An easy guide to Spanish numbers and how to count to 1000

Numbers are essential for everyday communication, no matter your lifestyle.

Even if you don’t work in finance or accounting, knowing some Spanish numbers will be tremendously helpful for you in many common situations. Phone numbers, item prices, and even dates become a lot less daunting when you know how to count to 1,000 in Spanish.

Making an order at a food van to learn how to count in Spanish.

Seems intimidating? Don't worry! Spanish numbers work in building blocks, so once you learn a few, you’ll know them all. Even if you’re not a math person, you can learn the Spanish numbers from 1 to 100 (and 1,000—and beyond!) in no time. Keep reading our guide to learn more.

 

Why learn Spanish numbers?

Counting to ten is one of the first things most Spanish learners do. But how necessary is it to learn how to count to 100? What about 1,000?

Learning to count to 1,000 in Spanish is one of the most productive things you can do for your Spanish language skills. No matter what you do, you’ll find Spanish numbers very helpful in everyday life. Here are a few things you will be able to do once you’ve learned the numbers in Spanish.

Woman shops for fruit and vegetables to learn to count in Spanish.

Discuss and negotiate prices

Few things can be more frustrating than wanting to buy something when you don’t know its price. Knowing Spanish numbers and their pronunciation will help you ask for prices and even negotiate.

Bargaining is a big feature of informal shopping in most of Latin America. It’s common for merchants to quote a higher price, fully expecting the buyer to negotiate it down. If you know the numbers, you might be able to get better deals!

Show up on time

It’s easy to misunderstand times and dates if you don’t know the numbers in Spanish. Whether on a romantic date or a business meeting, you want to ensure that language is not a barrier to you showing up on time.

Understand phone numbers

Taking down phone numbers is an important part of everyday life, especially when you’ve just moved to a new place. You’ll need phone numbers to make appointments, restaurant reservations, housing arrangements, and keep in touch with your new friends!

Can you imagine meeting new friends (or even a potential date!) and missing out on a friendship because you took down the wrong number? Don’t let this happen to you - spend a few hours learning the numbers in Spanish!

Woman learning the numbers in Spanish on her mobile phone.

 

Learn Spanish numbers, spelling, and pronunciation

Okay, now that you know why you should learn Spanish numbers, it’s time to get started. In the sections below, we’ll provide the Spanish numbers in writing and their correct pronunciation.

Try memorizing the pronunciation while reading along with the number in Spanish to get used to Spanish pronunciations.

Spanish numbers from 1 - 20

We have good news and bad news. The good news is that counting to 20 will allow you to very easily count all the way through 1,000. The bad news is that the first 20 numbers will be the hardest to memorize.

Take your time learning this section, as it will definitely pay off in the future!

NumberSpanish number spellingSpanish number pronunciation
1Unooo-no
2Dosdohs
3Trestrehs
4Cuatrokoo-ah-troh
5Cincoseen-coh
6Seissay-s
7Sietesee-eh-teh
8Ochooh-choh
9Nuevenoo-eh-veh
10Diezdee-ehs
11Onceon-say
12Docedoh-say
13Trecetrey-say
14Catorceka-tohr-say
15Quincekeen-say
16Dieciséisdee-eh-see-say-s
17Diecisietedee-eh-see-eh-teh
18Dieciochodee-eh-see-oh-choh
19Diecinuevedee-eh-see-noo-eh-veh
20Veintebey-n-teh

Spanish numbers from 21 - 99

Once you’ve learned how to count to 20, everything will seem much easier. In fact, counting from 21 to 99 only requires that you learn eight new words! The rest is just a combination of words you already know.

NumberSpanish number spellingSpanish number pronunciation
21Veintiunobey-n-tee-oo-no
22Veintidósbey-n-tee-dohs
23Veintitrésbey-n-tee-trehs
24Veinticuatrobey-n-tee-koo-ah-troh
25Veinticincobey-n-tee-seen-coh
26Veintiséisbey-n-tee-say-s
27Veintisietebey-n-tee-see-eh-teh
28Veintiochobey-n-tee-oh-choh
29Veintinuevebey-n-tee-noo-eh-veh
30Treintatrey-n-tah
31Treinta y unotrey-n-tah-ee-oo-no
32Treinta y dostrey-n-tah-ee-dohs
33Treinta y trestrey-n-tah-ee-trehs
34Treinta y cuatrotrey-n-tah-ee-koo-ah-troh
35Treinta y cincotrey-n-tah-ee-seen-coh
36Treinta y seistrey-n-tah-ee-say-s
37Treinta y sietetrey-n-tah-ee-see-eh-teh
38Treinta y ochotrey-n-tah-ee-oh-choh
39Treinta y nuevetrey-n-tah-ee-noo-eh-veh
40Cuarentakoo-ah-reh-n-tah
41Cuarenta y unokoo-ah-reh-n-tah-ee-oo-no
42Cuarenta y doskoo-ah-reh-n-tah-ee-dohs
43Cuarenta y treskoo-ah-reh-n-tah-ee-trehs
44Cuarenta y cuatrokoo-ah-reh-n-tah-ee-koo-ah-troh
45Cuarenta y cincokoo-ah-reh-n-tah-ee-seen-coh
46Cuarenta y seiskoo-ah-reh-n-tah-ee-say-s
47Cuarenta y sietekoo-ah-reh-n-tah-ee-see-eh-teh
48Cuarenta y ochokoo-ah-reh-n-tah-ee-oh-choh
49Cuarenta y nuevekoo-ah-reh-n-tah-ee-noo-eh-veh
50Cincuentaseen-koo-en-tah
51Cincuenta y unoseen-koo-en-tah-ee-oo-no
52Cincuenta y dosseen-koo-en-tah-ee-dohs
53Cincuenta y tresseen-koo-en-tah-ee-trehs
54Cincuenta y cuatroseen-koo-en-tah-ee-koo-ah-troh
55Cincuenta y cincoseen-koo-en-tah-ee-seen-coh
56Cincuenta y seisseen-koo-en-tah-ee-say-s
57Cincuenta y sieteseen-koo-en-tah-ee-see-eh-teh
58Cincuenta y ochoseen-koo-en-tah-ee-oh-choh
59Cincuenta y nueveseen-koo-en-tah-ee-noo-eh-veh
60Sesentaseh-sehn-tah-
61Sesenta y unoseh-sehn-tah-ee-oo-no
62Sesenta y dosseh-sehn-tah-ee-dohs
63Sesenta y tresseh-sehn-tah-ee-trehs
64Sesenta y cuatroseh-sehn-tah-ee-koo-ah-troh
65Sesenta y cincoseh-sehn-tah-ee-seen-coh
66Sesenta y seisseh-sehn-tah-ee-say-s
67Sesenta y sieteseh-sehn-tah-ee-see-eh-teh
68Sesenta y ochoseh-sehn-tah-ee-oh-choh
69Sesenta y nueveseh-sehn-tah-ee-noo-eh-veh
70Setentaseh-tehn-tah
71Setenta y unoseh-tehn-tah-ee-oo-no
72Setenta y dosseh-tehn-tah-ee-dohs
73Setenta y tresseh-tehn-tah-ee-trehs
74Setenta y cuatroseh-tehn-tah-ee-koo-ah-troh
75Setenta y cincoseh-tehn-tah-ee-seen-coh
76Setenta y seisseh-tehn-tah-ee-say-s
77Setenta y sieteseh-tehn-tah-ee-see-eh-teh
78Setenta y ochoseh-tehn-tah-ee-oh-choh
79Setenta y nueveseh-tehn-tah-ee-noo-eh-veh
80Ochenta oh-chen-tah
81Ochenta y unooh-chen-tah-ee-oo-no
82Ochenta y dosoh-chen-tah-ee-dohs
83Ochenta y tresoh-chen-tah-ee-trehs
84Ochenta y cuatrooh-chen-tah-ee-koo-ah-troh
85Ochenta y cincooh-chen-tah-ee-seen-coh
86Ochenta y seisoh-chen-tah-ee-say-s
87Ochenta y sieteoh-chen-tah-ee-see-eh-teh
88Ochenta y ochooh-chen-tah-ee-oh-choh
89Ochenta y nueveoh-chen-tah-ee-noo-eh-veh
90Noventanoh-vehn-tah
91Noventa y unonoh-vehn-tah-ee-oo-no
92Noventa y dosnoh-vehn-tah-ee-dohs
93Noventa y tresnoh-vehn-tah-ee-trehs
94Noventa y cuatronoh-vehn-tah-ee-koo-ah-troh
95Noventa y cinconoh-vehn-tah-ee-seen-coh
96Noventa y seisnoh-vehn-tah-ee-say-s
97Noventa y sietenoh-vehn-tah-ee-see-eh-teh
98Noventa y ochonoh-vehn-tah-ee-oh-choh
99Noventa y nuevenoh-vehn-tah-ee-noo-eh-veh

Spanish numbers from 100 - 1,000

If you already know the Spanish numbers from 1 to 100, then counting to 1,000 will be a breeze. Counting beyond 100 is very easy, all you have to learn is the hundreds and then add a number you already know. We’ll show you how to do that next, but for now, focus on learning the hundreds:

NumberSpanish numbers spellingSpanish number pronunciation
100Ciensee-ehn 
200Doscientosdohs-see-ehn-tohs
300Trescientostrehs-see-ehn-tohs
400Cuatroscientoskoo-ah-troh-see-ehn-tohs
500Quinientoskee-nee-ehn-tohs
600Seisientossay-ee-see-ehn-tohs
700Novecientosnoh-veh-see-ehn-tohs
800Ochocientosoh-choh-see-ehn-tohs
900Novecientosnoh-veh-see-ehn-tohs
1000Milmeel

How to put it all together

As you know by now, counting in Spanish follows a very logical system. All you need is a few blocks (1-9, tens, and hundreds), and then you just put them together like legos.

For numbers between 101 and 999, you just have to put the hundreds first, followed by the number in the last two digits. Think of it like you’re saying two separate numbers at once.

For example:

  • 536 = quinientos (500) treinta y seis (36). 
  • 712 = setecientos (700) doce (12).
  • 808 = ochocientos (800) ocho (8). 
  • 191 = ciento (100) noventa y uno (91).
    • Note that ciento is the only exception. You use ciento instead of cien when saying a number between 101 and 199.

With enough practice, you won’t have to think about the number names in terms of components; you’ll just know how to say the number! 

For now, feel free to stick to our formula to say and understand any Spanish number up to 1,000!

 

Spanish number songs

If you think songs are only for kids, you should think again. Studies show that songs can help foreign language acquisition and have the potential to take your language study to the next level.

Here are some songs that are sure to help you learn the Spanish numbers and their pronunciation.

Numbers Song in Spanish. Cancion de los Numeros.

La Canción de los Números is one of the most-viewed language learning songs on YouTube with over 40 million views. The song is straight to the point, counting from 1 up to 10 and then back down to one. This is a great way for beginners to memorize numbers 1-9.

Numbers Song in Spanish. Canción de los números de BASHO & FRIENDS.

If you’re looking for something a little more complex, Bansho & Friends’ Canción de los Números will have you counting up to 20. It also includes some other verses in addition to the numbers, so try to sing along to the entire song.

Learning Spanish | Counting In Spanish 1-100 | Count to 100 | Jack Hartmann

If these two songs seem like a piece of cake, check out this song that goes up to 100! It’s significantly longer than the other songs but can be a great song to play while you are busy with chores. This song is great for any language learner, from learning Spanish for kids to beginner Spanish courses.

 

FAQs for learning Spanish numbers

What Spanish numbers have accents?

Only four numbers have accent marks: dieciséis, veintidós, veintitrés, and veintiséis. The reason is that all four letters end in an s and have the stressed syllable at the end. In accordance with grammar rules, acute words that end in s, n, or a vowel need an accent mark in the stressed syllable.

The rest of the numbers don’t need an accent mark, mostly because numbers after 30 are separated into two words. For example, veintiséis needs an accent mark because it’s one word, while treinta y seis does not because it’s two words (or three, if you count y).

Are Spanish numbers masculine or feminine?

Spanish numbers are always masculine, so they must be prefaced with the article “el” when appropriate. This only applies when referencing a number directly and not when counting nouns.

For example:

  • El 21 me parece difícil de escribir.
    • “I find [the number] 21 to be hard to write.
  • No estoy seguro si el 16 lleva acento.
    • I am not sure if [the number] 16 has an accent.

Are Spanish numbers capitalized?

Spanish numbers are never capitalized unless they are the first word of a sentence. Spanish rules go easy on capitalization, so unless it’s a proper name or the first word of a sentence, you should err on the side of not capitalizing your words. 

What are the ordinal numbers in Spanish?

The ordinal numbers in Spanish are:

  • Primero - First
  • Segundo - Second
  • Tercero - Third
  • Cuarto - Fourth
  • Quinto - Fifth
  • Sexto - Sixth
  • Séptimo - Seventh
  • Octavo - Eight
  • Noveno - Ninth 
  • Décimo - Tenth

Keep in mind that they should agree with the noun they refer to. So, if you’re using an ordinal number as an adjective for a feminine noun, you will need to change the -o for an -a at the end. For example:

  • Es su segunda hamburguesa.
    • Because hamburguesa is feminine, you need to change segundo to segunda.
  • Es su cuarto taco.
    • Because taco is masculine, you keep cuarto with an -o at the end.

Note also that primero and tercero will drop the -o completely when referring to a singular masculine noun. For example:

  • Es el primer estudiante en ganar la beca.
    • He’s the first student to win the scholarship.
  • Es su tercer intento en el concurso.
    • It’s his third try in the contest.

 

Tips for conquering Spanish Numbers

Use a song or jingle to memorize 

As mentioned earlier in the article, songs and jingles are great for rote memorization. These can be especially helpful when memorizing the first 20 words, which is the hardest part of learning Spanish numbers. 

We recommend a simple and short song that you can quickly memorize and sing to yourself whenever you get a chance. In your car, in the shower, in the kitchen—sing your Spanish numbers song out loud whenever you can!

Learn the numbers out of order

Once you think you’ve got a solid grasp of the Spanish numbers from 1 to 1,000, you should try learning them out of order. If you used a song or jingle to learn them, you might find yourself singing your way up to the number you’re trying to think of. 

While this can be great for beginners, you want to eventually grow out of this phase and recall numbers on their own. Learning the numbers out of order is your first step to full mastery of the numbers in Spanish!

Man singing Spanish numbers song.

 

Key takeaways

Even if you don’t enjoy math, you can still learn the Spanish numbers in no time. You’ll find that once you memorize the first 20 numbers, counting to 1,000 in Spanish is super easy!

If you think the numbers in Spanish are too easy and would like a bigger challenge, check out our blogs on saying hello in Spanish and animal names in Spanish to supplement your Spanish studies

Otherwise check out our Spanish language blog here.

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