German Language Blog

Tag Archives: numbers

German Lucky Numbers Posted by on May 6, 2020

Guten Tag! Every culture has different ‘lucky numbers’, for different reasons. Today we’ll look at which numbers are considered lucky in Germany, and how this plays out in the German language. In Germany, there are two main numbers that are considered lucky. These are the numbers 4 and 7. One might call these Glückszahlen. The…

Continue Reading

German Emergency Services pt2 Posted by on Jan 28, 2017

Guten Tag! Welcome to the second part of my posts on calling the emergency services in Germany or Austria. In the first post, we looked at how to call the police, and the things you might say. We also looked at how to ask for help from the public. That post is here. This time…

Continue Reading

German Emergency Services: P1 Posted by on Jan 20, 2017

What do you do if you find yourself in an emergency situation in a German-speaking country? Which number do you call, and what is it you ask for? This post will tell you exactly that! The numbers to call: In Germany: 110 – police 112 – ambulance/fire brigade In Austria: Call 112 for general emergency…

Continue Reading

German Quiz: Mastering the Basics Posted by on Jan 17, 2017

Hello and welcome to another quiz! The first quiz of 2017. This time the topics are: basic conversation, numbers and renting an apartment. If you want to brush up on your knowledge before you take the quiz, then you can find the posts here, here, here and here. Grab a pen and paper… good luck!…

Continue Reading

Telling the time in German: Numbers, numbers, numbers Posted by on Aug 29, 2012

How we cite the time usually depends on whether we read the time with digital watches or mechanical ones. In the following video I explain how you tell the time in German when you exclusively use numbers in your citation – which is usally the case when you read the time with digital watches.  

German ordinal numbers in use: Choosing the proper gender, grammatical case, and number (pt. II) Posted by on Nov 11, 2011

In my last post I discussed what adjectival endings you have to use when you use a noun with a definite article. Remember that ordinal numbers are grammatically nothing else than adjectives. That is, when you embed an ordinal in your sentence you have to modify it like any other adjectives. In this post I…

Continue Reading

German ordinal numbers in use: Choosing the proper gender, grammatical case, and number (pt. I) Posted by on Nov 9, 2011

Ordinal numbers are not as common as cardinal numbers. But you need to use them whenever you express things that occur in an order or series. For example, in a hotel you may discover that your room is on the eighth floor. To properly use ordinals in German, you have to consider that ordinal numbers…

Continue Reading

Older posts