The content of this website provides a simple, fast guide to the translation of German numbers into English. Learn the English translation of all of the German cardinal and ordinal numbers into the English language and learn to count the way they do in Germany.
Modern use of German Numbers
This fast, simple guide to the translation of German numbers will increase your German vocabulary and help you learn the words in the language associated with numbers and help you to count. Learning each number is a basic requirement when studying the language. Germany is part of the European Union and is the official language spoken by about 100 million people as the 'mother tongue', or the first language. It is second only to English in the European language group. and as a second language by a further 190 million German language speakers. German is also spoken by many people in Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. German is also commonly spoken in the states of North Dakota and South Dakota in the United States of America. German is taught in some schools as a second language in addition to the more common English, French and Latin languages.
German Numbers and Writing System
The writing system in Germany uses the Latin alphabet. In addition to the 26 standard Latin letters, German has three vowels with umlauts consisting of two dots ( ¨ ) placed over a letter (Ä/ä, Ö/ö, and Ü/ü) and also the letter ß.
German Numbers and Roman Numerals
We have also included Roman numerals in our individual number articles. A numeral is a symbol that represents a number whereas numbers relate to quantities. Roman numbers, or numerals, are still used in Germany for the copyright dates on movies and television programmes and videos. The Roman numeral MMXIV translates as the date for 2014, 2015 is written as MMXV and the Roman numeral for 2016 is written as MMXVI.
German Language and Numbers
The closest relative of German is Dutch and, surprisingly, English. German sits within the West Germanic arm of the Indo-European language family. When learning the language, numbers and how to count you will see many similarities with words used in the English language such as 'Zeitgeist', meaning 'the spirit of the times, 'Kindergarten' as a school for young children and 'joggen' meaning to go jogging.
Ordinal and Cardinal Numbers
Cardinal numbers like six and nine reflect a quantity such as two dogs or eight flowers - translated in German as 'Zwei Hunde' and 'Acht Blumen'. Numbers expressed as the fifth or the sixth indicate ranking of numbers and are referred to as Ordinal numbers and translate as Vierte for the 4th and Sechste for the 6th.
Ordinal and Cardinal German Numbers - Learning the language
Whatever second language you choose to study, one of the the first basic principles is to learn how to count. The first step is to learn the English-German translation of Cardinal numbers (that reflect a quantity) and then to learn the Ordinal numbers such as first, second or third (that reflect a position). The articles for each separate number provides a translation of both the German Ordinal and Cardinal numbers.
In respect of the Ordinal, positioning numbers, they are expressed in a different format to English ordinal numbers. In the German language, a period (or full stop) after a number can sometimes mean that the number is not the end of a period, but an ordinal number:
58. / Achtundfϋnfzigste translates as 59th / Fifty-Ninth
20. / Zwanzigste translates as 20th / Twentieth
German ordinal numbers are not expressed with a hyphen in the same format as for English ordinal numbers such as twenty-sixth. In English, ordinal numbers are formed by adding "th" to a cardinal number: fifth, sixth and seventh. In this respect, the German language is very similar to English. Some ordinals are formed by adding "te" to the cardinal number and numbers over 20 ordinals end in "ste".
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