Italian Numbers

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The content of this website provides a simple, fast guide to the translation of Italian numbers into English. Learn the English translation of all of the Italian numbers into the English language and learn to count the way they do in Italy.

Modern use of Italian Numbers
This simple guide to the translation of Italian numbers will increase your Italian vocabulary and help you learn the words in the language associated with numbers. Learning each number is a basic requirement when studying the Italian language. Italy is part of the European Union and the language is spoken by about 60 million people, mainly by people who live in Italy. However, Italian is gaining in popularity as a second language and spoken by an estimated 15 million people. Many Americans, whose roots are in Italy are also keen to lean the language of their ancestors. Italian is descended from Latin and there are therefore many similarities in the words, vocabulary, numbers & grammar of both languages. The Roman numerals numbering system also originated in Italy and facts about Roman numerals are also included.


Italian Numbers, Dates & Roman Numerals
What's the difference between numbers and numerals? A numeral is a symbol that represents a number whereas numbers relate to quantities. Roman numerals are used for the copyright dates on movies and television programmes and videos.

Dates: The Roman numeral MMXIII translates as the date for 2013. The dates for 2014 are MMXIV, 2015 is written as MMXV and 2016 is written as MMXVI.

This unique numbering system, created in Italy, is based on just seven letters: I, V, X, L, C, D and M. The meaning and translation of each number is detailed on individual articles about the numbers used in Italy.




Italian Language and Numbers
Italian is one of the 'Romance languages' which are also referred to as Romanic languages, Latin languages or Neo-Latin languages. Romance languages consist of all the related languages derived from Vulgar Latin. The Romance language was developed from Latin between the 6th and 9th centuries.

Ordinal and Cardinal Numbers
Numbers expressed as the ninth or the sixth are referred to as Ordinal numbers. Cardinal numbers like six and nine reflect a quantity such as six dogs or nine flowers - translated in Italian as 'sei cani' and 'nove fiori'. When learning Italian you will see many similarities with words used in the English language such as 'cani' & 'canine'.


Italian Numbers - Learning the language
Whatever 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-Italian translation of Cardinal numbers (that reflect a quantity) and then to learn the Ordinal numbers (that reflect a position) such as first, second or third. The articles for each separate number provides a translation of both the Ordinal and Cardinal numbers.


In respect of the Ordinal, positioning numbers, they are expressed in a different format to English ordinal numbers. English ordinal numbers are expressed with a hyphen such as in twenty-five, whereas in Italian it is expressed as 'venticinquesimo'. There are distinctive words that are used for the first 10 ordinal numbers, and the remainder are formed from the cardinal number by adding "esimo."


Dates and Italian Numbers
In the English language ordinal numbers are used for dates such as the fourth of July. In the language of Italy Cardinal numbers are used for calendar dates. In contrast to English language, for calendar dates Italians do not use ordinals therefore the fourth of July is said as, "quarto di luglio" or "quarto luglio".

4th July


Helpful Tips and Facts about Italian Numbers
The following tips will help when learning and counting in Italian.
Cardinal numbers from eleven upwards end with a vowel such as a, e, i, o
Asking the time! "What time is it?" translates as "Che ora e?"
"It is eight o'clock." translates as "Sono le otto."
Asking "When?" or "What time?" translates as "A che ora."
At eight o'clock in the evening translates as "Alle otto di sera."
1st day of the month: Italians use ordinal number "primo" abbreviated as 1 which means 1st
"Oggi il primo novembre" translates as "Today is November first."
Mobile phone numbers begin with the number 3 in Italy and are generally 10 digits long
Telephone numbers in Italy have the Country Code: +39 and the International Call Prefix: 00
Telephone 112 for General emergency, gendarmerie (Carabinieri) and 115 for the fire service

Italian Numbers
The interesting facts and information contained in each article provide a simple, basic guide to the translation of each Italian number into the English language.
Learn the English translation of all of the numbers into the English language together with examples of the meanings. Find the words to help you learn the language. An easy translation of every common number up to 1 thousand.


Italian Numbers

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