The Numbers in Spanish

From 0 to 10:

Every number is different and you just need to learn each one individually:

0 = cero

1 = uno

2 = dos

3 = tres

4 = cuatro

5 = cinco

6 = seis

7 = siete

8 = ocho

9 = nueve

10 = diez

 

From 11 to 15:

Every number is still different, but at least there is a trick: all off them end in “ce”.

11 = once

12 = doce

13 = trece

14 = catorce

15 = quince

 

From 16 to 19:

They are still written in one word, and it’s always “dieci_____”:

16 = dieciséis

17 = diecisiete

18 = dieciocho

19 = diecinueve

 

From 20 to 29:

20 is written “veinte”, and the rest are still written in one word, and it’s always “veinti____

20 = veinte

21 = veintiuno

22 = veintidós

23 = veintitrés

24 = veinticuatro

25 = veinticinco

26 = veintiséis

27 = veintisiete

28 = veintiocho

29 = veintinueve

 

From 30 to 99:

You need to learn the words for 30, 40, 50 etc.

When there are also ones in the number, it’s written in 3 words. For example 35 = “thirty and five” = treinta y cinco.

30 = treinta

31 = treinta y uno

32 = treinta y dos

40 = cuarenta

43 = cuarenta y tres

50 = cincuenta

60 = sesenta

70 = setenta

80 = ochenta

90 = noventa

99 = noventa y nueve

 

Exactly 100:

The word “cien” only when it’s exactly one hundred, without tens or units.

100 = cien

 

From 101 to 999

You need to learn the word for every hundred. If there are tens and ones, there is no “y” after the hundreds.

101 = ciento uno

110 = ciento diez

146 = ciento cuarenta y seis.

200 = doscientos

280 = doscientos ochenta

300 = trescientos

388 = trescientos ochenta y ocho

400 = cuatrocientos

500 = quinientos

600 = seiscientos

700 = setecientos

800 = ochocientos

900 = novecientos

999 = novecientos noventa y nueve

 

From 1.000 to 1.999:

it’s always “mil” plus the rest of the number. No “y” after the thousands either:

1.000 = mil

1.003 = mil tres

1.040 = mil cuarenta

1872 = mil ochocientos setenta y dos

 

From 2.000 to 999.999:

The trick is to divide it mentally in two numbers: the number before the point, and the number after the point.

Say those numbers using the system you have learn until this point.

And just add the word “mil” separating the two numbers:

2.000 = dos mil

2.001 = dos mil uno

2.480 = dos mil cuatrocientos ochenta

4.300 = cuatro mil trescientos

37.000 = treinta y siete mil

37.600 = treinta y siete mil seiscientos

125.125 = ciento veinticinco mil ciento veinticinco

472.346 = cuatrocientos setenta y dos mil trescientos cuarenta y seis

999.999 = novecientos noventa y nueve mil novecientos noventa y nueve

 

From one million on:

You just have to say how many millions there are plus whatever comes next. No “y” after the millions either:

1.000.000 = un millón

2.000.000 = dos millones

3.500.000 = tres millones quinientos mil

24.248.248 = veinticuatro millones doscientos cuarenta y ocho mil doscientos cuarenta y ocho

 

Remember, practice makes perfect!

Keep practicing the numbers until you master them! Then you will feel confident and won’t need to make an awkward one minute pause to say a number! Although awkward pauses are not so terrible 🙂