Numbers in Spanish

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Numbers can be tricky sometimes; there are languages that have a very particular way of writing numbers. Numbers in Spanish, on the other hand, are quite easy to remember, because it’s a language mostly written as it sounds.

We divide Spanish numbers in cardinal numbers and ordinal numbers.

Números cardinales (Cardinal numbers)

Cardinal numbers are used to count things, referring to quantity. You can use it to talk about working hours, to count objects or to talk about money. Here you have some examples.

Ejemplos / Examples:

  • Hay tres (3) manzanas en la mesa ⇒ there are three (3) apples on the table.
  • Trabajó veinte (20) horas a la semana ⇒ He worked twenty (20) hours this week.
  • Ella tiene un (1) coche ⇒She has one (1) car.
  • Me dió cincuenta (50) dólares por mi trabajo ⇒He gave me fifty (50) dollars for my work.

Have a look at the following table with the numbers.

Español#English
cero0zero
uno1one
dos2two
tres3three
cuatro4four
cinco5five
seis6six
siete7seven
ocho8eight
nueve9nine
diez10ten
once11eleven
doce12twelve
trece13thirteen
catorce14fourteen
quince15fifteen
dieciséis16sixteen
diecisiete17seventeen
dieciocho18eighteen
diecinueve19nineteen
veinte20twenty
veintiún / veintiuno21twenty-one
veintidós22twenty-two
veintitrés23twenty-three
veinticuatro24twenty-four
veinticinco25twenty-five
veintiséis26twenty-six
veintisiete27twenty-seven
veintiocho28twenty-eight
veintinueve29twenty-nine
treinta30thirty
treinta y uno31thirty-one
cuarenta40forty
cincuenta50fifty
sesenta60sixty
setenta70seventy
ochenta80eighty
noventa90ninety
cien100one hundred
mil1000one thousand
un millón1000000one million
mil millones *1000000000one billion
un billón *1000000000000one trillion

Important: please note that in Spanish, unlike English, one billion is “mil millones” (one thousand million, or milliard). A billion in Spanish in equivalent to a trillion in English.

Números ordinales (Ordinal numbers)

Ordinal numbers are used to bring order into situations, objects or people. We usually use them when we do lists or when we need to narrate a series of events. We get the idea of what goes first, second, etc. Here some examples.

Ejemplos / Examples:

  • Primero 1º: Escribe tu nombre y dirección. Segundo 2º: Escribe tu trabajo y experiencia. Tercero 3º: Firma el formulario.
    First (1st): Write your name and address. Second (2nd): Write about your work experience. Third (3rd): Sign the form.
  • María, primera. Gerardo, Segundo. David, tercero.María, first (1st). Gerardo, second (2nd). David, third (3rd).
  • La primera palabra de mi bebé fue coche.My baby’s first (1st) word was “car”.
  • La segunda mujer de mi padre es muy guapa.My father’s second (2nd) wife is very pretty.
  • Vivo en el segundo piso.
    I live in the second floor
Español#English
primer, primero o primera1first
segundo2second
tercero3third
cuarto4fourth
quinto5fifth
sexto6sixth
sétimo7seventh
octavo8eighth
noveno9ninth
décimo10tenth
undécimo11eleventh
duodécimo12twelfth
decimotercer, decimotercero o decimotercera13thirteenth
decimocuarto14fourteenth
decimoquinto15fifteenth
decimosexto16sixteenth
decimosétimo17seventeenth
decimoctavo18eighteenth
decimonono o decimonoveno19nineteenth
vigésimo20twentieth
trigésimo30thirtieth
cuadragésimo40fortieth
quincuagésimo50fiftieth
sexagésimo60sixtieth
septuagésimo70seventieth
octogésimo80eightieth
nonagésimo90ninetieth
centésimo100hundredth
ducentésimo200two hundredth
tricentésimo300three hundredth
cuadragentésimo400four hundredth
quingentésimo500five hundredth
sexcentésimo600six hundredth
septingentésimo700seven hundredth
octingentésimo800eight hundredth
noningentésimo900nine hundredth
milésimo1000thousandth
dosmilésimo2000two thousandth
tresmilésimo3000three thousandth
cuatromilésimo4000four thousandth
cincomilésimo5000five thousandth
seismilésimo6000six thousandth
sietemilésimo7000seven thousandth
ochomilésimo8000eight thousandth
nuevemilésimo9000nine thousandth
diezmilésimo10000ten thousandth
millonésimo1000000millionth
mil millonésimo1000000000billionth
billonésimo1E+12trillionth

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