Numbers in Spanish

This free audio lesson is all about numbers in Spanish. Learn how to say Spanish numbers from 0 to 1,000,000!  Learning your numbers in Spanish is an essential part of the language.

How to pronounce numbers in Spanish

Here are some of the first 10 Spanish numbers to get you started. Further on in this lesson we will look at the pronunciation of these and more Spanish numbers.
 

  • cero - 0
  • uno - 1
  • dos - 2
  • tres - 3
  • cuatro - 4
  • cinco - 5
  • seis - 6
  • siete - 7
  • ocho - 8
  • nueve - 9

Numbers in Spanish: 0 to 35

cero

0

uno

1

dos

2

tres

3

cuatro

4

cinco

5

seis

6

siete

7

ocho

8

nueve

9

diez

10

once

11

doce

12

trece

13

catorce

14

quince

15

dieciséis

16

diecisiete

17

dieciocho

18

diecinueve

19

veinte

20

veintiuno

21

veintidós

22

veintitrés

23

veinticuatro

24

veinticinco

25

veintiséis

26

veintisiete

27

veintiocho

28

veintinueve

29

treinta

30

treinta y uno

31

treinta y dos

32

treinta y tres

33

treinta y cuatro

34

treinta y cinco

35

Por ejemplo:

Masculine and Feminine Numbers in Spanish

You don’t have to worry about gender with Spanish numbers 90% of the time. However, if you are talking about one thing, or are using a number that ends in 1, you need to change the ending to reflect the gender of the noun that the number is describing.

If a number ends in 1, change the ending according to whether or not the number is referring to a masculine or feminine noun. (The ending will only change according to gender, not by whether the noun is singular or plural.)

• “un” for masculine, e.g. un perro, un año, un lápiz
• “una” for feminine, e.g. una vaca, una flor, una chica

Por ejemplo:

1. Eduardo tiene treinta y un años de edad.
- (Edward is thirty-one years old.)
2. Necesito veintiuna invitaciones más.
- (I need twenty-one more invitations.)

However … if you want to talk about the number 1 (or 21 or 31) on its own (i.e., as a numerical term rather than a quantity), you will not have to worry about gender. You will simply use “uno.” For example, if you want to say that 20 + 1 = 21, you will say:

  • Veinte más uno son veintiuno.

Spanish Numbers from 36 to 102

treinta y seis

36

treinta y siete

37

treinta y ocho

38

treinta y nueve

39

cuarenta

40

cuarenta y uno

41

cincuenta

50

sesenta

60

setenta

70

ochenta

80

noventa

90

cien

100

ciento uno

101

ciento dos

102

Once you master the basic pattern, you can construct any number. For example, how would you say 135? Simply remember: 135 = 100 + 30 + “and” + 5.

  • Ciento + treinta + y + cinco = ciento treinta y cinco

Although the number 100 is cien, any number between 101 and 199 starts with ciento.

  • 199 = ciento + noventa + y + nueve = ciento noventa y nueve

Asking How Much? or How Many? in Spanish

In Spanish, the question How many? is asked with one simple word:

  • ¿Cuántos?

If you are asking how many oranges (las naranjas) there are, however, you must ask, ¿Cuántas? as oranges are feminine.

If you want to know how much something costs (el costo), ask: ¿Cuánto cuesta? Can you guess why you use cuánto instead of cuántos Here’s a hint: is el costo singular or plural?

A response to How many? will often begin There are…. For example,

  • How many (orange are there)? - ¿Cuántas (naranjas hay)?
  • There are 10 oranges. - Hay diez naranjas.

Fortunately, in Spanish there is no difference between there is and there are. You can say both of them with a single word:

  • hay

You can also use hay to ask the questions: Is there? or Are there?

Por ejemplo:

You may also be interested to know that the words unos and unas can also mean “some.” For example:

  • Tengo unas flores.I have some flowers.
  • Quiero unos pantalones. - I want some pants.

Spanish Numbers from 101

Be careful … some of these numbers can be tricky.

Unlike English, you do not say “one thousand” for the number 1000 in Spanish (un mil is incorrect), but simply use the word mil.

Also note that when you get to the thousands, the word for “thousand” in Spanish, mil, does not have a separate plural form. Two thousand is dos mil, NOT ‘dos miles.’

The only time mil is used in its plural form (miles) is when you talk about “thousands” of something in general, using it in the sense of “many” rather than any particular number. For example,

  • Hay miles de peces en el mar. - There are thousands of fish in the sea.
  • Tengo un millón doscientos mil quinientos pesos en el banco. - I have 1,200,500 pesos in the bank.
  • Hay cincuenta mil automóviles en la carretera. - There are 50,000 automobiles on the highway.
  • En Chile hay más o menos trece millones de habitantes. - In Chile, there are more or less 13,000,000 inhabitants.

ciento uno

101

ciento dos

102

ciento diez

110

ciento cincuenta

150

Doscientos

200

quinientos

500

setecientos

700

novecientos

900

mil

1000

mil cien

1100

dos mil

2000

tres mil

3000

cinco mil

5000

cien mil

100,000

quinientos mil

500,000

un millón (de)

1,000,000

dos millones (de)

2,000,000

cien millones (de)

100,000,000

Gender of Spanish numbers

Not only will you continue to change the gender of numbers ending in 1 when used as a quantity, you will also change the gender of numbers ending in –tos (i.e. the hundreds) to reflect the noun they describe.

Por ejemplo:

El rancho tiene cuatrocientas vacas.

The ranch has four hundred cows.

Hay dos cientas niñas en la escuela.

There are two hundred girls in the school.

Manejamos seiscientos clientes en mi compañía.

We manage six hundred clients in my company.

Reverse Punctuation: How to Write Large Spanish Numbers

If you are in Spain and about to write down a number for some Spanish friends, you need to be careful with your punctuation! Periods and commas are reversed in Spanish numbers. For example, if you want to tell them that something costs $12,870.65, you need to write it down as $12.870,65.

Although some parts of the Spanish-speaking world do follow the American convention, it helps to know that €99,95 is not a typo in Spain, so don’t go looking for a missing final digit!

Here are a few recommended Spanish lessons to try next!

See you soon!  ¡Hasta pronto!

Mauricio
Mauricio Evlampieff
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