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Learn Russian Numbers: How to Count from 1 to 1,000



Numbers are used in many situations: We use them to specify the date and time and to calculate sums of money. That’s why numbers are an essential part of any language learning process. This article will help you learn numbers in Russian step by step. You will be able to go shopping, take the right bus, talk about time, and more.


You can also work with a Russian teacher to practice counting in Russian.


Russian Numbers: 0 to 10

You need to remember these eleven Russian numbers, because the whole counting system is based on them.

  • 0 – ноль (nol’)

  • 1 – один (odin)

  • 2 – два (dva)

  • 3 – три (tri)

  • 4 – четыре (chetyre)

  • 5 – пять (pyat’)

  • 6 – шесть (shest’)

  • 7 – семь (sem’)

  • 8 – восемь (vosem’)

  • 9 – девять (devyat’)

  • 10 – десять (desyat’)

Russian Numbers: 11 to 19

There’s a rule that will help you remember how to count from 11 to 19: You just need to add –надцать (natsat’) after the numbers from 1 to 10, like so:

  • 11 – одиннадцать (odinatsat’)

  • 12 – двенадцать (dvenatsat’)

  • 13 – тринадцать (trinatsat’)

  • 14 – четырнадцать (chetyrnatsat’)

  • 15 – пятнадцать (pyatnatsat’)

  • 16 – шестнадцать (shestnatsat’)

  • 17 – семнадцать (semnatsat’)

  • 18 – восемнадцать (vosemnatsat’)

  • 19 – девятнадцать (devyatnatsat’)

Counting by Tens in Russian

Unfortunately, counting by tens is not that simple, and the endings of numbers differ between –дцать (tsat’) and –десят (desyat), with some exceptions.

  • 20 – двадцать (dvatsat’)

  • 30 – тридцать (tritsat’)

  • 40 – сорок (sorok)

  • 50 – пятьдесят (pyat’desyat)

  • 60 – шестьдесят (shest’desyat)

  • 70 – семьдесят (sem’desyat)

  • 80 – восемьдесят (vosem’desyat)

  • 90 – девяносто (devyanosto)

Russian Numbers: 21 to 99

All the numbers from 21 to 29, from 31 to 39, etc. follow the same pattern, which is the same as in English. First, you say “twenty,” for example, and then you just add a single-digit number, such as “one.” Here are some examples:

  • 21 – двадцать один (dvatsat’ odin)

  • 22 – двадцать два (dvatsat’ dva)

  • 29 – двадцать девять (dvatsat’ devyat’)

  • 35 – тридцать пять (tritsat’ pyat’)

  • 48 – сорок восемь (sorok vosem’)

Counting by Hundreds

Let’s learn to count to 1,000 in Russian. Please note that you can say “одна тысяча” or just “тысяча,” simply omitting the word for “one.” This is like saying “a thousand” to mean “one thousand” in English.

  • 100 – сто (sto)

  • 200 – двести (dvesti)

  • 300 – триста (trista)

  • 400 – четыреста (chetyresta)

  • 500 – пятьсот (pyat’sot)

  • 600 – шестьсот (shest’sot)

  • 700 – семьсот (sem’sot)

  • 800 – восемьсот (vosem’sot)

  • 900 – девятьсот (devyat’sot)

  • 1,000 – одна тысяча (odna tysyacha)

Other Large Numbers

Here are some other large numbers you might need:

  • 1,000,000 – миллион (million)

  • 1,000,000,000 – миллиард (milliard)

Learning Russian numbers may seem difficult at first, but a journey of one thousand (одна тысяча) miles starts with a single step, people say. Work with a Russian tutor and make the journey to fluency in the Russian language easier and faster.

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