One of the first steps to becoming comfortable with a new language, such as Italian, is learning how to count. If you want to learn the numbers in Italian, we’ve got you covered. Counting from 1 to billions in this language is pretty easy.

If you are planning a trip to Italy and want to learn the basics of the language, the numbers one through ten will be among the first terms you will encounter.

Yes, that’s helpful, but what if you’re purchasing sixteen pastries? What if someone inquires about your age? What if you’re talking to new Italian friends and providing fitness suggestions, such as the number of steps you should take each day?

If you’re going to **Italy**, you’ll probably want to brush up on your knowledge of numbers higher than 10. In order to avoid being flummoxed when answering numerical questions in Italian, it’s good to know how to count from zero to billions.

Before we get into the specifics of how to count in Italian, let’s have a look at a few principles and tidbits.

## The Numbers *(Numeri)* in Italian

A few reminders when speaking of numbers in Italian:

Italian numbers are written identically to their English counterparts. They don’t use letters and calculations associated with Roman numerals.

Italian numbers operate similarly to those in English: one is singular, while the remainder are plural.

When used as numeral adjectives, numbers are invariant (they lack gender); only *un*, *uno*, and *una* change; the rest remain constant.

When numbers are used as nouns in Italian, they are regarded masculine singular and are preceded by an article. For instance, *il* *trio*,* il quattro*, *il sedici* (the three, the four, the sixteen).

When speaking in Italian about time and the subject is* le ore* (the hours), numbers are feminine plural. Only *mezzogiorno* (noon) is masculine, whereas *mezzanotte* (midnight) and *l’una* (one) are feminine singular.

## Counting in Italian: 0 – 9

The following is how you say Italian numbers from zero to nine.

0 – ** Zero**: “Zero”

The Italian “Z” has a harsher sound, more like a “ds” or a “ts,” than the English “Z”. However, they are spelled the same in both languages.

1 – ** Uno**: “One”

The uniqueness of *uno* (one) is that it is also an indefinite article. Therefore, it is necessary to adhere to the agreement and modify it into *un*, *uno*, or *una* when the situation calls for it. The rest of the numbers in Italian are simple and easy to understand:

2 ** Due** – Two

3

**– Three**

*Tre*4

**– Four**

*Quattro*5

**– Five**

*Cinque*6

**– Six**

*Sei*7

**– Seven**

*Sette*8

**– Eight**

*Otto*9

**– Nine**

*Nove*## Counting in Italian: 10 – 19

The Italian digits 10 through 19 are notoriously difficult to recall. To help you remember, take note of the two formulas that are used to compose the number.

When counting from 10 to 16, Italians use this formula: number + *dici*, as seen below:

10 * Dici* – Ten

11

*(*

**Undici***uno + dici*) – Eleven

12

**(**

*Dodici**due + dici*) – Twelve

13

**(**

*Tredici**tre + dici*) – Thirteen

14

**(**

*Quattordici**quattro + dici*) – Fourteen

15

**(**

*Quindici**cinque + dici*) – Fifteen

16

**(**

*Sedici**sei + dici*) – Sixteen

When counting from 17 to 19 the formula is reversed and it becomes *dici* + number, as seen below:

17 * Diciassette* (

*dici + sette*) – Seventeen

18

**(**

*Diciotto**dici + otto*) – Eighteen

19

**(**

*Diciannove**dici + nove*) – Nineteen

## Counting in Italian: 20 – 99

It gets much easier to count in Italian when you get to 20 and go up from there. You simply add the tens to the numbers to complete the equation. There are no spaces or hyphens.

20 ** Venti** – Twenty

30

**– Thirty**

*Trenta*40

**– Forty**

*Quaranta*50

**– Fifty**

*Cinquanta*60

**– Sixty**

*Sessanta*70

**– Seventy**

*Settanta*80

**– Eight**

*Ottanta*90

**– Ninety**

*Novanta*For example, if you want to say or write the Italian number 38, you say/write *trentotto* (“thirty-eight”), *settantasette* for 77 (“seventy-seven”), *novantanove* for 99 (“ninety-nine”), and so on.

When pronouncing or writing the numbers 20 to 99 in Italian, there are only two small guidelines to remember:

The last vowel in the tens is dropped when paired with *uno* (“one”) and *otto* (“eight”). For example, *cinquantuno* (“fifty-one”) and *sessantotto* (“forty-eight”).

When combining any tens with *tre* (“three”), remember to put an accent on the last syllable. For example, *setentatré* (“seventy-three”).

## Counting in Italian: 100 – 900

In Italian, one hundred (100) is *cento*, as in just *cento*, with no requirement for an *un* before it. Meanwhile, when counting from 200 and higher, simply place the number (1–9) before the *cento* and leave *cento* alone.

200 ** Duecento** – Two hundred

300

**– Three hundred**

*Trecento*400

**– Four hundred**

*Quattrocento*500

**– Five hundred**

*Cinquecento*600

**– Six hundred**

*Seicento*700

**– Seven hundred**

*Settecento*800

**– Eight hundred**

*Ottocento*900

**– Nine hundred**

*Novecento*If you want to add a number from 1 to 99 after any *cento*, put it after the word *(cento)*.

For example:

537- ** Cinquecento trentasette** – Five hundred thirty-seven

815 ** Ottocento quindici** – Eight hundred and fifteen

## Counting in Italian: 1,000 – 1 Billion

In Italian, saying “one thousand” (1,000) is similar to saying “one hundred” (100); simply say *mille*, no “one” or “*un*” before it.

*Mille*, on the other hand, becomes *mila* when counting from “two thousand” and up. When adding numbers to the thousands, tens, or hundreds of thousands, the same rule (as with the previous numbers) applies.

1,000 ** Mille** – One thousand

2,000

**– Two thousand**

*Duemila*3,000

**– Three thousand**

*Tremila*4,000

**– Four thousand**

*Quattromila*5,000

**– Five thousand**

*Cinquemila*6,000

**– Six thousand**

*Seimila*7,000

**– Seven thousand**

*Settemila*8,000

**– Eight thousand**

*Ottomila*9,000

**– Nine thousand**

*Novemila*10,000

**– Ten thousand**

*Diecimila*20,000

*– Twenty thousand*

**Ventimila**50,000

**– Fifty thousand**

*Cinquantamila*100,000

**– One hundred thousand**

*Centomila*300,000

**– Two hundred thousand**

*Trecentomila*800,00

**– Eight hundred thousand**

*Ottocentomila*Meanwhile, here’s how you say the bigger numbers in Italian:

1.000.000 ** Un milione** – One million

2.000.000

**– Two million**

*Due milioni*1.000.000.000

**– One billion**

*Un miliardo*3.000.000.000

**– Three billion**

*Tre miliardi*Now that you know how to count, speak, and write the numbers in Italian, let’s have a look at some of the subtle variations between Italian and English numbers.

In English, you can say “thirteen hundred” or “nineteen hundred” for 1,300 or 1,900, but there is no counterpart of that in Italian. Instead, only add *e* between the *mille* and *cento* number. For example, *mille e trecento* (“one thousand and three hundred”) and *mille e novecento* (“one thousand and nine hundred”) are permitted.

Another distinction is how Italians pronounce tens, hundreds, and thousands, which differs from their singular form. Here are some numerical terms in Italian and English.

** Decine** – Tens

**– Hundreds**

*Centinaia***– Thousands**

*Migliaia*