Learn the Italian numbers 1-10

Learn the Italian numbers 1-10

Summary

Get ready to chat up a storm in Italian with our easy guide to nailing those tricky numbers! From uno to dieci, we’ve got you covered on counting like a local and even throwing in some fancy ordinal numbers for good measure. 🇮🇹✨

  • Start Simple: Master the basics with uno through dieci (1-10). These are your bread and butter for daily Italian chit-chat, so get them down pat! 🍞🧈
  • Zero is a Hero: Don’t forget about zero! It might be a round nothing, but it’s pronounced differently in Italian, and it’s a must-know. 🚫🔊
  • Practice Makes Perfect: Drill those pronunciations! Watch videos, repeat out loud, and soon you’ll be counting like a native without a second thought. 🗣️🔁
  • Ordinal Essentials: Upgrade your number game with ordinals like primo (first) to decimo (tenth). They’re perfect for reservations and bragging about your lottery win. 🏆🎟️
  • Matchy-Matchy: Remember, ordinal numbers in Italian need to agree with the gender and number of the nouns they describe. So, it’s prima, primo, prime, and primi. It’s all about harmony! 🎶👗
  • Real-Life Practice: Use numbers in context! Whether you’re ordering coffees or asking for bus times, real conversations are your playground for number mastery. ☕🚌
  • Level Up: Feeling confident? Tackle larger numbers and impress locals with your counting skills that go beyond the market and into the thousands. 💪💰

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Learn the Italian numbers

It’s always tough to use numbers when learning a new language.

They say that you can only truly master a foreign language if you can think in that language and count in that language’s numbers.

But learning numbers is essential because they are used in so many situations, such as telling time, how much something costs, doing math, and even understanding recipes.

This table and examples below will help you learn to read and pronounce the numbers from 1 to 10 like a native speaker.

Italian Numbers 1-10

These are the Italian cardinal numbers from 1 to 10:

Italian English
1 uno one
2 due two
3 tre three
4 quattro four
5 cinque five
6 sei six
7 sette seven
8 otto eight
9 nove nine
10 dieci ten

And what about zero? The word is still ‘zero‘, but the Italian pronunciation is different.

Check out the right pronunciation for all of them in the video at the end of this post.

Let’s take a look at some examples:

Ci sono 5 (cinque) mele nel cesto.

There are 5 apples in the basket.

Sono le 8 (otto), andiamo a cena.

It’s 8 o’clock, let’s go to have dinner.

E’ questa la fermata del bus numero 3 (tre)?

Is this the stop for bus number 3?

Il pane costa 2.10€ (due euro e dieci).

The bread costs 2.10€.

Vorrei 2 (due) caffe’ per favore.

I would like 2 coffees, please.

Italian Ordinal Numbers

So far, we’ve discussed cardinal numbers, which tell us things like “How many apples are in the basket?” “How many times did you use the restroom last night?”

In this section, we’ll talk about Italian ordinal numbers, which tell us about a thing’s specific position within an ordered set.

“First,” “second,” and “third,” for example.

Knowing this comes in handy when trying to understand a hotel receptionist when he tells you what floor your room is on.

Here are the first 10:

 Italian English translation
primo first
secondo second
terzo third
quarto fourth
quinto fifth
sesto sixth
settimo seventh
ottavo eighth
nono ninth
decimo tenth

Let’s take a look at these examples:

La sua camera e’ al quarto piano.

Your room is on the fourth floor.

Ho vinto il primo premio alla lotteria.

I won the first prize in the lottery.

Sono gia’ al nono mese di gravidanza.

I’m already in the ninth month of pregnancy.

Because ordinal numbers in Italian act as adjectives, they must be gender and number compatible with the nouns they modify: primo, prima, primi, prime.

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Take a look at these phrases:

La prima della fila è quella persona, io sono la terza.

The first in line is that person, I’m the third one.

Sono arrivati per primi.

They arrived first.

Sono le prime fragole della stagione.

They are the first strawberries of the season.

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Recap

So there you go, now you know how to pronounce the numbers from 1 to 10 in the Italian language and the cardinal numbers.

Are you ready to fly to Italy and order 1, 2, or, 10 coffees?

If you want to learn also large numbers in Italian like 100 (cento), 1000 (mille), or 10000 (dieci mila), check out this lesson.

If you need some more examples on how to use the numbers in real Italian conversations take a look here.

Italian word of the day
quest’ora
Example
Che caldo! Dobbiamo uscire proprio a quest’ora?
It’s so hot! Do we really have to go out at this time of the day?
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