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)

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 rulethat 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 Noventay 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, andit 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:

  1. Doscientos
  2. Trescientos
  3. Cuatrocientos
  4. Quinientos
  5. Seiscientos
  6. Setecientos
  7. Ochocientos
  8. 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:

  1. “Dos” – “Cientos” – “Uno”
  2. “Dos” – “Cientos” – “Diecisiete” …
  3. “Tres” – “Cientos” – “Treinta” – “E” – “Tres”
  4. “Quinientos” – “Cincuenta” …
  5. “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:

  1. Dos mil
  2. Tres mil
  3. Cuatro mil
  4. Cinco mil
  5. Seis mil
  6. Siete mil
  7. Ocho mil
  8. 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 memorizethis numbers in Spanish, what do you do to learn Spanish numbers? Let me know in the comments below.

Diego Cuadros is a blogger and a Spanish online teacher. He uses stories to help Spanish lovers understand fast-speaking native speakers, so they don't freeze and panic in conversations.

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