Here you will find a list of German numbers with audio to help you in your quest to learn the German language. Learn how to count in German from 0 to 10 and up to 100 and beyond with this free, easy-to-follow online lesson.
By the way: If you fancy a bit of fun, scroll to the bottom of this page for a short German numbers song, most likely referring to the emigration of Germans to America in the 19th century.
Let's get started and learn 0 - 20 in German. As you will see, these form the basis of all numbers.
0 - 10 in German
0 = null (zero)
1 = eins / 1. / erste (one / 1st / first)
2 = zwei / 2. / zweite (two / 2nd / second)
3 = drei / 3. / dritte (three / 3rd / third)
4 = vier / 4. / vierte (four / 4th / fourth)
5 = fϋnf / 5. / fϋnfte (five / 5th / fifth)
6 = sechs / 6. / sechste (six / 6th / sixth)
7 = sieben / 7. / siebente (seven / 7th / seventh)
8 = acht / 8. / achte (eight / 8th / eighth)
9 = neun / 9. / neunte (nine / 9th / ninth)
10 = zehn / 10. / zehnte (ten / 10th / tenth)
(N.B. The Germans use a full stop where we would use 'st', 'nd', 'rd' and 'th', so '1st', '2nd', '3rd' and '4th' are written '1.', '2.', '3.' and '4.')
11 - 20
11 = elf / 11. / elfte (eleven / 11th / eleventh)
12 = zwölf / 12. / zwölfte (twelve / 12th / twelfth)
13 = dreizehn / 13. / dreizehnte (thirteen / 13th / thirteenth)
14 = vierzehn / 14. / vierzehnte (fourteen / 14th / fourteenth)
15 = fϋnfzehn / 15. / fϋnfzehnte (fifteen/ 15th / fifteenth)
16 = sechzehn / 16./ sechzehnte (sixteen / 16th / sixteenth)
17 = siebzehn / 17. / siebzehnte (seventeen / 17th / seventeenth)
18 = achtzehn / 18. / achtzehnte (eighteen / 18th / eighteenth)
19 - neunzehn / 19. / neunzehnte (nineteen / 19th / nineteenth)
20 - zwanzig / 20. / zwanzigste (twenty / 20th / twentieth)
These numbers shouldn't be too difficult to learn. If, however, you are having any difficulties, please scroll down this page for a few tips to help you along the way.
Once you have learned these numbers, you are well on the way to being able to count up to much higher German numbers.
Click here to learn numbers 21 - 100 in German.
Click here for German numbers greater than 100.
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Tips for learning numbers
1. Every time you climb the stairs, why not count each one as you go? You could also count coins, or anything else for that matter.
2. Write the number down on a piece of paper or even a flash card. Repeat the number out loud, take the card away and then repeat again without the card.
3. Continue with however many numbers you want to learn, periodically returning to the earlier ones to make sure you haven't forgotten them. Do this initially every other day and then once a week.
4. Learning these numbers will be easier just before falling asleep. You are more likely to remember them the following day.
5. Make sure you take regular breaks - ideally, take a walk or some other type of exercise.
And to finish off...
Below you will find a German song my German father-in-law began singing when I told him I was writing about German numbers for my website.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 wo ist unser Max geblieben
(Where has our Max gone)
Ist nicht hier, ist nicht da
(He isn't here, he isn't there)
Ist wohl in Amerika
(Perhaps he's in America)
It is highly likely this song dates back to the 19th century (or even earlier) when large numbers of Germans emigrated to America.
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Learn German Numbers in this easy-to-follow online lesson. Lots of examples and tips on counting in German.