Confusion between Eine Milliarde and Eine billion

I am unsure about the how to say a billion (nine zeros) in German. Is it "eine milliarde" or "eine billion". It would obviously make more sense if it is "eine billion" but I read that a billion is actually the same as a milliard so it is translated into "eine milliarde" . Is this correct? If so what does that make of "eine billion"? Is it a trillion (twelve zeros)? Please could someone explain this to me. Thankyou

August 31, 2017

5 Comments explains it in excruciating detail :).

In short: yes, a German (long scale) billion is indeed an English (short scale) trillion, and a German Milliarde is an English billion. Most European languages use the long scale, and British English used it until the late 20th century.


August 31, 2017

British English used it until the late 20th century.

I still use it; I was taught the long scale. However, I am losing faith in the word 'billion' entirely; I simply tend to specify a thousand million or a million million (or just say 'ten to the nine' or 'ten to the twelve').

August 31, 2017

giga-, tera-, peta-

August 31, 2017

I searched it up and look what I found here -

Hope this helps :)

August 31, 2017

Thanks, the table was really useful and straightforward in answering my question :)

September 1, 2017
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