Counting to 1000 in Greek

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If you don’t want to spend time memorizing lists of vocabulary, you should really make an exception for learning the numbers. Being comfortable with the numbers is one of the most useful skills you could acquire. Numbers come in handy when making purchases, telling the time, reading signs, listening to the radio, watching television or movies, and much more. In the English language, we are so familiar and comfortable with the numbers that we may not realize how important they really are!

Learning How to Count to 1000 in Greek

In a previous article, we talked about how to count from 0 to 100 in Greek. Here’s a review:

  • 1 – ένα – ena
  • 2 – δύο – thio (th pronounced like “the”)
  • 3 – τρία – tria
  • 4 – τέσσερα – tessera
  • 5 – πέντε – pendi
  • 6 – έξι – exi
  • 7 – εφτά – efta
  • 8 – οχτώ – ochto
  • 9 – εννιά – ennea
  • 10 – δέκα – theka (th pronounced like “the”)
  • 11 – έντεκα – endeka
  • 12 – δώδεκα – thotheka (th pronounced like “the”))
  • 13 – δεκατρία – thekatria (th pronounced like “the”)
  • 14 – δεκατέσσερα – thekatria (th pronounced like “the”)
  • 15 – δεκαπέντε – thekapende (th pronounced like “the”)
  • 16 – δεκαέξι – thekaexi (th pronounced like “the”)
  • 17 – δεκαεπτά – thekaepta (th pronounced like “the”)
  • 18 – δεκαοχτώ – thekaochto (th pronounced like “the”)
  • 19 – δεκαεννέα – thekaennea (th pronounced like “the”)
  • 20 – είκοσι – ikosi
  • 30 – τριάντα – trianda
  • 40 – σαράντα – saranda
  • 50 – πενήντα – peninda
  • 60 – εξήντα – exinda
  • 70 – εβδομήντα – evthoninda
  • 80 – ογδόντα – ogthonda
  • 90  – ενενήντα – eneninda
  • 100 – εκατό – ekato

As you learned in that article, there is a pattern to counting, which means that the amount of vocabulary you need to learn isn’t as bad as it seems. The pattern continues as you get up into the higher numbers. Here are some examples:

  • 101 – εκατό ένα – ekato ena
  • 111 – εκατό έντεκα – ekato endeka
  • 150 – εκατό πενήντα – ekato peninda
  • 162 – εκατό εξήντα δύο – exato exinda thio

Can you see the pattern above? The same pattern is followed for numbers in the 200’s, 300’s, 400’s, 500’s, all the way up to 1000. Here are the missing vocabulary words you will need to count up to 1000:

  • 200 – διακόσια. – thiakosia
  • 300 – τριακόσια – triakosia
  • 400 – τετρακόσια – tetrakosia
  • 500 – πεντακόσια – pendakosia
  • 600 – εξακόσια – eksakosia
  • 700 – επτακόσια/ εφτακόσια – eptakosia/ eftakosia
  • 800 – οκτακόσια/ οχτακόσια – oktakosia/ ochtakosia
  • 900 – εννιακόσια – enniakosia
  • 1000 – χίλια – chilia

Although it’s worthwhile to spend extra time learning these words, your study time will pay off while speaking the language. Not only that but there is a pattern to the numbers, so you won’t need to learn as much vocabulary as you think.


The Learn Greek section on GreekBoston.com was written by Greeks to help people understand the conversational basics of the Greek language. This article is not a substitute for a professional Greek learning program, but a helpful resource for people wanting to learn simple communication in Greek.

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