Numbers in Spanish from 1-1000

spanish verbs listLearning numbers in any language is a fun exercise. It’s interesting and illuminating to see how people comprehend numbers in a language you aren’t native in because it actually aids us in our thinking and problem solving. Knowing different ways to write and read numbers also can be helpful across disciplines, especially as our world becomes more and more interconnected.

This class Communicating in Spanish will arm you with the knowledge (including counting) you need to get started in the second most spoken language in the world.

It’s not too difficult to pick up counting in Spanish, and if you’ve seen any Sesame Street or Dora the Explorer at any length, you’ve probably picked up some already.

But we aren’t children anymore (sadly), and Muppets or singing backpacks are probably a bit too distracting or annoying for our needs. We need a bit more meat when it comes to learning a language besides simple hear-and-repeat exercises. There’s a great write up on our own blog covering some of the best ways to learn Spanish if you need a few pointers on what can aid your language acquisition.

If you want to dive in to the numbers and counting, then read on.

From 1 to 20

Here are the numbers from 1 up to 20

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

After 15 it sounds a lot like 10 plus a number

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

20 to 29

20 is a new number, veinte

After that, it’s veinti- and another number

21 – veintiuno
22 – veintidós
23 – veintitres
24 – veinticuatro
and so on…

30 to 99

For the multiples of 10, the rule changes just a bit. Lets cover those numbers first.

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

To say these numbers that fall between those multiples of 10, you add ‘y’ (and)
For example:

31 treinta y uno

Basically ‘thirty and one’. All the numbers after 30 that don’t fall on a multiple of ten follow this rule.

44 – cuarenta y cuatro
67 – sesenta y siete
52 – cincuenta y dos

Here’s 81-89 to cement the idea.

ochenta y uno
ochenta y dos
ochenta y tres
ochenta y cuatro
ochenta y cinco
ochenta y seis
ochenta y siete
ochenta y ocho
ochenta y nueve

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100 and beyond

When we reach 100 we say ciento. Following that, it’s just one hundred and the next number.

101 ciento uno
102 ciento dos
103 ciento tres
104 ciento cuatro
and so on…

and just like the numbers 31 to 99 using ‘y’ (and) between them and the smaller number (e.g. 31 treinta y uno), you still follow that rule throughout the hundreds.

143 – ciento cuarenta y tres
179 – ciento setenta y nueve
196 – ciento noventa y seis
155 – ciento cincuenta y cinco

Here are the other hundreds. Notice most sound like the number of hundreds it’s counting, with just a couple of exceptions.

200 – doscientos
300 – trescientos
400 – cuatrocientos
500 – quinientos (doesn’t sound like 5 but does sound like quince)
600 – seiscientos
700 – setecientos (like setenta)
800 – ochocientos
900 – novecientos (like noventa)

Knowing this, you can say any number between 101 and 999

365 – trescientos sesenta y cinco
501 – quinientos uno
824 – ochocientos veinte y cuatro
999 – novecientos noventa y nueve

A few more things

For 1000 the number is mil. Zero is cero.

When you use the number 100 for counting, like 100 pens, you use the word cien. So 100 pens is cien plumas.

cien libros
cien zapatas

Also, hundreds from 200 on will take the masculine or feminine ending to match the word it is measuring, like the number 1 (uno) does.

Doscientas plumas
Trescientos articulos

There you have the numbers you need to count from 0 to 1000. Whether or not you’ll actually count straight through is another matter, but it is useful, especially when talking about quantities and understanding them.

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Another class that has a similar scope, but is a bit more intensive, is Conversational Spanish I: Spanish basic sentence patterns. This can bolster your knowledge of counting acquired reading this article and push it forward to quick fluency through practice and repetition.

Whatever you do, learn those numbers and how to count or if you decide to sign up and take a class, buena suerte!