Spanish Numbers


In this lesson you will learn all about Spanish numbers and how to form Spanish numbers 0-1000.


We use numbers all the time in our day-to-day lives when telling the time, talking about the cost of an item, reading an address or a in any myriad of other scenarios. Learning numbers in Spanish will open up a lot of communication. 

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Learning Spanish numbers is like building a tower. Let’s start with our base:

Even though it is rare to spell out a number in written form, this will help you with saying them aloud which is done all the time!
  • 0 – cero
  • 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

Now, we will add a bit more to our numbers for 16-20. These will all start with the prefix dieci. This prefix is a combination of the word for “ten” (diez) and a version of the word for “and” (y).

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

Time for the next set! The 20’s will all start with a prefix as well but it will change to veinti. This prefix is a combination of the word for “twenty” (veinte) and a version of the word for “and” (y).

  • 20 – veinte
  • 21 – veintiuno
  • 22 – veintidós
  • 23 – veintitrés
  • 24 – veinticuatro
  • 25 – veinticinco
  • 26 – veintiséis
  • 27 – veintisiete
  • 28 – veintiocho
  • 29 – veintinueve

Then the pattern changes and the numbers are all three words each:  10’s place + “y” + ones place

For example: 31- treinta y uno

30 – treinta

31 – treinta y uno

32 – treinta y dos

33 – treinta y tres

34 – treinta y cuatro

35 – treinta y cinco

and so on…

40 – cuarenta

41 – cuarenta y uno

42 – cuarenta y dos

43 – cuarenta y tres

44 – cuarenta y cuatro

45 – cuarenta y cinco

and son on… 

50 – cincuenta

60 – sesenta

70 – setenta

80 – ochenta

90 – noventa

Now for the 100’s place!
We’re going to use the word “ciento” and then add the next number afterward.

100 – cien

101 – ciento uno

102 – ciento dos

103 – ciento tres

104 – ciento cuatro

and so on…

We will do this for the rest of the 100’s. Here are the other hundred’s places: 

200 – doscientos

300 – trescientos

400 – cuatrocientos

500 – quinientos

600 – seiscientos

700 – setecientos

800 – ochocientos

900 – novecientos*1000 – mil

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Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

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