About the Author
I have experience speaking a few different languages, including French, Italian and Spanish. I studied French for four years and have been to France twice. I spent six months in Italy living with a native-speaking family. I have traveled to Mexico four times and on one occasion stayed there for six months. My husband is a native Spanish-speaker and has reviewed this guide to ensure accuracy.
The first step in learning how to count to 100 in Spanish is to learn how to count to 10. Once you have the Spanish numbers memorized up to 10, it will be easy to know how to count up to 100 in Spanish.
There are two different ways that the numbers 16-19 and 21-29 can be written. You will see both ways in the tables that follow. Even though the numbers may be written differently, you pronounce them the same.
This guide is broken down into sections to provide for notes and clarity. I have created a pronunciation guide for each number. Please note that this guide is not official and not as you would find in a dictionary. I did this because I find that many of us, including myself, don't know how to use the official, dictionary type guides. For this reason, my pronunciation guide breaks the words down into their approximate equivalent sounds in English. In my guide, each dash marks a break where you should pronounce each word.
There are some sounds in Spanish that have no equivalent in English. For instance, in Spanish you roll your R's. With a single R, you slightly roll your tongue, just enough to give the word a little bounce. With double RR's, the rolling of the tongue is much more significant. This fact considered, I have done my best find the closest English equivalents. Don't hesitate to leave me a comment if you have any questions and I will help clarify. You might also be interested in learning how to pronounce Spanish letters and sounds in more detail.
How to Count to 10 in Spanish
How to Count 10-19 in Spanish
As mentioned in the beginning of this guide, the numbers 16-19 may be written two different ways, which are both show below. The pronunciation is the same either way it is written.
A Note on Pronouncing V's in Spanish
In Latin American Spanish, V's are pronounced much more subtly than in English. In fact, many times the V sounds more like a soft B. In European Spanish, the V is pronounced as it is in English.
How to Count from 20-29 in Spanish
Just like the numbers 16-19, there are two ways to write the numbers 21-29 in Spanish. Both ways are shown in the table below.
How to Count to 100 in Spanish by 10s
As you probably noticed in the table above that counts to 20, you continue counting in Spanish by simply adding a "y" and then the number. For instance:
- 30 - Treinta
- 31 - Treinta y uno (una)
- 32 - Treinta y dos
- 33 - Treinta y tres
- 46 - Cuarenta y seis
- 58 - Cincuenta y ocho
Once you can count to 20 in Spanish, it is easy to count to 100.
Some Notes on Counting in Spanish
- Numbers ending in the number one agree in gender with the following noun.
- Use "un" instead of "uno" when used before a masculine noun.
- When no masculine noun directly follows, use "uno."
The Spanish numbers from 100 - 1,000 are:
- 100 - cien
- 101 - ciento uno
- 110 - ciento diez
- 154 - ciento cincuenta y cuatro
- 200 - doscientos(as)
- 300 - trescientos(as)
- 400 - cuatrocientos(as)
- 500 - quinientos(as)
- 600 - seiscientos(as)
- 700 - setecientos(as)
- 800 - ochocientos(as)
- 900 - novecientos(as)
- 1,000 - mil
Please leave a comment if you have any questions!
Angeles from Spain on April 10, 2019:
Great work, Jenna! It's a good idea showing the way Spanish numbers are pronounced, according to the English! Just a note: I am from Spain and here we pronounce "V" the same way as "B", as in, for example, "bee". But, this is the standard Spanish pronunciation, as far as I know, as in some areas in Spain "V" could be pronounced is in English "Village", for example.
I think, again, it's a good idea showing how to pronounce Spanish numbers. And, I understand they are not very easy to learn; for example, some Spanish students find so hard to memorize numbers 15 (quince), 50 (cincuenta) and 500 (quinientos)!
Ian on April 27, 2014:
Helpful but there are some typos. You wrote on your table "trenta" instead of "treinta". "seisenta" should be "sesenta", "ventiséis" should be "veintiséis", and "ventisiete' should be "veinteisiete"
Nonetheless, great page!!
Emilyfed on December 07, 2012:
Oh, Jenna its so nice. Maybe you could post French hubs as well and I could learn a lot too.
Jenna Estefan (author) from Seattle, WA on December 06, 2012:
Thanks Emily! I studied French in school and loved it, I still do. My husband's parents don't speak much English so it's been fun learning to speak by practicing with native Spanish-speakers. Thanks for sharing!
Emilyfed on December 06, 2012:
This is awesome. I love reading the Spanish words. Am learning my French lessons which is why I don't want to concentrate on other languages, but definitely I love Spanish and German. I studied French when I was young but at the time I never bothered and tend to forget what I learnt, now I take it into concern. Its better to do things before its too late. Voted up and shared. Loved your hub.