Imagine yourself at a local market in Latin America.
You find out that the seller only speaks Spanish. But after learning a few words such as ‘hello‘ and ‘you are welcome,’ you stopped learning more vocabulary. You never got the chance to practice the numbers in Spanish!
Now you are in the middle of a language barrier with many people waiting for their turn in line.
I understand how frustrating it can be when you are trying to communicate with a native speaker in their language. Still, the words just don’t come out.
Learning the numbers is one of the first steps to learning a new language, as we use them daily and everywhere.
So, in today’s article, you will get a complete easy guide to learning the Spanish numbers from 1 to 1000 and start counting to avoid those challenging situations.
Cardinal Spanish Numbers: An Easy Guide With Sounds
How To Say ‘Numbers’ In Spanish
Número: Number (Singular form)
- ¿Cuál es tu número de teléfono? (What is your phone number?)
Números: Numbers (Plural form)
- ¿Cuáles numeros jugaste en la lotería? (What numbers did you play for the lottery?)
Spanish Numbers 1 To 10
Remember when you learned the basic numbers in your native language? Now you have to do the same but in Spanish. Start from the basic cardinal numbers until you reach 10, then move your way to count higher numbers until you reach 1000.
Counting the numbers isn’t hard for someone who has learned English numbers. You will see how many similarities they have!
So, how do you say the numbers from 1 to 10 in Spanish?
Let’s see their translation and pronunciation.
Note: The pronunciations in the tables are Latin American Spanish accents, which differs from how people in Spain pronounce the names. Nevertheless, if you learn this accent, it will still be intelligible to how people in Spain speak ‘Castellano.’
Sometimes when you add the number 1 in front of a noun, it transforms from -‘ uno,’ to ‘-un.’ For example: ‘un gato’ (a cat.)
In addition, its ending will change depending on the gender. Masculine nouns will end in ‘-uno’ while feminine nouns end in ‘-una.’
For instance, the term ‘casa’ (house), which is feminine form, would use ‘una’ instead of ‘-uno’ or ‘-un.’ So it would be: “Una casa’ (a house).
Numbers In Spanish From 11 To 50
Learning the following numbers is so easy!
In this category, you will notice that the numbers until 15 end in “-ce.’ For these numbers, the first part is the unit, and the second is the ten. The number 11, for example, literally means: ‘one ten is 11’ and so on.
Furthermore, from 16 to 19, you will notice that all numbers have the base number as an ending. Ex: 19: (diecinueve – ‘nueve’ means 9!)
Some numbers that end in 0 are written with the ending ‘-enta,’ such as 30 (treinta). The exceptions to this rule are the numbers 10 (diez) and 20 (veinte).
From the number 30 onwards, it becomes even easier to count. As you stop combining the words’ veinti+nueve’ – 29, start separating and adding a ‘y’ (and).
Formula: ten + and + units
The number 36 is written down as: ‘treinta y seis.’
(10+3) + (y) + (6)
Let’s continue counting!
Now You Can Count Until 100!
Practice Your Knowledge Of Spanish Cardinal Numbers!
Let’s see some sentences involving smaller and higher numbers in real-life situations.
- Pedimos veinte cafés para llevar. (We ordered Twenty coffees to go.)
- Tengo tres hijos. (I have three children.)
- Mi gato tiene diez años. (My cat is ten years old.)
- Un minuto, por favor. (One minute, please.)
- Me podría dar dos cervezas, por favor? (Can I get two beers, please?)
- Cuarenta y cinco personas asistieron al teatro hoy. (Forty-five people attended the theater today.)
- Recibí treinta y cinco cartas. (I received thirty-five letters.)
- Son las cinco de la tarde con seis minutes. (It’s five in the afternoon, in six minutes.)
- Tengo cincuenta días para estudiar. (I have fifty days to study.)
- Hay veinte caballos en la pista. (There are twenty horses on the track.)
- Hay cuarenta y tres aspirantes. (There are forty-three applicants.)
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Now that you know how to count Spanish numbers, you are ready to speak them out loud. Your next step is to practice these numbers to count in your everyday life. The more you speak Spanish, the better. Start by counting simple objects in your room to using the numbers when paying abroad.
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