Spanish numbers: How to count from 1 to millions in Spanish

Do you struggle with Spanish Numbers? In this blog post, I will show you how to count until one million.

Plus I want to share some tips to avoid some common mistakes that Spanish students make when talking about numbers.

Why should you care about Spanish numbers?

The real world is full of numbers everywhere, and I’m not talking complex mathematical problems.

We need to use numbers even in the more basic things, for instance, imagine you want to know how much something costs. Or maybe you want to give your address to a pizza restaurant so they can deliver your dinner on time.

Or what if you have to give your telephone number to an important executive who wants to invest in your company? How would you deal with numbers in these kinds of situations when it’s all in Spanish?

Let me show you how easy it is…

The basic Spanish numbers (0-15)

Spanish numbers are just as easy as they are in English. All you need to know is the base, which is just knowing the numbers from 0 to 15.

Memorize these first numbers just as you did in English when you were a kid. Just say them out loud as you tell them in order.

You can also use your fingers just to help your memory with some physical exercise:

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

After 15, you just say together: 10 (Diez), the phonetic sound you make when you say the letter “E” in English, the last digit of the number (which is a basic number), and then you say all of that as if it was just one word.

So for example, the number 16, would sound like: Diez + “E” + Seis.

You just go like that until 19:

16- Dieciséis
17- Diecisiete
18- Dieciocho
19- Diecinueve

The multiples of ten (20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90)

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Now, just memorize this names:

20- Veinte
30- Treinta
40- Cuarenta
50- Cincuenta
60- Sesenta
70- Setenta
80- Ochenta
90- Noventa
100- Cien

After that, if you want to say any number that doesn’t end in zero(0), you just need to use the following formula:

Multiple of ten + The phonetic sound you make when pronouncing the letter “E” in English + Basic number

For example, the number 33 would Sound:

“Treinta” – “E” – “Tres”

Number 56 would sound:

“Cincuenta” – “E” – “Seis”

Number 38:

“Treinta” – “E” – “Ocho”

Now, when spelling them they go separately and connected with “y”, just like this:

  1. Treinta y Uno
  2. Treinta y Dos

  1. Cuarenta y tres
  2. Cuarenta y cuatro

  1. Cincuenta y cinco
  2. Cincuenta y seis

  1. Sesenta y siete
  2. Sesenta y ocho

Note: There’s an exception with the pronunciation of numbers from 21 – 29. Never use the rule that I described above when saying the 20’s, If you do it, this would sound like:

“Veinte” – “E” – “Uno”, “Veinte” – “E” – “Dos”, “Veinte” – “E” – “Tres”, etc… (This is completely wrong with the 20’s in Spanish).

Instead of that, you say the word Veinti + a basic number:

21 – Veintiuno
22 – Veintidós
23 – Veintitrés
24 – Veinticuatro
25 – Veinticinco
26 – Veintiséis
27 – Veintisiete
28 – Veintiocho
29 – Veintinueve

Spanish numbers when you hit 100

The specific number ‘100’ is called “Cien” in Spanish. After that, it goes “Ciento” + any of the numbers I talked in the previous subtitles, for example:

  1. Ciento Uno
  2. Ciento Dos

150. Ciento Cincuenta

163. Ciento Sesenta Y Tres

195. Ciento Noventa y Cinco

Note: Some students get confused when they get to the hundreds. They try to connect the “Ciento” with a “y”, just like I told you to do it under the subtitle ‘multiples of 10’, so they say things like:

151. Ciento y Cincuenta y Uno
183. Ciento y Ochenta y Tres

This is not correct, and it sounds unnatural!

Just remember, all you need to do when you get to the hundreds is to add “Ciento”, nothing else, just like this:

136. Ciento Treinta y Seis
172. Ciento Setenta y dos

Counting from 200 to 999

This is simple, correct pronunciation will happen if you just go with:

A basic number + the word “Cientos”.

For example: “Dos” + “Cientos” would be 200, “Cuatro” + “Cientos” would be 400, and so on.

Note: This rule does not apply to 500(Quinientos), 700(Setecientos) and 900 (Novecientos). As you can see, these numbers have their exclusive name.

Here’s their correct spelling:

200. Doscientos
300. Trescientos
400. Cuatrocientos
500. Quinientos
600. Seiscientos
700. Setecientos
800. Ochocientos
900. Novecientos

Now, when you want to talk about these hundreds ending in different numbers than zero, you just say their name with:

Cientos + everything we saw in previous subtitles, for example:

201. “Dos” – “Cientos” – “Uno”
217. “Dos” – “Cientos” – “Diecisiete”

333. “Tres” – “Cientos” – “Treinta” – “E” – “Tres”
550. “Quinientos” – “Cincuenta”

689. “Seis” – “Cientos” – “Ochenta” – “E” – “Nueve”
925, “Novecientos” – “Veinticinco”

Spanish numbers from 1000 to a Million!

You get to one thousand and everything gets easier, just say “mil” and that’s it!

“Mil” is the exact number: 1000.

Now, when you want to go further, just say:

“Mil” + everything we saw in previous subtitles.

For example:

1001. “Mil” – “uno”
1150. “Mil” – “ciento” – “cincuenta”
1302. “Mil” – “trescientos” – “dos”

Note: Some students get confused when they get to 1001 and say “un mil”, 1002 “dos mil”, etc… and this is not correct!

The right way is 1000 (Mil), 1001 (Mil Uno), 1002 (Mil Dos), and so on.

The correct spelling is the same, you just add the word “Mil”:

1500. Mil Quinientos
1835. Mil Ochocientos Treinta y Cinco

Now, when you leave 1000 behind, you just say:

The basic number + the word “mil”, for example:

2000. Dos mil
3000. Tres mil
4000. Cuatro mil
5000. Cinco mil
6000. Seis mil
7000. Siete mil
8000. Ocho mil
9000. Nueve mil
10.000 Diez mil
11.000 Once mil

35.000 Treinta y Cinco mil
90.000 Noventa mil

100.000 Cien mil
900.000 Novecientos mil

Finally, you get to the six zeros: one million (1.000.000).

In Spanish the first million is called “Un millón”, the rest is just as you do it with “Mil”, but instead, you say the word “Millones”, for example:

1.000.000 – Un Millón
2.000.000 – Dos Millones
3.000.000 – Tres Millones.

5.630.000 – Cinco Millones, Seiscientos Treinta mil
98.250.010 – Noventa y Ocho Millones, Doscientos Cincuenta mil, Diez.

How will you learn all the Spanish numbers?

As I said in the beginning, you just need to know the basics (0-15), and the rest is just a matter of practice.

Learn them systematically, just like you did when you learned to count in your native language. Remember that the secret to a powerful and fluent Spanish is to imitate everything children do, so don’t stress too much with the formulas!

Now, some students have found other tricks to memorize this numbers in Spanish, what do you do to learn Spanish numbers? Let me know in the comments below.

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