheen-kwahn-TOO-noh

99

novantanove

noh-vahn-tah-NOH-veh

43

quarantatré

kwah-rahn-tah-TREH

87

ottantasette

oht-tahn-tah-SEHT-teh

68

sessantotto

sehs-sahn-TOHT-toh

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