Spanish Numbers: How to Count in Spanish

Spanish Numbers: How to Count from 0 – 1,000+ in Spanish

By the end of this article, you will know how to write, pronounce and understand Spanish numbers, specifically how to count from 0 – 1,000+ in Spanish!

Learning how to count and say specific numbers is a key part of any language. Not only does it come in handy when quantifying something, but it is also needed when we refer to dates, times, saying how old we are etc…

Learning Spanish can be tough, but learning to count in Spanish is not difficult.

There are certain numbers that you simply need to remember, but the vast majority of numbers in Spanish between 1 – 100 are part of a simple pattern.

So, let’s get going and discover how to count from 0 – 1,000+ in Spanish.

Spanish Numbers 1 – 100

Let’s look at the Spanish numbers 1 to 100. Once you’ve learned these, we’ll explain some ways to remember them.

1 uno 2 dos 3 tres 4 cuatro 5 cinco
6 seis 7 siete 8 ocho 9 nueve 10 diez
11 once 12 doce 13 trece 14 catorce 15 quince
16 dieciséis 17 diecisiete 18 dieciocho 19 diecinueve 20 veinte
21 veintiuno 22 veintidós 23 veintitrés 24 veinticuatro 25 veinticinco
26 veintiséis 27 veintisiete 28 veintiocho 29 veintinueve 30 treinta
31 treinta y uno 32 treinta y dos 33 treinta y tres 34 treinta y cuatro 35 treinta y cinco
36 treinta y seis 37 treinta y siete 38 treinta y ocho 39 treinta y nueve 40 cuarenta
41 cuarenta y uno 42 cuarenta y dos 43 cuarenta y tres 44 cuarenta y cuatro 45 cuarenta y cinco
46 cuarenta y seis 47 cuarenta y siete 48 cuarenta y ocho 49 cuarenta y nueve 50 cincuenta
51 cincuenta y uno 52 cincuenta y dos 53 cincuenta y tres 54 cincuenta y cuatro 55 cincuenta y cinco
56 cincuenta y seis 57 cincuenta y siete 58 cincuenta y ocho 59 cincuenta y nueve 60 sesenta
61 sesenta y uno 62 sesenta y dos 63 sesenta y tres 64 sesenta y cuatro 65 sesenta y cinco
66 sesenta y seis 67 sesenta y siete 68 sesenta y ocho 69 sesenta y nueve 70 setenta
71 setenta y uno 72 setenta y dos 73 setenta y tres 74 setenta y cuatro 75 setenta y cinco
76 setenta y seis 77 setenta y siete 78 setenta y ocho 79 setenta y nueve 80 ochenta
81 ochenta y uno 82 ochenta y dos 83 ochenta y tres 84 ochenta y cuatro 85 ochenta y cinco
86 ochenta y seis 87 ochenta y siete 88 ochenta y ocho 89 ochenta y nueve 90 noventa
91 noventa y uno 92 noventa y dos 93 noventa y tres 94 noventa y cuatro 95 noventa y cinco
96 noventa y seis 97 noventa y siete 98 noventa y ocho 99 noventa y nueve 100 cien

How to Count from 1 – 10 in Spanish

1 – uno
2 – dos
3 – tres
4 – cuatro
5 – cinco
6 – seis
7 – siete
8 – ocho
9 – nueve
10 – diez

How to Count from 11 – 100 in Spanish

This may seem a little overwhelming and a lot to take in at once, but if you look carefully, and watch the video, you will see that most of these numbers are part of a simple pattern.

Firstly, you need to remember:

11 – once

12 – doce

These are nice and simple. They actually rhyme, whether you prefer to pronounce them ‘ontheh’ ‘dothehor ‘onseh’ ‘doseh

The ‘th’ sound is used in Spain (in most parts) and the softer ’s’ pronunciation is used in Latin America (and some parts of Spain).

Teenage numbers in Spanish

After 11 (once) and 12 (doce), there are a few more that, simply put, you just need to remember.

13 – trece

14 – catorce

15 – quince

Again, the pronunciation will depend on your preference.

Then, we have:

16 – dieciseis
17 – diecisiete
18 – dieciocho
19 – diecinueve

By now, you may have already learned the word for 10 – diez, as well as 6 – 9.

If you look carefully, you will see that 16 – 19 are simply 10 + the relevant number.

Look at this:

16 – ten and 6
17 – ten and 7
18 – ten and 8
19 – ten and 9

The next number is:

20 – veinte

Multiples of 10 in Spanish

Once you have learned 0 – 19, I recommend learning the multiples of 10.

So:

20 – veinte
30 – treinta
40 – cuarenta
50 – cincuenta
60 – sesenta
70 – setenta
80 – ochenta
90 – noventa

A Simple Formula. Remember This Pattern

Once you have learned the above to its entirety (I really do recommend learning these numbers first) the rest of the numbers between the multiples of 10 (diez) can be memorised thanks to a simple formula.

Remember what we learned for numbers 16 – 19.

You can take the word for 10 (diez) addy’ (and) followed by the digit.

diez + y + (digit).”

For example:

“diez + y + ocho” = diez y ocho, which contracts to dieciocho.

Think about it – it’s just like English. Six + ten = Sixteen.

Numbers of Above Twenty in Spanish

For numbers above twenty, simply take the the multiples of ten (veinte, treinta, cuarenta, cincuenta, sesenta, setenta, ochenta, noventa) and the smaller number (uno, dos, tres, cuantro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, diez) and add “y” (“and”) in the middle.

For example:

45 = “forty and five” = cuarenta y cinco.
56 = “fifty and six” = cincuenta y seis.
98 = “ninety and eight” = noventa y ocho
72 = “seventy and two” = setenta y dos

A quick tip: As you may have noticed already, sixty and seventy are very similar in Spanish – sesenta – 60 and setenta – 70.

Make sure you remember which one is which early on to avoid confusion later!

Remember also that numbers from 21-29 get contracted into a single word, instead of broken down into 3 separate words like all the others.

So, instead of “veinte y cinco”, it would be “veinticinco”.

There are two important numbers we have not covered:

zero = cero (you will see that these are very similar!)

100 = cien (note the link with English words that resemble this like

century”
centipede”
“percent”

So, by taking the simple steps mentioned above, you’ll have the numbers 1-100 in Spanish memorised in no time!

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Spanish for “One”: Un, Uno, or Una?

If you have been learning Spanish for a while, or if you have been using travel-lingual as a source to learn, then you may have noticed that Spanish doesn’t distinguish betweenoneandain the same way that English does.

Un coche” can mean “a car” or “one car”.

It’s important to note that the word uno changes to match the gender of the noun it describes.

Before a feminine noun, it becomes una.

Before a masculine noun, you drop the o and just use un.

The examples below should be useful for you.

Un coche – a car/one car. Drop the “o” from “uno” because it’s followed by a masculine noun.

Una casa – a house/one house. Change “uno” to “una” because it’s followed by a feminine noun.

Tengo uno – “I have one”. “Uno” is unchanged because it’s not followed by a noun.

¿Hay dudas?” “Sí, hay una.” – “Any doubts?” “Yes, there is one”.

In this case you use una because you’re referring to a duda (doubt), which is a feminine word.

Spanish for 100: Cien or Ciento? Spanish Numbers – Counting from 100 to 199 in Spanish

It is worth remembering at this early stage that the number 100 can be translated into Spanish as either cien or ciento.

There is a difference between the two.

You should use ‘cien’ when there are exactly one hundred of something in quantity.

For example:

Cien coches = one hundred cars
Cien casas = one hundred houses

Ciento’ is used if it is forming a larger number, however.

For example:

‘one hundred and one’ = ciento uno.

Forming large numbers, like the vast majority of numbers in Spanish between 0 – 100, is relatively straightforward.

Again, you are just remembering a simple pattern, or set of rules.

For numbers from 100 to 199, use ciento:

102 = ciento dos

125 = ciento veinticinco

187 = ciento ochenta y siete.

You will see here that we do not add ‘y’ after ciento – it’s ciento dos, not ciento y dos.

Counting from 200 to 999 in Spanish

What about numbers between 200 and 999?

Just as we learnt the multiples of 10 in the first section of this text, we must now learn the multiples of 100.

You will see below that this is really straightforward.

200 = doscientos
300 = trescientos
400 = cuatrocientos
500 = quinientos
600 = seiscientos
700 = setecientos
800 = ochocientos
900 = novecientos

Do You Spot Any Irregularities?

Do you spot any irregularities here?

You may have seen that 500 (quinientos), 700 (setecientos) and 900 (novecientos) have their own pattern.

That is to say, they are not ‘cincocientos’ ‘sietecientos’ and ‘nuevecientos.’

It is definitely worth remembering that these eight Spanish numbers (doscientos, trescientos, cuatrocientos, quinientos, seiscientos, setecientos, ochocientos and novecientos) have masculine and feminine forms.

Therefore, they must agree with the noun:

For example:

setecientas casas = seven hundred houses
ochocientos coches = eight hundred cars

In order to say or spell the Spanish numbers between 200 and 300, all you need to do is follow the same patterns as for 100 (ciento):

201 = doscientos uno
202 = doscientos dos
220 = doscientos veinte
221 = doscientos veintiuno
225 = doscientos veinticinco
238 = doscientos treinta y ocho

Spanish Numbers From 1 Thousand to 1 Million

1,000+

From this point, as you’ve learned every Spanish number up until one thousand, there are only two new words that you will need to learn.

These are mil (1,000) and un millón (1,000,000).

Note that 1,000 is mil, not un mil – whereas for un millón, you can’t leave out the un.

The only time you’ll see un mil is in numbers like treinta y un mil (31,000).

Now, you need to put an un in this number to distinguish it from treinta mil (30,000).

When you’re just talking about 1,000 with nothing theten-thousandscolumn, write mil, with no un.

It is very easy to form new numbers with mil and un millón.

The numbers below provide some examples of this:

1,000 = mil
1,001 = mil uno (not “mil y uno”!)
1,500 = mil quinientos
1,787 = mil setecientos setenta y siete
2,001 = dos mil uno
30,000 = treinta mil
43,000 = cuarenta y tres mil
100,000 = cien mil
583,383 = quinientos ochenta y tres mil trescientos ochenta y tres
1,000,000 = un millón
4,000,000 = cuatro millones
7,493,000 = siete millones cuatrocientos noventa y tres mil
9,651,933 = nueve millones seiscientos cincuenta y un mil novecientos treinta y tres (Now that is a mouthful!)

Finally, note that when you’re using un millón or millones with a noun, you must use de.

For example, “one million cars” is un millón de coches. The literal translation is “one million of cars.”


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