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.

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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.

NumberSpanish NumberPronunciation
0Cero
SEH-ROH / Castilian Spanish: THEH-ROH (like the TH in Thunder)
1UnoOOH-NOH
2DosDOHS
3TresTREHS
4CuatroKWAH-TROH
5Cinco
SEEN-KOH / Castilian Spanish: THEEN-KOH (like the TH in Thunder)
6SeisSEH-EEHS
7SieteSYEH-TEH
8OchoOH-CHOH
9NueveNWEH-VEH
10Diez
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:

NumberSpanish NumberPronunciation
11Once
OHN-SEH / *OHN-THEH
12Doce
DOH-SEH / *DOH-THEH
13Trece
TREH-SEH / *TREH-THEH
14Catorce
KAH-TOHR-SEH / *KAH-TOHR-THEH
15Quince
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)
NumberSpanish NumberPronunciation
16Dieciséis
DYEH-SEE-SEH-EEHS / * DYEH-THEE-SEH-EEHS
17Diecisiete
DYEH-SEE-SYEH-TEH / * DYEH-THEE-SYEH-TEH
18Dieciocho
DYEH-SEE-OH-CHOH / * DYEH-THEE-OH-CHOH
19Diecinueve
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
NumberSpanish NumberPronunciation
20VeinteVAIN-TEH
21Veintiuno
VAIN-TEE-OOH-NOH
22VeintidósVAIN-TEE-DOHS
23VeintitrésVAIN-TEE-TREHS
24Veinticuatro
VAIN-TEE-KWAH-TROH
25Veinticinco
VAIN-TEE-SEEN-KOH
26Veintiséis
VAIN-TEE-SEH-EEHS
27Veintisiete
VAIN-TEE-SYEH-TEH
28Veintiocho
VAIN-TEE-OH-CHOH
29Veintinueve
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:

NumberSpanish NumberPronunciation
30TreintaTRAIN-TAH
40Cuarenta
KWAH-REHN-TAH
50Cincuenta
SEEN-KWEHN-TAH / *THEEN- KWEHN-TAH
60SesentaSEH-SEHN-TAH
70SetentaSEH-TEHN-TAH
80OchentaOH-CHEN-TAH
90NoventaNOH-VEHN-TAH
100Cien
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)
NumberSpanish NumberPronunciation
31Treinta y uno
TRAIN-TAH EEH OOH-NOH
32Treinta y dos
TRAIN-TAH EEH DOHS
33Treinta y tres
TRAIN-TAH EEH TREHS
34Treinta y cuatro
TRAIN-TAH EEH KWAH-TROH
35Treinta y cinco
TRAIN-TAH EEH SEEN-KOH
36Treinta y seis
TRAIN-TAH EEH SEH-EEHS
37Treinta y siete
TRAIN-TAH EEH SYEH-TEH
38Treinta y ocho
TRAIN-TAH EEH OH-CHOH
39Treinta 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.

NumberSpanish NumberPronunciation
91Noventa y uno
NOH-VEHN-TAH EEH OOH-NOH
92Noventa y dos
NOH-VEHN-TAH EEH DOHS
93Noventa y tres
NOH-VEHN-TAH EEH TREHS
94Noventa y cuatro
NOH-VEHN-TAH EEH KWAH-TROH
95Noventa y cinco
NOH-VEHN-TAH EEH SEEN-KOH
96Noventa y seis
NOH-VEHN-TAH EEH SEH-EEHS
97Noventa y siete
NOH-VEHN-TAH EEH SYEH-TEH
98Noventa y ocho
NOH-VEHN-TAH EEH OH-CHOH
99Noventa 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 thought on “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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