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Video:Learn Numbers in Italian

with Jodina Hahn Gallo

If you're looking to learn to speak Italian, one of the first lessons you'll have to learn is the numbers in Italian. Here's an intro to the numbers in Italian.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn Numbers in Italian

Buongiorno! I am Jodina. I am a professional, credentialed Italian language teacher and I spent nine years of my life in Milan, Italy. These are the numbers, i numeri in italiano.

Italian Numbers 0 Through 9

First, let's look at the numbers 0 through 9: zero, uno, due, tre, quattro, cinque, sei, sette, otto, nove.

Italian Numbers 10 Through 19

Now, let's take a look at the numbers 10 through 19: dieci, undici, dodici, tredici, quattordici, quindici, sedici, diciassette, diciotto, diciannove. And something interesting to notice is that these would be the teens; 11, 12, 13.

In Italian, the part that is the 10, or I suppose you could call it the teen, first it's at the end of the number, undici, dodici, and then after 16, or sedici, the 10 or the teen part jumps to the front of the word, so you have diciassette, diciotto, diciannove. And when you see a double consonant, you do need to pause twice as long in that sound, so it's diciassette and diciotto and diciannove.

Italian Numbers 20 Through 29

Now let's take a look at the numbers 20 through 29: venti, ventuno, ventidue, ventitré, ventiquattro, venticinque, ventisei, ventisette, ventotto, and ventinove.

Now, something interesting to notice about these numbers is that ventuno and ventotto drop the i from the venti. So, venti+uno becomes ventuno, venti+otto become ventotto. And this happens quite often in Italian words, when you put two words meeting each other, the first vowel will drop off and they will make a combined word.

Italian Numbers 30 Through 100

This same pattern carries through the 30's, the 40's, all the way through the 90's. Now, let's take a look at the other 10's and 100; trenta, quaranta, cinquanta, sessanta, settanta, ottanta, novanta, and cento.

And those are i numeri in italiano. Grazie!

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