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How to Count in Spanish – Numbers 1 to 100 (Easy 4-Step GUIDE)

How do you count from 1 to 100 in Spanish?

Great question, glad you asked.

Learning numbers is a basic but necessary step in learning Spanish. Just like learning the Spanish alphabet.

So, have no fear. This quick guide will get you counting in Spanish from “cero” all the way to “cien” in 4 easy steps.  “Cien” is how you say 100 in Spanish by the way. All you need to do is learn how to count from 0 to 15. From 16 onwards, you will find that numbers follow a pattern that even a caveman can understand.

So, let’s begin.

spanish numbers

Part 1: Spanish Numbers from 0 to 10

It is very important that you master the numbers from 0 to 10. This will lay a solid foundation if you want to count from 16 onwards.

Number Spanish Number Pronunciation
0 Cero
SEH-ROH / Castilian Spanish: THEH-ROH (like the TH in Thunder)
1 Uno OOH-NOH
2 Dos DOHS
3 Tres TREHS
4 Cuatro KWAH-TROH
5 Cinco
SEEN-KOH / Castilian Spanish: THEEN-KOH (like the TH in Thunder)
6 Seis SEH-EEHS
7 Siete SYEH-TEH
8 Ocho OH-CHOH
9 Nueve NWEH-VEH
10 Diez
DYEHS / Castilian Spanish: DYETH (like the TH in Thunder)

One of the main differences between Castilian and Latin American Spanish is the pronunciation of:

  • the letter “z”
  • the letter “c” when it is in front of an “e” or “i”

In Latin American Spanish they are both pronounced like a regular “s.” However, in Castilian Spanish, the sound is similar to the “th” in “thunder.” From now on, we will use an asterisk to indicate how the number is pronounced in Castilian Spanish and we will use the “TH” to indicate it sounds like the “th” in “thunder.”

Part 2: Numbers from 11 to 19

A) Numbers from 11 to 15

So now we only need to learn five more numbers before we can see how Spanish numbers follow a general pattern. These are:

Number Spanish Number Pronunciation
11 Once
OHN-SEH / *OHN-THEH
12 Doce
DOH-SEH / *DOH-THEH
13 Trece
TREH-SEH / *TREH-THEH
14 Catorce
KAH-TOHR-SEH / *KAH-TOHR-THEH
15 Quince
KEEN-SEH / *KEEN-THEH

B) Numbers from 16 to 19

The numbers from 16 to 19 are formed by following the pattern:

  • DIECI + NUMBER (6-9)
Number Spanish Number Pronunciation
16 Dieciséis
DYEH-SEE-SEH-EEHS / * DYEH-THEE-SEH-EEHS
17 Diecisiete
DYEH-SEE-SYEH-TEH / * DYEH-THEE-SYEH-TEH
18 Dieciocho
DYEH-SEE-OH-CHOH / * DYEH-THEE-OH-CHOH
19 Diecinueve
DYEH-SEE-NWEH-VEH / * DYEH-THEE-NWEH-VEH

PART 3: Numbers from 20 to 29

Veinte” means 20 in Spanish. You will need this to count from 21 to 29. We will simply swap the “E” for an “I:”

  • VEINTI + NUMBER
Number Spanish Number Pronunciation
20 Veinte VAIN-TEH
21 Veintiuno
VAIN-TEE-OOH-NOH
22 Veintidós VAIN-TEE-DOHS
23 Veintitrés VAIN-TEE-TREHS
24 Veinticuatro
VAIN-TEE-KWAH-TROH
25 Veinticinco
VAIN-TEE-SEEN-KOH
26 Veintiséis
VAIN-TEE-SEH-EEHS
27 Veintisiete
VAIN-TEE-SYEH-TEH
28 Veintiocho
VAIN-TEE-OH-CHOH
29 Veintinueve
VAIN-TEE-NWEH-VEH

Part 4: Numbers from 30 to 100

Now things get even easier. All you need to do is learn the multiples of ten and then you’ll be able to easily form any number you want. So let’s take a look at the tens first:

Number Spanish Number Pronunciation
30 Treinta TRAIN-TAH
40 Cuarenta
KWAH-REHN-TAH
50 Cincuenta
SEEN-KWEHN-TAH / *THEEN- KWEHN-TAH
60 Sesenta SEH-SEHN-TAH
70 Setenta SEH-TEHN-TAH
80 Ochenta OH-CHEN-TAH
90 Noventa NOH-VEHN-TAH
100 Cien
SEE-EHN / *THEE-EHN

So let’s say, you want to say 34 in Spanish. You would say “thirty and four.” And if you want to say 87, you would say “eighty and seven.” Yes, it’s that simple.

It’s important to note that from 31 onwards, the numbers are not bound together anymore. They will no longer be written in a single word.
The basic construction is:

  • MULTIPLE OF TEN (30-90) + Y (AND) + NUMBER (1-9)
Number Spanish Number Pronunciation
31 Treinta y uno
TRAIN-TAH EEH OOH-NOH
32 Treinta y dos
TRAIN-TAH EEH DOHS
33 Treinta y tres
TRAIN-TAH EEH TREHS
34 Treinta y cuatro
TRAIN-TAH EEH KWAH-TROH
35 Treinta y cinco
TRAIN-TAH EEH SEEN-KOH
36 Treinta y seis
TRAIN-TAH EEH SEH-EEHS
37 Treinta y siete
TRAIN-TAH EEH SYEH-TEH
38 Treinta y ocho
TRAIN-TAH EEH OH-CHOH
39 Treinta y nueve
TRAIN-TAH EEH NWEH-VEH

Now let’s look at, say, the 90’s. This is just for you to truly see that from 31 onwards, numbers are constructed in the exact same way.

Number Spanish Number Pronunciation
91 Noventa y uno
NOH-VEHN-TAH EEH OOH-NOH
92 Noventa y dos
NOH-VEHN-TAH EEH DOHS
93 Noventa y tres
NOH-VEHN-TAH EEH TREHS
94 Noventa y cuatro
NOH-VEHN-TAH EEH KWAH-TROH
95 Noventa y cinco
NOH-VEHN-TAH EEH SEEN-KOH
96 Noventa y seis
NOH-VEHN-TAH EEH SEH-EEHS
97 Noventa y siete
NOH-VEHN-TAH EEH SYEH-TEH
98 Noventa y ocho
NOH-VEHN-TAH EEH OH-CHOH
99 Noventa y nueve
NOH-VEHN-TAH EEH NWEH-VEH

Part 5: Examples

Let’s take a look at a few examples of numbers from 31 to 99 to make sure that you now know how to count in Spanish:

  • 47 – Cuarenta y siete
  • 25 – Veinticinco
  • 59 – Cincuenta y nueve
  • 81 – Ochenta y uno
  • 64 – Sesenta y cuatro
  • 78 – Setenta y ocho

 

You need numbers for countless situations in your everyday life. Let’s take a look at some examples where you will find yourself needing the Spanish numbers:

  • Tengo 25 años. = I am 25 years old.
  • El libro cuesta $10. = The book costs $10.
  • 14 de febrero = February 14
  • Tengo 2 perros. = I have 2 dogs.
  • Las diez y treinta AM = 10:30 AM

Conclusion on Counting in Spanish 1-100

Now, you know all the numbers, all the patterns, and you should be ready to start counting in Spanish.

But of course… as we all know, learning things just once doesn’t mean you’ll retain it forever. So….

Be sure to print or come back to this page and review often. Eventually, it’ll all be as natural as the grass on the ground.

– The Main Lingua Junkie

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One Reply to “How to Count in Spanish – Numbers 1 to 100 (Easy 4-Step GUIDE)”

  1. Thank you so much for this posting!

    I am Korean and studying Spanish by myself. Your post helps a ton!

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