Numbers in Spanish: A Quick Guide

by Patricia Mendez on Wednesday, October 30, 2019

We use numbers to count and sort things. When we count, we use cardinal numbers (1, 2, 3, 4…) but when we want to indicate the order of an element within a series, we use ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th…)

In this post, we will learn how to form cardinal numbers and, especially, how to write them properly. Keep on reading in Spanish if you want to get the full immersion experience!

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cero

Spelled with a c, not with a z (as in other languages)

1

uno

Do not confuse the number (uno) with the indefinite article (un, una)

2

dos

3

tres

4

cuatro

5

cinco

6

seis

7

siete

8

ocho

9

nueve

Watch out! A common mistake is mixing up nueve, nuevo and nieve.

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diez

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once

These numbers follow the same pattern, ending in -ce

21

veintiuno

They are all are one-word numbers, following the pattern veinte+y+number

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doce

22

veintidós

13

trece

23

veintitrés

14

catorce

24

veinticuatro

15

quince

25

veinticinco

16

dieciséis

These numbers follow the same pattern: diez+y+number in just one word

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veintiséis

17

diecisiete

27

veintisiete

18

dieciocho

28

veintiocho

19

diecinueve

29

veintinueve

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20

veinte

50

cincuenta

80

ochenta

30

treinta

60

sesenta

90

noventa

40

cuarenta

70

setenta

100

cien

Numbers between 31 and 99 follow the same pattern: tens (30, 40, 50…) + y + units (1, 2, 3…)

31

treinta y uno

64

sesenta y cuatro

97

noventa y siete

42

cuarenta y dos

75

setenta y cinco

53

cincuenta y tres

86

ochenta y seis

From 101 and on, we use the same pattern: hundreds (100, 200, 300...) + number (14, 27, 39…)

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200

doscientos

600

seiscientos

150

ciento cincuenta

300

trescientos

700

setecientos

375

trescientos setenta y cinco

400

cuatrocientos

800

ochocientos

523

quinientos veintitrés

500

quinientos

900

novecientos

748

setecientos cuarenta y ocho

And so on and so forth…

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1000

mil

10000

diez mil

1000000

un millón

2000

dos mil

60000

sesenta mil

5000000

cinco millones

3000

tres mil

100000

cien mil

12500000

doce millones quinientos mil

5000

cinco mil

300000

trescientos mil

20350160

veinte millones trescientos cincuenta mil ciento sesenta

8000

ocho mil

500000

quinientos mil

Many thanks to Ramón, Head of Studies in our Spanish school in Malaga, for sharing this quick guide to Spanish numbers.


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