In a world of instant communication and travel, it is always a handy skill to know some basic foreign language when interacting with others. If you speak English, German is a good place to start as it is similar and uses the same letters. (Actually, fun fact: English derives mostly from German.)
Counting from one to ten in German is easy if you practice it just a little bit.
How to Write Numbers 1 through 10 in German
In German or Deutsch (doytch), the written numbers look just like the numbers in English: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
Pretty simple, right? You shouldn’t have any trouble with that. There isn’t even any learning to do!
The pronunciation is a little more difficult.
How to Write Out Numbers 1 through 10 in German
1 – eins
2 – zwei
3 – drei
4 – vier
5 – fünf
6 – sechs
7 – sieben
8 – acht
9 – neun
10 – zehn
And in case you ever need to use it (you might), zero is ‘null’, pronounced exactly as it looks.
How to Pronounce Numbers 1 through 10 in German
1. eins – eye-n-s
2. zwei – zuh-f-eye (this one is hard to phonetically explain the z and the w run together, and in German, w is pronounced ‘fuh’)
3. drei – duh-rye
4. vier – veer
5. fünf – fuh-nf (umlauts [the “dots” over the u] make a sound that the English language doesn’t have a symbol for and is an acquired sound)
6. sechs – zeks
7. sieben – see-bin
8. acht – ah-kt (really, pronounce it just how it looks with a short ‘a’ sound)
9. neun – noy-n
10. zehn – zay-n
Note: in German, z’s almost have ‘t’ sound in front of them. You pronounce them by flicking the tip of your tongue off the roof of your mouth.
There! Easy as eins, zwei, drei! Congratulations. You have just learned to count one through ten (or should I say eins through zehn?) in German. Pat yourself on the back for becoming more cultured.