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Memorising Numbers

For most of it, I'm alright at remembering vocab in a language. However, I always struggle with learning numbers. German, I managed to learn to count to 1000 in 5 minutes but I still had trouble processing it quickly. I'm going to Spain in 3 weeks and my numbers are quite bad in Spanish. And if I was to use my Spanish there and I haven't a good knowledge of numbers, I feel like it won't look awfully good.

So is there any good methods for memorising numbers? I know the basics of trying to say random numbers but I'd like to know if there's a better method to drill it in so I can think and say numbers as fast as I can with other words.

Thanks for your time and any help is appreciated :)

March 20, 2017



I would say the numbers every day before you go to bed and when you wake up in the morning. Each day pick a few new numbers to go through continuously throughout the day and have them on a small slip of paper!


Practice counting backwards from 100 in the new language, then see if you can do it by 3's. That's a trick that is often used to catch people who are not speaking their native language.


My native language is English, and I just tried counting back from 200 by 3s, and it was way too hard. Guess I need to brush up my English, huh? /s


:-) If you think that's hard, try counting backwards reducing the quantity by 17 each time!


play childrens games in Spanish about numbers. I found it very helpful


Numbers are among the first things you learn in your native language as a child and they can become very hard-wired. If a language "organises" its numbers differently (like German: Who on earth came up with the idea that 143,254 should read "Hundred three and forty-thousand, two hundred four and fifty"? Ouch! :-)), even professional interpreters find translating numbers in real-time quite challenging.

I don't know any secrets to mastering numbers, but if it is any encouragement, you could be learning Japanese, which groups numbers in fours (so that 143,254 comes out as as "Fourteen ten-thousands, three thousand two hundred fifty-four", in in Khmer, which counts up to 20 in base five (so that "19" is read "ten-five-four"...after 20, Khmer uses Thai numbers. :-)

Bonne Courage!


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