Numbers in Spanish

¡Los números!

Imagine how life would be had numbers not been invented. Most people would claim it would be an incalculable mess… literally! For a start, we could not count, nor could we order book pages or identify people and objects based on their identity documents and barcodes respectively. In a numberless world, we would not be able to measure anything, nor could we organize meetings as we would not be able to read the time. Similarly, we would not know which bus to take to go places, we could not call anyone nor could we learn things’ prices, let alone being able to use money. A dreadful scenario indeed! We are then unquestionably way better off with numbers as an essentially omnipresent component of our lives.

Here are los números desde (from) el 1 hasta (to) el 20:

NumbersWords
1Uno
2Dos
3Tres
4Cuatro
5Cinco
6Seis
7Siete
8Ocho
9Nueve
10Diez
11Once
12Doce
13Trece
14Catorce
15Quince
16Dieciséis
17Diecisiete
18Dieciocho
19Diecinueve
20Veinte
  1. Note -ce pattern at the end
  2. Note dieci- pattern at the beginning

As we move on to the twenties, los números desde el 21 hasta el 29 observe a slight change as shown below:

NumbersWords
21Veintiuno
22Veintidós
23Veintitrés
24Veinticuatro
25Veinticinco
26Veintiséis
27Veintisiete
28Veintiocho
29Veintinueve

Note the final -e from veintbecomes -i then units are added to form one word

Finally, to form numbers between 31 and 99 we simply place the conjunction y (and) after each set of ten followed by the unit:

NumbersWords
30Treinta
31Treinta y uuno
32Treinta y dos
33Treinta y tres
40Cuarenta
44Cuarenta y cuatro
50Cincuenta
55Cincuenta y cinco

 

NumbersWords
60Sesenta
66Sesenta y seis
70Setanta
77Setanta y siete
80Ochenta
88Ochenta y ocho
90Noventa
99Noventa y nueve

 


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