Learn Your Spanish Numbers: 1 to 100 and Beyond (Pronunciation and Examples Included!)
If you’re studying Spanish, you should start learning your numbers right away—after all, they come up a lot in everyday life!
Knowing how to count in Spanish is crucial for basic conversational topics, whether you’re asking about prices while shopping, telling someone what time to meet you somewhere, or telling someone what year you were born.
In this post you’ll learn everything you need to know about Spanish numbers, including how to count from one to a billion, grammar rules for numbers, ordinal numbers and more.
Ready to get started?
- Spanish Numbers
- Spanish Numbers in Sequences or Orders
- Spanish Numbers Practice Quiz
Spanish Numbers 1 to 10
1 — Uno
2 — Dos
3 — Tres
4 — Cuatro
5 — Cinco
6 — Seis
7 — Siete
8 — Ocho
9 — Nueve
10 — Diez
Note: When it comes before a masculine noun, uno becomes un. For example, un espejo (one mirror).
Spanish Numbers 11 to 30
11 — Once
12 — Doce
13 — Trece
14 — Catorce
15 — Quince
16 — Dieciséis
17 — Diecisiete
18 — Dieciocho
19 — Diecinueve
20 — Veinte
21 — Veintiuno
22 — Veintidós
23 — Veintitrés
24 — Veinticuatro
25 — Veinticinco
26 — Veintiséis
27 — Veintisiete
28 — Veintiocho
29 — Veintinueve
30 — Treinta
Note: See how dieciséis (16) is made up of diez (10) and seis (6), which together make 16? This idea of combining numbers will be a common theme throughout this post.
When they’re paired with masculine nouns, we also shorten numbers that end in uno to ún (note the accent). So it’s veintiún espejos (21 mirrors) because espejos is masculine.
Spanish Numbers 40 to 100
40 — Cuarenta
50 — Cincuenta
60 — Sesenta
70 — Setenta
80 — Ochenta
90 — Noventa
100 — Cien
Note: To make specific numbers past 30, you have to use y (and) to connect the 10s with the 1s. For example:
33 is treinta y tres
65 is sesenta y cinco
For more practice with Spanish numbers 1 to 100, I recommend watching this comprehensive video from Butterfly Spanish on YouTube:
Spanish Numbers 100 to 1000
100 — Cien
200 — Doscientos
300 — Trescientos
400 — Cuatrocientos
500 — Quinientos
600 — Seiscientos
700 — Setecientos
800 — Ochocientos
900 — Novecientos
1,000 — Mil
Note: Cien is only used to say 100 even—anything above that and we’ll use ciento.
There’s also no y used with these larger numbers because the y is only used to separate the 10s from the 1s (42 = cuarenta y dos) but not the 100s from the 10s (142 = ciento cuarenta y dos).
So, following this pattern, 104 is ciento cuatro. 147 is ciento cuarenta y siete not ciento y cuarenta y siete.
- Cien is used as an adjective before nouns, such as: cien naranjas, cien días. It’s also used as an adjective when followed by the numbers mil, millón, billón (ie. cien mil, cien millones, cien billones).
- Use ciento when attaching smaller numbers in the 10s and 1s: ciento cuarenta, ciento sesenta, etc. It’s also used in expressions or refrains, usually coming from old Spanish.
- When a number ends in ientos, the adjective (the number) agrees with the noun (the thing we are counting). For example: Seiscientos espejos, seiscientas mesas, etc.
Spanish Numbers 1,000 and Beyond
- 1,000 — Mil
- 100,000 — Cien mil
- 1,000,000 — Un millón
- 1 Billion (a million millions) — Un billón
- 1 Thousand million (a billion in the U.S. system) — Mil millones
- Another word for a billion in the U.S. system — Un millardo
Beyond one thousand, you use the appropriate number to signify how many thousands you have. For example:
2,000 — Dos mil
3,006 — Tres mil seis
46,000 — Cuarenta y seis mil
46,155 — Cuarenta y seis mil, ciento cincuenta y cinco
Note: After mil, in Spanish, we use a period to separate our numbers instead of a comma, like we use in English. So 100,000 in English becomes 100.000 (cien mil).
Congratulations, you can now use these rules to count up to a million!
A million in Spanish is un millón or 1.000.000.
Let’s look at some examples:
4.000.000 — Cuatro millones
4.000.800 — Cuatro millones ochocientos
6.986.410 — Seis millones, novecientos ochenta y seis mil, cuatrocientos diez
And a un billón (a billion)? Well, that depends on which system you’re using, as there’s some debate about how many a billion actually is.
Officially, the whole world has now decided to go with the U.S. system, where a billion is a thousand million. But in practice, how many millions there are in a billion varies wherever you are.
If you need to be precise, it might be worth asking ¿Cuánto es un billón? (How much is a billion?).
The best way to pick up on these number rules is to immerse yourself as much as possible and listen to how natives pronounce things.
For example, you could use FluentU to watch authentic Spanish videos featuring native speakers in a variety of different contexts. Each video also comes with interactive subtitles, which let you hover over new words and structures you don’t know.
This is a pretty easy way to catch Spanish numbers used “in the wild” and learn other new terms in context.
Spanish Numbers in Sequences or Orders
Ordinal numbers are words that describe a sequence or order, like “first,” “second,” “third,” etc.
We don’t use ordinal numbers for the date in Spanish (like in English), but you do need them to talk about things like floor numbers, directions and who has won competitions (she won first prize, for example).
1st — Primer (o/a)
2nd — Segundo (a)
3rd — Tercer (o/a)
4th — Cuarto (a)
5th — Quinto (a)
6th — Sexto (a)
7th — Séptimo (a)
8th — Octavo (a)
9th — Noveno (a)
10th — Décimo (a)
Note that these words are adjectives (because they describe a noun), so you have to make them masculine, feminine or plural, depending on what you’re talking about. For example:
El primer piso (the first floor)
Ella es la primera (she’s the first)
Son los primeros a ir de viaje en nuestro familia (They’re the first ones to go on holiday in our family)
Spanish Numbers Practice Quiz
Let’s put your new Spanish numbers knowledge to the test with a 10-question quiz!
Translate the following numbers into Spanish and see how many you can get correct.
How’d you do? Review your mistakes by going over the sections above!
So there you have it.
Spanish numbers are as easy as one, two, three—or uno, dos, tres!