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Uno, Due, Tre! Teaching Children Numbers in Italian

written by: Jacqueline Chinappi • edited by: Rebecca Scudder • updated: 2/14/2012

This lesson will help teach young students the numbers in Italian. The numbers one to one hundred will be taught with the help of audio files, worksheets, and fun exercises. After this lesson, children should be able to recite the numbers on their own.

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    From this lesson plan, which requires that you implement this exercise in increments of 10, your students should start to memorize and learn their Italian numbers. Don't worry if you are teaching children who are on the younger side and are still learning the numbers in their native language, because this would be a great time to integrate their Italian counterparts as well.

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    Italian Numbers

    1. Print out worksheet located in media files which will show the numbers one to one hundred, how to say it in Italian, and how to say it in English. This worksheet is to be studied pretty much over and over again. This is how you will start teaching your child the Italian numbers. This is going to be a very repetitive first part of the lesson, almost like drilling the numbers into your child’s head. It may be best to teach the child in groups of ten.

    2. Explain pronunciations to the children.

    • If the word –tre comes at the end of a number such as ventitre, the tre will have an accent over the e.
    • Another good rule to know is that venti, trenta, quaranta, cinquanta, sessanta, settanta, ottanta, novanta, and cento drop the last vowel before adding on –uno or –otto. Examples: Ventuno, & Trentotto.

    3. After you have practiced with worksheet one, go here where the child will learn how to pronounce each number correctly in the Italian language.

    4. Have student practice pronouncing the numbers in Italian, with the help of the audio files in step 2.

    5. If the child is old enough have them practice writing the numbers in Italian. This task will help them with the last worksheet of the lesson.

    6. Print out worksheet located in media files, which is a mathematical worksheet. This worksheet will ask question such as “Write out the number in Italian" or “tredici + ________ = settantotto".

    After this lesson children should understand and recognize the numbers in Italian. Our next lesson will focus on animals in the Italian language.

    All worksheets for this lesson are found in the media files.

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    Beginning Grammar

    This series is now continuing with an article on using pronouns and the verb “piacere", meaning like, with the vocabulary learned so far.

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    Additional reading

    You may also be interested in reading:

    Learn Cardinal and Ordinal Numbers in Italian

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