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Italian Language Lessons: Italian Counts - Counting to 1000

Steve Cohen

You should be comfortable with numbers from 1 to 100, covered in previous lessons, before you continue with this lesson.

The word for 100 is cento. To form the words for 200, 300 and so on up to 900, simply combine the required number for 2 to 9 with the ending cento (note: the result is written as one word). The list is straightforward with no exceptions. The word for 1,000 is mille.

Multiples of 100 up to 1,000

ENGLISH ITALIAN SAY IT LIKE THIS

100

cento

CHEHN-toh

200

duecento

doo-eh- CHEHN-toh

300

trecento

treh-CHEHN-toh

400

quattrocento

kwaht-troh-CHEHN-toh

500

cinquecento

cheen-kweh-CHEHN-toh

600

seicento

say-CHEHN-toh

700

settecento

seht-teh-CHEHN-toh

800

ottocento

oht-toh-CHEHN-toh

900

novecento

noh-veh-CHEHN-toh

1,000

mille

MEEL-leh

* Note: cento means "one hundred" and "mille" means "one thousand"; you don't add "one" before these as in English.

For numbers from 100 through 999, use the word for the appropriate number of hundreds followed by the correct number between one and ninety-nine. Drop the final "o" of "cento" if followed by "otto" or "ottanta". Note that unlike with numbers in the twenties through nineties, you do not drop the final "o" of "cento" when followed by "uno" (or "undici"). Again, the resulting combination is written as a single word. For higher numbers, the words get long, but you can figure them out by breaking out the parts.

You have now covered the numbers in Italian up to 1,000!

You learned the numbers from 1 to 100 in previous lessons. To practice with numbers from 100 to 999, pick an entry from each of the first two columns below, then pick either an entry from the third column (endings up to 19) or an entry from each of the fourth and fifth column (endings from 20 through 99) and combine them into a single word. Sometimes you will pick a blank entry from one or more columns; e.g. centotrentadue (132), cinquecento (500), seicentottanta (680).

Hundred(s) portion

Endings 0 - 19

Endings 20 - 99

No. of hundreds Hundred   Tens Units

due

 

uno

venti

uno

tré*

 

due

trenta

due

quattro

cento

tre

quaranta

tré**

cinque

cent*

quattro

cinquanta

quattro

sei

 

cinque

sessanta

cinque

sette

 

sei

settanta

sei

otto

 

sette

ottanta

sette

nove

 

otto

novanta

otto

 

 

nove

 

nove

 

 

dieci

 

 

 

 

undici

 

 

 

 

dodici

 

 

 

 

tredici

 

 

 

 

quattordici

 

 

 

 

quindici

 

 

 

 

sedici

 

 

 

 

diciassette

 

 

 

 

diciotto

 

 

 

 

diciannove

 

 

* The "o" ending of cento is dropped if followed by "otto" (eight) or "ottanta". Remember also that endings of numbers in the "tens" column are dropped if followed by "uno" or "otto".

** Tré is written with an accent when it is 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

101

centouno

chehn-toh-OO-noh

102

centodue

chehn-toh-DOO-eh

103

centotré

chehn-toh-TREH

108

centotto

chehn-TOHT-toh

110

centodieci

chehn-toh-DYEH-chee

245

duecentoquarantacinque

doo-eh-chehn-toh-kwah-rahn-tah-CHEEN-kweh

411

quattrocentoundici

kwaht-troh-chen-toh-OON-dee-chee

578

cinquecentosettantotto

cheen-kweh-chehn-toh-seht-tahn-TOHT-toh

817

ottocentodiciassette

oht-toh-chen-toh-deech-ahs-SEHT-teh

999

novecentonovantanove

noh-veh-chehn-toh-noh-vahn-tah-NOH-veh

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