German Grammar (Numbers and School)

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The 6th lesson teaches counting in cardinal and ordinal numbers in German. I also included a vocabulary list about school and finally common daily phrases. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, Contact us from the page German Classes.


Knowing how to count in German is essential and should be one of first things to learn. By simply knowing numbers from 1 to 9 you could express large numbers in a simplified way. Cardinal numbers are for counting such as “1, 2, 3 …”. Ordinal numbers represent order or rank such as “1st, 2nd, 3rd …”.

Below is a list of the first 20 cardinal and ordinal numbers that you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, German, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Numbers in German

Numbers German Audio
One eins
First erster
Two zwei
Second zweiter
Three drei
Third dritter
Four vier
Fourth vierter
Five fünf
Fifth fünfter
Six sechs
Sixth sechster
Seven sieben
Seventh siebter
Eight acht
Eighth achter
Nine neun
Ninth neunter
Ten zehn
Tenth zehnter
Eleven elf
Eleventh elfter
Twelve zwölf
Twelfth zwölfter
Thirteen dreizehn
Thirteenth dreizehnter
Fourteen vierzehn
Fourteenth vierzehnter
Fifteen fünfzehn
Fifteenth fünfzehnter
Sixteen sechzehn
Sixteenth sechzehnter
Seventeen siebzehn
Seventeenth siebzehnter
Eighteen achtzehn
Eighteenth achtzehnter
Nineteen neunzehn
Nineteenth neunzehnter
Twenty zwanzig
Twentieth Zwanzigster
Thirty three (31) dreiunddreißig
One hundred (100) einhundert
Three hundred and sixty (360) Dreihundertsechzig
One thousand (1000) eintausend
Two thousand and fourteen (2014) zweitausendvierzehn
One million Eine Million
Once einmal
Twice zweimal

Now we will try to implement some of the numbers above into full German sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

German Numbers in a Sentence

Numbers German Audio
I’m 30 years old Ich bin dreißig Jahre alt.
I have 2 sisters and 1 brother Ich habe zwei Schwestern und einen Bruder
English is my first language Englisch ist meine erste Sprache
Her second language is Spanish Ihre zweite Sprache ist Spanisch


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Vocabulary List about School

Below is a list of 26 words related to school and classrooms. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able communicate to a teacher/students many objects in your class.

School Words in German

School German Audio
Answer Antwort
Book Buch
Books Bücher
Chair Stuhl
Desk Schreibtisch
Dictionary Wörterbuch
Laptop Laptop
Library Bücherei, Bibliothek
Notebook (paper notebook) Notizbuch
Page Seite
Paper Papier
Pen Kugelschreiber
Pencil Bleistift
Question Frage
School Schule
Student Schüler, Student
Teacher Lehrer
University Universität


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Daily Conversation in German

Finally, a couple bonus sentences that you might find useful. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our German Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in German

English German Audio
I have a question Ich habe eine Frage.
To listen hören
To read lesen
To speak sprechen
To think denken
To understand verstehen
To write schreiben
What’s the name of that book? Wie heisst das Buch?
What do you do for a living? Was machen Sie beruflich?
I’m a (teacher / artist / engineer) Ich bin ein (Lehrer / Künstler / Ingenieur)
Oh! That’s good! Oh! Das ist gut!
Can I practice with you? Kann ich mit dir üben

Fun Facts

Language Quote: Approximately one new word is added to the English language every two hours and around 4,000 new words are added to the English dictionary every year.

Congratulations! You finished your 6th lesson in German about numbers, and school terms. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend German Lesson 7. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn German homepage.

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