Numbers – Nummern

Our meeting on the 09.10. was completely numbered.

After going through the numbers from 1 to 13 and explaining how to add the numbers up to form 21, 375 and so on.

The system was quite easy to explain, as it is very similar to English numbers, only that you have to remember to turn the numbers around when you say two-digit numbers. For example twenty-one is ein-und-zwanzig (one-and-twenty) in German. This goes on until 98.

When Hyejin and Sunyoung had figured these out, I started to ask questions like: “Wie viele Waffeln sind das?” (“How many waffles are there?” – we were eating waffles and chocolate with our lemon tea… mmmmhhh), or “Wie viele Katzen sind hier?” (“How many cats are here?” – as there are three cats in my apartement). Hyejin and Sunyoung tried to answer my questions in German and that actually worked really well. They still checked the note to remember the correct pronunciation, but after some ten to twenty minutes they started to remember them by heart.

We also discussed numbers in different languages – at least Finnish, Korean, Arabic and Japanese. It’s quite surprising how different the numbers are in all those languages. But luckily there are only that many numbers, so they may not take too much time to learn.

Of course, we didn’t only talk about numbers, we also went through the things I teached in our last meetings, so they won’t be forgotten.

I’m looking forward to seeing how much Hyejin and Sunyoung remember after the autumn break – or how much more they have learned. I was really surprised how well they remember some basic sentences and the pronunciation has improved as well!

But – that’s it from this meeting.

Here the German numbers for you to review if you are interested:

1     Eins
2     Zwei
3    Drei
4    Vier
5    Fünf
6    Sechs
7    Sieben
8     Acht
9     Neun
10   Zehn
11   Elf
12    Zwölf
13    Dreizehn   (and from here on to 19, you just add -zehn in the end. Exceptions are: Sechzehn (no ‘s’) and Siebzehn (the ‘en’ goes missing)

20   Zwanzig
30   Dreißig
40   Vierzig  (and you’ll probably guess how the rest is working…)

100  (Ein)hundert

And one example for big numbers: 375 Dreihundertfünfundsiebzig or 498 Vierhundertachtundneunzig

This actually reminded me, that we didn’t include the zero 0 in our numberlesson. I will save it for next time. And until then – Tschüssi! 🙂

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