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Lesson 04 - Numbers / Ordinals

Numbers / Ordinals

0 zero dzeh-roh
1 uno oo-noh
2 due doo-eh
3 tre treh
4 quattro kwaht-troh
5 cinque cheen-kweh
6 sei say
7 sette seht-teh
8 otto aw-toh
9 nove naw-vay
10 dieci dee-ay-chee
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 dee-chahs-seht-teh
18 diciotto dee-choht-toh
19 diciannove dee-chahn-noh-veh
20 venti vehn-tee
21 ventuno vehn-too-noh
22 ventidue vehn-tee-doo-eh
30 trenta trehn-tah
40 quaranta kwah-rahn-tah
50 cinquanta cheen-kwahn-tah
60 sessanta sehs-sahn-tah
70 settanta seht-tahn-tah
80 ottanta oh-tahn-tah
90 novanta noh-vahn-tah
100 cento chehn-toh

Note: When you have a word that ends in a vowel, like venti, and another word that begins with a vowel, like uno; the first word loses its vowel when putting the two words together. Venti (20) and uno (1) make ventuno (21). One exception is cento; it does not lose its vowel. Cento (100) and uno (1) make centouno (101). And be aware that Italian switches the use of commas and decimals.


Ordinal Numbers


first

second

third

fourth

fifth

sixth

seventh

eighth

ninth

tenth

eleventh

twentieth

hundredth

primo (a)

secondo (a)

terzo (a)

quarto (a)

quinto (a)

sesto (a)

settimo (a)

ottavo (a)

nono (a)

decimo (a)

undicesimo (a)

ventesimo (a)

centesimo (a)

From eleventh on, just drop the final vowel of the cardinal number and add -esimo. For numbers like venitrè, trentatrè, add -esimo but do not drop the final e. Ordinal numbers are adjectives and must agree with the nouns they modify; -o is the masculine ending, -a is the feminine ending.

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