Yeah yeah, I know, I know – too simple right? Welllll, I’m not so sure. “deez mil por favor” I said to a middle-aged Chilean lady sitting inside a caja responsible for putting credit on subway travel cards. She looked at me straight in the eyes and slowly, but firmly said “diez mill” (sounding like “de-iz” , think Cameron Diaz). Well well well, Miss Mandy, not so flash with your Spanish are you (how super nice was it of that women to correct me, by the way!). And this is only one of many times I have realised my pronunciation of numbers are off. Today, trying to say something costed 590 thousand pesos was just another prime example of the fact that my numbers need revision.

Then there are the issues I experience every time I attempt to recite my cell phone or identity number. When communicating these things in Spanish we’re supposed to group the numbers in pairs, for example if you were telling someone your phone number, which happened to be “1234” you would say twelve, thirty-four (doce, treinta y cuatro), not one, two, three, four (uno, dos, tres, cuatro). I tend to get scared of these double-digit numbers, and settle for the single digits.

Time to finally get my numbers right and speak like I should be, God knows I need this, so without further ado, here are the Spanish numbers:


Numbers 0 – 19

0 cero
1 uno/a
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
16 dieciséis
17 diecisiete
18 dieciocho
19 diecinueve

Numbers 20 – 39

20 veinte
21 veintiuno
22 veintidós
23 veintitrés
24 veinticuatro
25 veinticinco
26 veintiséis
27 veintisiete
28 veintiocho
29 veintinueve
30 treinta
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


Numbers 40 – 900

40 cuarenta
50 cincuenta
60 sesenta
70 setenta
80 ochenta
90 noventa
100 cien
200 doscientos/as
300 trescientos/as
400 cuatrocientos/as
500 quinientos/as
600 seiscientos/as
700 setecientos/as
800 ochocientos/as
900 novecientos/as

Numbers 155 – 1 Billion

155 ciento cincuenta y cinco
255 doscientos cincuenta y cinco
355 trescientos cincuenta y cinco
455 cuatrocientos cincuenta y cinco
555 quinientos cincuenta y cinco
655 seiscientos cincuenta y cinco
755 setecientos cincuenta y cinco
855 ochocientos cincuenta y cinco
955 novecientos cincuenta y cinco
122 ciento veintidós
1,000 mil
3,222 tres mil doscientos veintidós
100,000 cien mil
200,000 doscientos mil
1,000,000 un millón
2,000,000 dos millones
1,000,000,000 mil millones
1,000,000,000,000 un billón

Ordinal Numbers

first primero/a
second segundo/a
third tercero/a
fourth cuarto/a
fifth quinto/a
sixth sexto/a
seventh séptimo/a
eighth octavo/a
ninth noveno/a
Tenth décimo

Learning tools


We can’t mention counting without paying homeage to the king of counting, The Count. You know you have made it in life when you can count better then The Count and 8-year old Ingrid, bask in it…

These next two are a bit slower than the overview above, so it helps with pronouncation. Jump to 19s.
They also include a revision at 3:08, try to say the numbers before Julio.


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