Numbers in Arabic

This free audio lesson on numbers in Arabic is essential stuff for your Arabic language survival kit! Whether you're going to the market for groceries, need to tell someone your age, or want to pass on your phone number, knowing your numbers and being able to count is essential in all cultures.

Note: In this lesson all gender specific words and sentences are in the masculine form.

Let's talk numbers in Arabic

1 to 10 in Arabic


Let’s start with the basics - numbers 1-10 (١,٢,٣,٤,٥,٦,٧,٨,٩, and ١٠) 

واحد

Wa7ed

One

اتنين

Etneyn

Two

تلاتة

Talata

Three

ستة

Setta

Six

اربعة

Arba3a

Four

خمسة

7'amsa

Five

سابعة

Sab3a

Seven

تمانية

Tamanya

Eight

تسعة

Tes3a

Nine

عشرة

3ashara

Ten

Counting in Arabic is pretty straightforward. There are, however, rules that must be followed, particularly with the higher numbers like the ones we cover now! We'll begin with smaller numbers before moving on to multiples of large numbers.

11 to 20 in Arabic

حداشر

7edashur

11

اتناشر

etnashur

12

تلتاشر

tlatashur

13

اربعتاشر

arba3tashur

14

خمستاشر

7'amastashur

15

ستاشر

settashur

16

سبعتاشر

saba3tashur

17

تمنتاشر

tmantashur

18

تسعتاشر

tesa3tashur

19

عشرين

3eshreen

20

Multiples of 10

Now for multiples of 10 in Arabic:

عشره

3ashrah

10

عشرين

3eshreen

20

تلاتين

talateen

30

اربعين

Arb3een

40

خمسين

7'amsieen

50

ستين

setteen

60

سبعين

Sab3een

70

تمانين

tamneen

80

تسعه

Tes3een

90

ميا

meyya

100

Using these numbers and the basic pattern, can you construct some of your own? Try practicing with these:

خمسه و عشرين

7'amsah wa 3eshreen

25 (5+20)

تمانيه و عشرين

tamanyah wa 3eshreen

28 (8+20)

واحد و تلاتين

Wa7ed wa talateen

31 (1+30)

تسعه و تلاتين

Tes3ah wa talateen

39 (9+30)

اربعه و اربعين

Arba3ah wa arb3een

44 (4+40)

خمسه و اربعين

7'amsah wa arb3een

45 (5+40)

خمسه و ستين

7'amsa wa setteen

65 (5+60)

خمسه و سبعين

7'amsa wa sab3een

75 (5+70)

واحد و سبعين

Wa7ed wa sab3een

71 (1+70)

تسعه و سبعين

Tes3ah wa sab3een

79 (9+70)

How did you go? Once you've mastered this pattern you'll be able to construct any number under 100.

Numbers over 100

ميا و واحد

Meyya wa wa7ed

101

ميا و اتنين

Meyya wa etneyn

102

ميا و عشرين

Meyya wa 3eshreen

120

ميا اتنين و عشرين

meyya etneyn wa 3eshreen

122

When talking about numbers between 100 and 999 always start with the multiple of 100 and then read the last two digits starting from the right, like this:

ميه خمسة و تلاتين

Meyah 7’amsa wa talatin

135 (100+5+30)

متين سبعة و اربعين

Metyn sab3a wa arb3in

247 (200+7+40)

تلتمية تسعة و سبعين

Toltomeyah tis3a wa sab3in

379 (300+9+70)

Now for some multiples of 100 and 1000:

متين

mteyn

200

تلتميه

toltomeyyah

300

ربعميه

Robo3omeyyah

400

خمسوميه

7'omsomeyyah

500

ستوميه

sottomeyyah

600

سبعوميه

Sob3omeyyah

700

تمنوميه

tomnomeyyah

800

تسعوميه

Tos3omeyyah

900

الف

alf

1000

الفين

alfeen

2000

تلتلاف

talatalaf

3000

اربعتلاف

arba3talaf

4000

خمستالاف

7'amastalaf

5000

ستلاف

settalaf

6000

سبعتلاف

saba3talaf

7000

تمنتلاف

tmantalaf

8000

تسعتلاف

tesa3talaf

9000

مليون

millioon

1000000

Follow the same pattern when counting in the thousands -

الفين تمنمية تسعه و ستين

Alfin tomnomia tis3a wa setin

2869 (2000+800+9+60)

سبع تالاف ستميه تلاته و عشرين

Saba3 talaf sotomeya talata wa 3eshrin

7623 (7000+600+3+20)

خمس تلاف واحد و اربعين

7’ams talaf wa7id wa arb3in

5041 (5000+1+40)

Whew! That's a lot of numbers to take in at once! Remember to practice your counting in your everyday life, like when counting change or reading street addresses. Good luck!

Here are a few recommended Arabic lessons to try next!

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Amira Zaki
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