Painless List of Tagalog Numbers From 0 to 1M

October 14, 2020

No matter where you are in the world, numbering and counting are deemed as two of the most basic vocabulary lessons that each person should memorize by heart. You see, the Filipino language is actually so diverse! And if you are learning Tagalog, remember that there is so much than saying good morning and thank you in the language. If you are planning to visit the Pearl of the Orient Seas, learning how to count using Tagalog numbers is one of the sure-fire ways to astound most of the locals.

As we have discussed in our handy dandy list of 500 common Tagalog phrases, the language of the Philippines is unique in the sense that it features significant connections with the Spanish language.  Due to this, you might be surprised to know that the Filipinos interchangeably uses two sets of numbering systems: Tagalog and Spanish. These systems are normally used every day- when you are in the market, counting things, or even telling time.

 

Cardinal Tagalog Numbers

Below is an example for the first set of cardinal numbers 1-10:

English Tagalog Spanish
Zero Sero Sero
One Isa Uno
Two Dalawa Dos
Three Tatlo Tres
Four Apat Kuwatro
Five Lima Singko
Six Anim Sais
Seven Pito Siete
Eight Walo Otso
Nine Siyam Nuwebe
Ten Sampu Diyez

Normally, the Spanish counting system is used for telling time, age, and prices of goods in “palengke” or public marketplace in English. On the other hand, Tagalog numbers are mainly used for counting things, people, money, and random objects. As a word of advice, do not that Filipinos use code-switching where L1 is Tagalog and L2 is either Spanish or English. With this being said, it might be helpful to brush up your Spanish skills too.

Painless List of Tagalog Numbers From 0 to 1M

Luckily, learning the Tagalog language is an easy process, especially if you know English. You see, Tagalog counting follows the same pattern with English counting with orders such as ones, tens, and hundreds.

English Tagalog Spanish
Eleven Labing-isa Onse
Twelve Labing-dalawa Dose
Thirteen Labing-tatlo Trese
Fourteen Labing-apat Katorse
Fifteen Labing-lime Kinse
Sixteen Labing-anim Disisais
Seventeen Labing-pito Disisiete
Eighteen Labing-walo Disiotso
Nineteen Labing-siyam Disinuwebe

For number 20 to 99, the number system follows the general format of tens + “pu’t” + ones. Remember that if the tens’ digit ends with a vowel, it is usually followed by an “m” before the “pu’t.” Also, if there are no ones digit like for the case of 20, 30, 40, 50, and so on, no “ ’t ” is added. Take note of the examples below:

English Tagalog Spanish
Twenty Dalawampu Beynte
Twenty-one Dalawampu’t isa Beynte uno
Twenty-two Dalawampu’t dalawa Beynte dos
Twenty-three Dalawampu’t tatlo Beynte tres
Twenty-four Dalawampu’t apat Beynte kwatro
Twenty-five Dalawampu’t lima Beynte sinko
Twenty-six Dalawampu’t anim Beynte sais
Twenty-seven Dalawampu’t pito Beynte siete
Twenty-eight Dalawampu’t walo Beynte otso
Twenty-nine Dalawampu’t siyam Beynte nuwebe

To learn to count using 30 to 90, all you have to do is change all the “dalawampu’t” in the Tagalog column for the appropriate number. The same thing is true with the Spanish variation.

English Tagalog Spanish
Thirty Tatlumpu Trenta
Forty Apatnapu Kwarenta
Fifty Limampu Singkwenta
Sixty Animnapu Seisenta
Seventy Pitumpu Seyenta
Eighty Walmupu Otsenta
Ninety Siyamnapu Nobenta

For continuation, the general format followed is hundreds+ “na” or “ng” + “daan” or “raan” + “at” + the other numbers. Let us first discuss the meaning of the Tagalog signifiers in that format.

Signifier When to use Example
na If the number ends with a consonant 400 = Apat na raan
ng If the number ends with a vowel 200 = Dalawang daan
daan Used in combination with signifier “ng” 800 = Walong daan
raan Used in combination with signifier “na” 600 = Anim na raan
at Used to present the connection between hundreds and tens place 649 = Anim na raan at apatnapu’t siyam

To continue our counting from 100 to 900, take note of the cardinal Tagalog numbers below:

English Tagalog Spanish
One hundred Isang daan Ciento
Two hundred Dalawang daan Dos ciento
Three hundred Tatlong daan Tres ciento
Four hundred Apat na daan Kuwatro ciento
Five hundred Limang daan Quinientos
Six hundred Anim na daan Sais ciento
Seven hundred Pitong daan Siete ciento
Eight hundred Walong daan Otso ciento
Nine hundred Siyam na daan Nuwebe ciento

For counting 1000 to 9000, the following vocabulary terms are used:

English Tagalog Spanish
One thousand Isang libo Mil
Two thousand Dalawang libo Dos mil
Three thousand Tatlong libo Tres mil
Four thousand Apat na libo Kuwatro mil
Five thousand Limang libo Singko mil
Six thousand Anim na libo Sais mil
Seven thousand Pitong libo Siete mil
Eight thousand Walong libo Otso mil
Nine thousand Siyam na libo Nuwebe mil

*Note: Colloquially, Filipinos usually say “sanlibo” instead of “isang libo” for 1000.

For counting 10,000 to 100 thousand, Tagalog speakers simply use the format below.

English Tagalog Spanish
Ten thousand Sampung libo Diez mil
Twenty thousand Dalawampung libo Bente mil
Thirty thousand Tatlumpung libo Treynta mil
Forty thousand Apatnapung libo Kuwarenta mil
Fifty thousand Limampung libo Signkuwenta mil
Sixty thousand Animnapung libo Sesenta mil
Seventy thousand Pitumpung libo Setenta mil
Eighty thousand Walumpung libo Otsenta mil
Ninety thousand Siyamnapung libo Nobenta mil
One hundred thousand Sandaang libo Siyento mil
Two hundred thousand Dalawang daang libo Dos siyentos mil
Three hundred thousand Tatlong daang libo Tres siyentos mil
Four hundred thousand Apat na raang libo Kuwatro siyentos mil
Five hundred thousand Limang daang libo Kinyentos mil
Six hundred thousand Anim na raang libo Seis siyentos mil
Seven hundred thousand Pitong daang libo Siyete siyentos mil
Eight hundred thousand Walong daang libo Otso siyentos mil
Nine hundred thousand Siyam na raang libo Nuwebe siyentos mil
One million Isang milyon Un milyon

Ordinal Tagalog Numbers

To define a specific position in a series such as first, second, and third, we must use an ordinal number system. For Tagalog, it is quite easy to remember since all you have to do is add the word “ika” before the Tagalog cardinal numbers. Take note of the examples below:

English Cardinal Tagalog Numbers Ordinal Tagalog Numbers
One / First Isa Ikaisa
Two / Second Dalawa Ikalawa
Three / Third Tatlo Ikatlo
Four / Fourth Apat Ikaapat
Five / Fifth Lima Ikalima
Six / Sixth Anim Ikanim
Seven / Seventh Pito Ikapito
Eight / Eighth Walo Ikawalo
Nine / Ninth Siyam Ikasiyam
Ten / Tenth Sampu Ikasampu

Learning basic phrases in the Tagalog language

Tagalog is definitely a fun language to learn! To further learn Tagalog words and Tagalog phrases easily, then I recommend that you download the Ling App. The Ling App is the best companion for language enthusiasts and travelers who are challenging themselves to learn various languages. Want to establish a more meaningful relationship and connection with Filipino locals? Then I suggest you try to further practice your skills in the Philippine language through applications and actual conversations with the locals.

With your newfound vocabulary in using Tagalog numbers, you are one step closer to achieving full Tagalog fluency! Remember that the key to learning a language is time, continuous practice, and consistency. With that being said, if you want to further master the language and make meaningful connections with the Filipino people, be sure to check out the Ling App. The Ling App features fun mini-games and quizzes that can motivate you to practice and learn more about the language day by day.

 

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