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Learn Spanish: Numbers 1-100

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Numbers in Spanish

Numbers in Spanish, much like in English, follow a fairly predictable pattern. Early on, the numbers are a bit irregular.

Learning the first 100 numbers in Spanish can be extremely helpful when you're traveling or even in everyday situations where you might encounter someone who speaks Spanish.

This article will aim to help you learn three main ideas:

  1. How to count to 100 in Spanish
  2. How to pronounce the numbers correctly
  3. How to use the numbers in practical applications: asking how much, how many, basic math, etc.


After reading each section, use the videos I created to help you pronounce the numbers. Then, try some of the exercises and finally take the quiz to see how much you learned.

Facts about "Uno" - The Number 1 in Spanish

Uno - this is what you use when you're counting numbers

Un - this is what appears before a masculine, singular (not more than one) noun

Una - this is what appears before a feminine, singular noun

Un and Una are what are classified as indefinite articles. They can mean "a," "an" or "one" in English.

Spanish Numbers 1-10 (Including Zero)

Interestingly, the first ten numbers in Spanish are similar to other Romance languages - French and Portuguese, but they don't look all that similar to English numbers:

0 - cero

1 - uno

2 - dos

3 - tres

4 - cuatro

5 - cinco

6 - seis

7 - siete

8 - ocho

9 - nueve

10 - diez

Numbers 11-20 in Spanish

Be sure to watch the video on how to pronounce these. For example, the number 11 in Spanish is not at all like the word "once" in English. It's a two-syllable word: ohn-say in Spanish.

11 - once

12 - doce

13 - trece

14 - catorce

15 - quince

16 - dieciséis

17 - diecisiete

18 - dieciocho

19 - diecinueve

20 - veinte

Numbers 16-19

The numbers 16 - 19 used to be written a little differently:

16 - diez y seis (ten and six)

17 - diez y siete (ten and seven)

18 - diez y ocho (ten and eight)

19 - diez y nueve (ten and nine)

Most people today write them as one longer word for efficiency.

Note: the number 16 - dieciséis - has an accent when written as a single word. When you pronounce this word, you stress the syllable with that accent: dieci-SÉIS.

Spanish Numbers 1-100

Numbers 21-30 in Spanish

21 - veintiuno

22- veintidós

23 - veintitrés

24 - veinticuatro

25 - veinticinco

26 - veintiséis

27 - veintisiete

28 - veintiocho

29 - veintinueve

30 - treinta


Different Way of Writing 21 - 29

Similar to the Spanish numbers 16-19, the numbers 21 - 29 used to be three words, but are now just one longer word:

21 - veinte y uno

22 - veinte y dos

23 - veinte y tres, etc.

Note: veintidós, veintitrés, and veintiséis all have accents when they are written as one word.

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More about Numbers 31-100

These numbers follow a more regular pattern: they have three words, unless they're the leading number in a series of ten, i.e. "treinta."

None of these numbers have accents.

Numbers 31 - 100 in Spanish

31 - treinta y uno

32 - treinta y dos

33 - treinta y tres

34 - treinta y cuatro

35 - treinta y cinco

36 - treinta y seis

37 - treinta y siete

38 - treinta y ocho

39 - treinta y nueve

40 - cuarenta

41 - cuarenta y uno

42 - cuarenta y dos, etc.

50 - cincuenta

51 - cincuenta y uno

52 - cincuenta y dos, etc.

60 - sesenta

61 - sesenta y uno

62 - sesenta y dos, etc.

70 - setenta

71 - setenta y uno

72 - setenta y dos, etc.

80 - ochenta

81 - ochenta y uno

82 - ochenta y dos, etc.

90 - noventa

91 - noventa y uno

92 - noventa y dos, etc.

99 - noventa y nueve

100 - cien

dos y siete y diez son diecinueve

dos y siete y diez son diecinueve

Practice Your Spanish Numbers

Now that you've read about the numbers and watched the video, it's a good idea to apply your new knowledge to help prevent you from forgetting it. The following are a couple different exercises you can try to help you remember the numbers in Spanish. Once you practice, you can check your answers at the bottom of this page.

Exercise A

Write out the number for each answer.

How to read math problems in Spanish:

  • addition problems in Spanish are read like this: cinco y cinco son diez (or 5+5 = 10)
  • multiplication problems are read: cinco por cinco son veinticinco (or 5x5 = 25)
  • subtraction problems are read: cinco menos cinco son cero (or 5-5 = 0)
  • division problems are read: cinco dividido por cinco son uno (or 5/5 = 1).

As you practice the following problems, try to read them out loud, saying the numbers as well as the mathematical symbols - this all helps you to remember the numbers better!

Example: uno + uno =dos

  1. siete + nueve = ________
  2. tres - cero = ________
  3. once + once = ________
  4. cuatro x cuatro = ________
  5. diez + diez = ________
  6. cinco + cuatro = ________
  7. veinte / cinco = ________
  8. treinta y cinco / siete = _______
  9. trece + cinco = ________
  10. veinte + veinte = ________
  11. ocho x ocho = ________
  12. dos x nueve = ________
  13. cuarenta + cuarenta = ________
  14. cincuenta / diez = ________
  15. cincuenta + diez = ________
  16. sesenta y cinco - nueve = ________
  17. sesenta + once = ________
  18. veinte + treinta = ________
  19. treinta + uno = ________
  20. cuarenta + tres = ________

(Don't forget to check your answers below!)

Write Out the Spanish Number

Now that you've had a little practice with the written form of Spanish numbers, it's time to practice with numbers in their numeric form.

On a piece of paper (and/or verbally if you prefer), write out the number you see in Spanish (and/or say it out loud).

One advantage to writing out the numbers: by seeing AND writing out the number, you're giving yourself TWO different ways of remembering the number. If you SEE, SAY and THEN WRITE the number, you're giving yourself THREE different ways of memorizing the number - and helping you the most.

Check your answers below.

Exercise B


  1. 67
  2. 53
  3. 99
  4. 13
  5. 2
  6. 27
  7. 48
  8. 71
  9. 26
  10. 85
  11. 34
  12. 12
Question words

Question words

Question Words Related to Numbers in Spanish

When you're dealing with numbers, you'll often hear questions that are related to those numbers.

  • ¿Cuánto es? - How much does it cost?
  • ¿Cuántos hay? - How many are there?


The word "cuánto" inherently means "how much" and then what follows will put it into context. The Spanish word "hay" (pronounced "ay") means "there is/are" or when in the form of a question, "are there?"

Thus, if you're traveling and you're at a market, for example, you can ask, ¿Cuánto es? and get a response. Of course, this answer will vary greatly: it will depend on what country you're in, and what kind of currency (euros, pesos, etc.). Furthermore, people will often include decimals - such as $43.24 (cuarenta tres con veinticuatro) - but that is beyond the scope of this article.

A Little Practice:

  1. ¿Cuántos dedos tiene? (How many fingers do you have?)
  2. ¿Cuántos alumnos hay en la clase? (How many students are there in the classroom?)
  3. ¿Cuántos animales (mascotas) tiene? (How many animals (pets) do you have?)
  4. ¿Cuántos libros tiene? (How many books do you have?)


Test Your Knowledge of the Spanish Numbers

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Cinco y cinco son
    • diez
    • veinticinco
    • cero
    • uno
  2. Quince menos tres son
    • tres
    • dos
    • doce
    • trece
  3. 7 X 3 =
    • veinte
    • cuatro
    • diez
    • veintiuno
  4. Treinta dividido por diez son
    • diez
    • tres
    • veinte
    • quince
  5. Escriba el número (Write the number): 12
    • dos
    • doce
    • veinte
    • uno dos
  6. Escriba el número (Write the number): 27
    • veintiséis
    • veintisiete
    • diecisiete
    • treinta y siete
  7. 50 / 10 =
    • cinco
    • once
    • diez
    • uno
  8. ¿Cuántos hay? Siete chicos y cinco chicas =
    • trece
    • once
    • dos
    • doce
  9. Ocho por siete son:
    • quince
    • cincuenta y siete
    • cincuenta y seis
    • uno
  10. Escriba el número (Write the number): 43
    • cuarenta y tres
    • cuarenta y dos
    • cincuenta y tres
    • catorce
  11. Escriba el número (Write the number:) 77
    • setenta y siete
    • sesenta y siete
    • setenta y seis
    • sesenta y seis
  12. Nueve por diez son:
    • nueve
    • noventa
    • diecinueve
    • cero

Answer Key

  1. diez
  2. doce
  3. veintiuno
  4. tres
  5. doce
  6. veintisiete
  7. cinco
  8. doce
  9. cincuenta y seis
  10. cuarenta y tres
  11. setenta y siete
  12. noventa

Interpreting Your Score

If you got between 0 and 3 correct answers: Um...well...did you try this before making sure those numbers are in your head?

If you got between 4 and 7 correct answers: Well...you should probably review the numbers again and come back to try again.

If you got between 8 and 9 correct answers: Hmm...you might need a bit more practice, but not too shabby.

If you got 10 correct answers: You're pretty good at languages and math. :)

If you got between 11 and 12 correct answers: You're a linguistical math whiz. :)

Answers to Exercise A

  1. dieciséis
  2. tres
  3. veintidós
  4. dieciséis
  5. viente
  6. nueve
  7. cuatro
  8. cinco
  9. dieciocho
  10. cuarenta
  11. sesenta y cuatro
  12. dieciocho
  13. ochenta
  14. cinco
  15. sesenta
  16. cincuenta y seis
  17. ochenta y uno
  18. cincuenta
  19. treinta y uno
  20. cuarenta y tres

Answers to Exercise B

  1. sesenta y siete
  2. cincuenta y tres
  3. noventa y nueve
  4. trece
  5. dos
  6. veintisiete
  7. cuarenta y ocho
  8. setenta y uno
  9. veintiséis
  10. ochenta y cinco
  11. treinta y cuatro
  12. doce

© 2014 Cynthia Calhoun

Comments

Angeles from Spain on April 12, 2019:

Good article! I know Spanish numbers can be hard to learn... But your article helps a lot!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on January 22, 2014:

Dianna - Haha, I have little tiny tricks in there. But I know you know your español. You're awesome!

Aviannovice - hehe, I hope so. :) I enjoy teaching it. ;)

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on January 22, 2014:

Such a great system! This makes it fun.

Dianna Mendez on January 21, 2014:

I almost got 100%! Great post and very useful for spanish students and teachers.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on January 18, 2014:

Vellur - thank you so much! Yes, I *do* plan on writing more. I should have been writing these all along, me thinks. ;)

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 18, 2014:

A great lesson plan to learn numbers in Spanish, now I can boast that I know numbers in Spanish. Bookmarked your hub, I hope you continue with more lessons in Spanish. Great hub, Voted up.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on January 14, 2014:

DreamerMeg - hehe, thank you! I definitely have a lot of fun teaching my own students and it's fun to share! Have a great day. :)

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on January 14, 2014:

Faith Reaper - aww, thank you! I love teaching Spanish! :) I know, there is a lot of information here, hehe, but I know you'll get it. Hugs!

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on January 13, 2014:

I didn't think someone could have put so much fun and learning into a hub on the numbers 0 to 100! Fantastic.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on January 13, 2014:

Wow, you are a great teacher! Thank you for this great Spanish lesson. I will need to come back to it to take it all in and learn what you have taught here.

Up and more and sharing.

Blessings,

Faith Reaper

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on January 13, 2014:

Vocalcoach - aww, shucks. :) Thank you. I am really glad you liked it - I enjoy teaching my students and people I tutor. It's definitely fun to share some of what I know. Thank you for your feedback and for stopping by. Hugs!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on January 13, 2014:

You are one fantastic teacher! I enjoyed this Spanish lesson so much and am book marking it. Also passing it along to family and friends. Very, very well written. The tests are just great. I've learned so much. Gracias:)

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on January 13, 2014:

Kathryn - haha, that's great! All your knowledge should come back pretty fast, too. :) Thanks so much for coming by! Have a great day, friend!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on January 13, 2014:

What a cool lesson! When I have more time I want to actually go through it in depth. I remember somewhat learning 1-10 when I was in grade school.

The information on the word "uno" is interesting.

Thanks for sharing this with us. Voted up, sharing, and pinning.

Have a great day!

~ Kathryn

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