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.
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.
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 it very helpful in everyday life. Here are a few things you will be able to do once you’ve learned the numbers in Spanish.
1. 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!
Since Latin America is a popular holiday destination for many people in the UAE, being familiar with the numbers in Spanish can prove useful during traveling and speaking with locals as well.
2. Show up on time
It’s easy to misunderstand time and dates if you don’t know the numbers in Spanish. Whether on a romantic date with your love interest who speaks Spanish, or a business meeting, you want to ensure that language is not a barrier to you showing up on time.
With 486 million native speakers worldwide, the fact that Spanish is often used in business meetings is no surprise. Knowing the numbers in Spanish is crucial for all professionals in the UAE looking to do business with people from Spanish-speaking countries.
3. 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.
Learn Spanish numbers in words, and their 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 words, plus 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! Are you ready to see how are Spanish numbers pronounced?
Spanish number spelling
Spanish number pronunciation
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.
Spanish number spelling
Spanish number pronunciation
Treinta y uno
Treinta y dos
Treinta y tres
Treinta y cuatro
Treinta y cinco
Treinta y seis
Treinta y siete
Treinta y ocho
Treinta y nueve
Cuarenta y uno
Cuarenta y dos
Cuarenta y tres
Cuarenta y cuatro
Cuarenta y cinco
Cuarenta y seis
Cuarenta y siete
Cuarenta y ocho
Cuarenta y nueve
Cincuenta y uno
Cincuenta y dos
Cincuenta y tres
Cincuenta y cuatro
Cincuenta y cinco
Cincuenta y seis
Cincuenta y siete
Cincuenta y ocho
Cincuenta y nueve
Sesenta y uno
Sesenta y dos
Sesenta y tres
Sesenta y cuatro
Sesenta y cinco
Sesenta y seis
Sesenta y siete
Sesenta y ocho
Sesenta y nueve
Setenta y uno
Setenta y dos
Setenta y tres
Setenta y cuatro
Setenta y cinco
Setenta y seis
Setenta y siete
Setenta y ocho
Setenta y nueve
Ochenta y uno
Ochenta y dos
Ochenta y tres
Ochenta y cuatro
Ochenta y cinco
Ochenta y seis
Ochenta y siete
Ochenta y ocho
Ochenta y nueve
Noventa y uno
Noventa y dos
Noventa y tres
Noventa y cuatro
Noventa y cinco
Noventa y seis
Noventa y siete
Noventa y ocho
Noventa y nueve
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:
Spanish numbers spelling
Spanish number pronunciation
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.
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!
Here are some songs that are sure to help you learn.
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.
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.
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 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!
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! That's good news for anyone planning to travel to Latin America from the UAE and all business professionals with Spanish-speaking clients.