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Dutch Numbers 1-100Posted by sarah on Apr 2, 2010 in Dutch Language

One of the most basic skills you will need to learn is how to count. Take a look at the Dutch numbers, and see if you notice anything different from English…

 0 nul 1 een 2 twee 3 drie 4 vier 5 vijf 6 zes 7 zeven 8 acht 9 negen 10 tien 11 elf 12 twaalf 13 dertien 14 veertien 15 vijftien 16 zestien 17 zeventien 18 achttien 19 negentien 20 twintig 21 eenentwintig 22 tweeëntwintig 30 dertig 40 veertig 50 vijftig 60 zestig 70 zeventig 80 tachtig 90 negentig 100 honderd 200 tweehonderd 578 vijfhonderd achtenzeventig 1000 duizend 1125 elfhonderd vijfentwintig 1 000 000 een miljoen

Did you spot the difference between Dutch numbers and English numbers? If you guessed that the second number in a double digit number is spoken first, you are correct.  As a native English speaker, this has been a terrible task to remember, and no matter how far I get with complicated grammar, long complex sentences and academic level vocabulary, I always have to stop and think about the numbers.  Just try to remember that the first number you hear is not the beginning of the number.

Vijfentwintig is 25.

Zevenhonderd zesenveertig is 746.

But don’t worry if you always find yourself counting, doing math, and thinking of change in your native language.  For whatever reason, these are tasks that many people always return to their native language to do. As long as you can understand how much money the person at the checkout counter wants, it doesn’t matter what language you use to count your cash in your head.  Nevertheless, try to count things in your head as much as possible.  This should help get you acclimated to the “backwards” counting method.

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1. bedtimestorynyc:

same as in german

2. I don’t understand I taught 21 is zwei und zwanzig

3. Anita, 21 is eenentwintig, or “one and twenty”, according to “backwards method”.. 🙂

4. Nikola:

Dutch numbers are so easy.
For me..:D

5. Lynda:

I know German a lot better than Dutch. When I was learning the German numbers many years ago, it helped me to remember “four-and-twenty blackbirds” from the nursery rhyme Sing a Song of Sixpence”. This backwards counting must have been used in old English, too!