Counting In Spanish

There are two ways in which you can do counting in Spanish. One is to memorise all the numbers. The other way is to understand how Spanish numbers are formed.

Spanish numbers are not formed in the same way to the way they are in English. An added dimension is that some Spanish numbers actually change according to the gender of the noun that they are associated with.

So let’s have a go at counting in Spanish. What follows is a list of very basic Spanish numbers and the patterns in which they are formed. Take note that some of these numbers are in italics, some are not. The ones in our italics change with the gender, the others do not.

1. uno
2. dos
3. tres
4. cuatro
5. cinco
6. seis
7. siete
8. ocho
9. nueve
10. diez
11. once
12. doce
13. trece
14. catorce
15. quince
16. dieciséis
17. diecisiete
18. dieciocho
19. diecinueve
20. veinte
21. veintiuno
22. veintidós 24. veinticuatro
25. veinticinco
26. veintiséis
27. veintisiete
28. veintiocho
29. veintinueve
30. treinta
31. treinta y uno
32. treinta y dos
33. treinta y tres
40. cuarenta
41. cuarenta y uno
42. cuarenta y dos
50. cincuenta
60. sesenta
70. setenta
80. ochenta
90. noventa
100. ciento
101. ciento uno
102. ciento dos
103. ciento tres
110. ciento diez
199. ciento noventa y nueve
200. doscientos
201. doscientos uno
202. doscientos dos
203. doscientos tres
251. doscientos cincuenta y uno
252. doscientos cincuenta y dos
300. trescientos
400. cuatrocientos
500. quinientos
600. seiscientos
700. setecientos
800. ochocientos
900. novecientos
1.000. mil
2.000. dos mil
3.000. tres mil
3.333. tres mil trescientos treinta y tres
1,000,000. un millón
1,000,000,000. mil millones

How does counting in Spanish change with gender?

First of all what is this business about gender? In English we don’t ascribe masculine or feminine identities to nouns. In fact English speakers are the oddballs here. In French and in German this is common. However, in those languages the numbers do not change with the gender. Okay, I should stop confusing you now.

Here is how it works.Any number ending in uno takes on the form un if before a masculine noun, and una before a feminine noun. Examples: La casa (feminine), therefore una casa. El coche (masculine)therefore un coche. Now all you need to know is which nouns and are feminine in which are masculine!

Don’t worry millions have learned to speak correct Spanish before you. So with the right Spanish lessons online, or Spanish course, you also will get to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Just persist.

There is of course much more to it than this and you should not expect to learn to know the intricacies about counting in Spanish by reading this one page on the Internet.