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Hallo, ich bin Laura. Hi everybody! I’m Laura.
Welcome to GermanPod101.com’s "Deutsch in 3 Minuten".
The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn German.
In the last lesson, we learned the numbers from one to ten.
Have you forgotten?
Here I'll tell you again:
Eins, zwei, drei, vier, fünf, sechs, sieben, acht, neun, zehn!!
And now let’s continue from eleven.
Elf
[slowly] elf.
Zwölf.
[slowly] zwölf.
Dreizehn.
[slowly] dreizehn.
Vierzehn.
[slowly] vierzehn.
Fünfzehn.
[slowly] fünfzehn.
Sechzehn.
[slowly] sechzehn.
Siebzehn.
[slowly] siebzehn.
Achtzehn.
[slowly] achtzehn.
Neunzehn.
[slowly] neunzehn.
And finally we have:
Zwanzig
[slowly] zwanzig.
Okay, now repeat after me. I'll say the numbers and give you time to repeat each one.
11. elf
12. zwölf
13. dreizehn
14. vierzehn
15. fünfzehn
16. sechzehn
17. siebzehn
18. achtzehn
19. neunzehn
20. zwanzig
These numbers may seem harder to remember, but you really just have to memorize elf, zwölf, sechzehn, siebzehn and zwanzig. But for dreizehn, vierzehn, fünfzehn,achtzehn and neunzehn, you just have to add zehn or "ten".
Let’s not stop at 20! Counting from ten to one hundred is super easy! Now I'll give you the tens:
[G screen-ws]
dreißig (30)
vierzig (40)
fünfzig (50)
sechzig (60)
siebzig (70)
achtzig (80)
neunzig (90)
hundert (100)
While you have to memorize a few of these numbers, there are a couple of tricks that will make memorizing them incredibly easy! In order to build vierzig/ "fourty" you just add ten “zig” to four “vier" and you get vierzig. The same goes for fünfzig, achtzig und neunzig [slowly]
Vierzig, fünfzig, achtzig, neunzig,
Let's have look on the pronunciation. If g comes last in the word, it makes a "ch"sound.So You would say "vierzich" instead of vierzig.
[slowly]vierzig.
You probably recognized the dots on a, o and u./ ä,ö,ü. For example: fünf/ five These are called Umlaute. Ä is being pronounced like the e in elder. Ö comes close to the o in worry and ü could be imagined as something between u and e.
[slowly]ä,ö,ü.
The last thing to learn today is how to form compound numbers above twenty. This is also super easy!
Take the tens and simply add the numbers you learned in the previous lesson.
Let’s try it out.
How would you say "fifty-six" in German? Let’s take it step-by-step. "Fifty" is Fünfzig, "six" is sechs..The smaller number comes first and than add und "and" in German and finally fünfzig"fifty". Sechsundfünfzig.
[slowly]Sechundfünfzig
Sechundfünfzig! It’s done! Isn’t that easy?
Let’s make another number, for instance, "ninety-eight."
Take "eight"acht, add "and"und, and then "ninety", neunzig:!
Achtundneunzig!
Now it’s time for Laura’s insights.
If you are talking about decades in German like the 80ies or the 20ies you just have to add er after the actual number. So you would say achtziger or zwanziger. Here You spell g as a g and not as a ch since it doesn’t come at the end of the words. Now You can talk about the exciting 80ies or golden 20ies with your frinds.
After only two lessons, you are now able to count to one hundred in German!
In the next lesson we are going to put your number knowledge to use! Do you have all the skills you need to go shopping in Germany? If not, I'll be waiting for you in our next Deutsch in 3 Minuten lesson.
Bis bald!

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Tuesday at 08:46 AM
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Hello Ivarr,


Thank you for posting.


Wow, that was quick. 😳👍


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Ivarr Vinter
Saturday at 10:31 PM
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Ich kenne alle Nummern auf Deutsch, Laura.

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Thursday at 08:59 AM
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Hi Ace_of_DiscaL,


Thank you for your feedback.


I am glad you bring this up. 👍 I have seen this video

the first time today and I would partly disagree with Laura.

Germany is a country with many different dialects and people in

every part of the country are proud of their "version" of the German language.

I don't think it is a rule applying in general that you pronounce the "g" as "ch".

Frankly, I am surprised. I would say that both versions - g and ch - are perfectly

good German pronunciation and I will highlight this with our team. 😉


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Ace_of_DiscaL
Sunday at 03:37 PM
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The numbers in tens were recorded with the wrong pronounciations (English "g" sound instead of "ch") 😮


Laura taught us to use "g" only when we are talking about decades (e.g. vierziger "40s" or achtziger "80s" for instance).

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Wednesday at 08:09 AM
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Hi Geof,


Thank you for your feedback.


Nicely spotted! In some local dialects "zig" is indeed

pronounced "zich", but if you want to speak German

properly, you should use -zig. 😉


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Kind regards,

Reinhard

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Geof Garcia
Friday at 12:37 AM
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That part with the zig that is pronounced zich messed up with my pronunciation 😁

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Wednesday at 09:28 AM
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Hi Min Wang,


Thank you for your feedback.


Yes, you are right: the "ch" is a feature in local dialects. 👍


As for your first comment, this is a great way of remembering

inconsistencies. That you for sharing it with our other users! 😉


P.S.: "sieben"



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Min Wang
Thursday at 07:03 PM
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Ich habe eine Frage.


Laura says 'ch' but vocabulary audio says 'g'



I remember people who live in the north of Germany say 'g' while people living in the south say 'ch', right?

Min Wang
Thursday at 06:58 PM
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e.g. 54

Vier+und+fünfzig

=vierundfünfzig



1980s or the 1920s

...+ er after the actual number.

achtziger or zwanziger.




✍️irregular:

eins

elf


Zwei

Zwölf


drei

dreißig



sechzehn

sechzig



siben

siebzehn

siebzig

GermanPod101.com Verified
Friday at 09:09 AM
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Hi Vladimir,


Thank you for your comment.


You are right, of course. 👍

There are parts of Germany where the local dialect tends

to pronounce g as ch, most commonly noticed with numbers,

but unless you want to live in a particular location where this is the case

(and you want to fit in), you should try to pronounce words properly, meaning a g as a g. 😉


If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us again.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

Team GermanPod101.com