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Can you write Polish numbers? Posted by on May 27, 2020 in numbers, Vocabulary

Learning Polish numbers is definitely very important, just like learning numbers in any language. They appear in every day conversations and once you know the structure of creating them in grammar, it’s actually pretty easy to write them.

I think my friends actually have more problems with Polish numbers’ pronunciation, than writing them down…

In Polish numbers from 0 to 11 are unique words that have to be memorized. Numbers from 12 to 19 are formed by using the following pattern: for example 13 can be formed by using 3 + naście while connecting them. 13 = trzynaście. Although these are good to memorize as well, since 14,15, 16 or 19 are exceptions, and the “beginning” is written slightly different (czternaście, piętnaście,  szesnaście, dziewiętnaście).

The forms of numbers like 20, 30, 50 are unique and depend on the number:

20 – dwa + dzieścia

30 – trzy + dzieści

50 – pięć + dziesiąt

Starting from twenty all tens use a pretty simple logic. Tens where the second number is bigger than 0 are written by leaving a space and writing the last number. For numbers bigger than 100 and 1000, the same logic to write numbers as words you used for tens applies.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Lets take a look:)


0 – zero

1 – jeden

2 – dwa

3 – trzy

4 – cztery

5 – pięć

6 – sześć

7 – siedem

8 – osiem

9 – dziewięć

10 – dziesięć

11 – jedenaście

12 – dwanaście

13 – trzynaście

14 – czternaście

15 – piętnaście

16 – szesnaście

17 – siedemnaście

18 – osiemnaście

19 – dziewiętnaście

20 – dwadzieścia

21 – dwadzieścia jeden

22- dwadzieścia dwa

30 – trzydzieści

31 – trzydzieści jeden

32 – trzydzieści dwa

… 

40 – czterdzieści

50 – pięćdziesiąt

60 – sześćdziesiąt

70 – siedemdziesiąt

80 – osiemdziesiąt

90 – dziewięćdziesiąt

100 – sto

101 – sto jeden

111 – sto jedenaście

125 – sto dwadzieścia pięć

200 – dwieście

300 – trzysta

400 – czterysta

500 – pięćset

600 – sześćset

700 – siedemset

800 – osiemset

900 – dziewięćset

1000 – tysiąc

1214 – tysiąc dwieście czternaście

 

If you need help with pronunciation of these numbers, check out this You Tube video by Ewelina! It is pretty long, about 17 minutes, but she really pays attention on how to pronounce numbers, while having the actual number written on the screen at the same time to make it easier for you!

Happy counting and writing!

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One sheep, two sheep… Image by Mary Bettini Blank from Pixabay

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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.


Comments:

  1. Alan Kolesky:

    What would make this post better would be a way to hear the pronunciation of the words.

  2. John Rudiak:

    Love this. And it’s a fact, numbers are extremely important.