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A1.2 Romanian numbers eleven (11) to one hundred (100)

In lesson A0.8 Romanian numbers you have learned the Romanian numbers from zero to ten.
In this lesson you are going to learn how to count to one hundred in Romanian. It will help you while shopping in Romanian, writing down an Romanian address, or a phone number. Or maybe you would like to become an Romanian accountant :).

In this lesson you will study:

  • the Romanian numbers from 11 to 20
  • the Romanian numbers form 21 to 30
  • the numbers 40, 50, 60, 70,80 ,90 and 100

How to count in Romanian from eleven (11) to twenty (20)

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eleven

unsprezece

/'un.spre.zeʧe/

twelve

doisprezece

/'doi.spre.ze.t͡ʃe/

thirteen

treisprezece

/'trej.spre.ze.ʧe/

fourteen

paisprezece

/'paj.spre.ze.ʧe/

fifteen

cincisprezece

/'ʧinʧj.spre.ze.ʧe/

sixteen

șaisprezece

/'ʃaj.spre.ze.ʧe/

seventeen

șaptesprezece

/'ʃap.te.spre.ze.ʧe/

eighteen

optsprezece

/'opt.spre.ze.ʧe/

nineteen

nouăsprezece

/'no.wə.spre.ze.ʧe/

twenty

douăzeci

/do.wə'zeʧʲ/

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How to count in Romanian from twenty one (21) to thirty (30)

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Twenty one

Douăzeci și unu

/do.wə'zeʧʲ ʃi 'u.nu/

Twenty two

Douăzeci și doi

/do.wə'zeʧʲ ʃi doj/

Twenty three

Douăzeci și trei

/do.wə'zeʧʲ ʃi trej/

Twenty four

Douăzeci și patru

/do.wə'zeʧʲ ʃi 'pa.tru/

Twenty five

Douăzeci și cinci

/do.wə'zeʧʲ ʃi ʧinʧʲ/

Twenty six

Douăzeci și șase

/do.wə'zeʧʲ ʃi 'ʃa.se/

Twenty seven

Douăzeci și șapte

/do.wə'zeʧʲ ʃi 'ʃa.pte/

Twenty eight

Douăzeci și opt

/do.wə'zeʧʲ ʃi opt/

Twenty nine

Douăzeci și no

/do.wə'zeʧʲ ʃi 'no.wə/

Thirty

Treizeci

/trej'zeʧʲ/

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How to say the Romanian numbers from forty (40) to one hundred (100)

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Forty

Patruzeci

/pa.tru'zeʧʲ/

Fifty

Cincizeci

/ʧinʧʲ'zeʧʲ/

Sixty

Șaizeci

/ʃaj'zeʧʲ/

Seventy

Șaptezeci

/ʃap.te'zeʧʲ/

Eighty

Optzeci

/opt'zeʧʲ/

Ninety

Nouăzeci

/no.wə.zeʧʲ/

One hundred

O su

/o 'su.tə/

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To reach the Romanian numbers e.g. 43 or 67 you will need to follow the same pattern: 40 and 3, 60 and 7.
If you are not sure how to say it in Romanian just drop us a comment at the bottom of this page. We'll be happy to answer.


7 comments

Add numbers from 20 to 30

Hi,
Thank you for this Romanian lesson on numbers. Would it be possible to add the numbers from 20 to 30?
Thanks

Romanian numbers

Hi,

I have added the Romanian numbers from 20 to 100 on top of the existing ones from 11 to 20.
You might be interested in the Romanian numbers exercises at the end of the lesson.

Enjoy it!

Short forms

I often hear short forms of numbers above ten, such as "nouășpe lei și patrușcinci de bani" in shops. It's a little confusing, but you need to recognize these forms even if you don't use them yourself.
Nitpick (English teacher here): "ninety" keeps the 'e'. When we write the ordinal number "ninth" however, the 'e' disappears. I don't know why; English is weird.

Colloquial Romanian - Street Language

Hi,

You are right in saying that spoken Romanian, as any other language differs from written Romanian. I'll add the most common colloquial forms of the numbers including pronunciation. While the above forms (e.g. unsprezece) are the correct ones, that are accepted in writing as well as formal situations, the colloquial forms are used by many native speakers this is why I agree with you that it is important to be able to recognize them. However they are not correct from a Romanian vocabulary point of view, you won't find them in a Romanian dictionary(unless it has colloquial forms).

Here is a list:
11 - unșpe
12 - doișpe
13 - treișpe
14 - paișpe
15 - cinșpe
16 - șaișpe
17 - șaptișpe
18 - optișpe
19 - nouășpe
20 - douăzeci (this is the same form as the normal written one)

There are also a few variations of the above colloquial forms, but they are less used.

I'll do my best to add the audio of these colloquial forms asap. I'll try to finish the pronunciation lessons (the one with the combined vowels) first.

Street Language for Numbers in Romanian

When learning or when I went to Romania earlier this year, I used more of the street language for numbers in Romanian, especially 11-19 (unșpe, doișpe ...) because it is shorter and easier to say and pronounce in daily life. Correct me if I'm wrong because I also do this way with 21, 22, 37, 56, 83 ... that I get rid of "și" (meaning "and") and just saying for example douăzeci unu (21), douăzeci doi (22) instead of saying douăzeci și unu (21) and seemed to be fine as well. Though grammatically or in written form, it does look weird because I'm used to writing "și", but in spoken form, not using "și", at least for me, wasn't a problem.

Thank you for sharing your

Thank you for sharing your feedback,
You are right, on the street the colloquial Romanian can be applied. One would pronounce 21 in Romanian as "douășunu" in one word, thus removing the "zeci" from the written form, not the "și". "și", actually just the "ș" must remain. You cannot remove ''ș" completely, you cannot say "douăunu" as this would be translated as "twoone". Eventually native Romanians would understand that what you mean by two and one is actually twenty one, but from a language point of view in the colloquial/street Romanian version you need to add the "ș".

To give you a few other examples
paișpe 14
treișpatru 34
patrușcinci 45
șaișapte 67

The above is just the phonetical transcription as in writting unless you are writing to friends that will forgive you :) , this is not correct and considered to be poor Romanian. In writing unless you are asked to spell it out you can always write it as a number 21.

If you have any other questions just let me know.
Happy to help!

Thanks

Thanks for all the time you put into this. This reminds me of a lesson I was supposed to give at someone's house. He gave me his address using one of those colloquial forms, and it was over the phone which made it even harder. When I found his apartment in the freezing cold he wasn't even there! Living in Romania has its challenges but I love it! An interesting time to be here right now too.

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