Counting to 100 in Spanish

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  • 0:06 Numbers in Spanish
  • 0:41 Numbers 1-30
  • 3:05 Numbers 31-100
  • 4:58 Practice
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Instructor: Ashley Garcias-Casas
Numbers are an important part of any language. They allow you to discuss prices, scores, temperatures, etc. In this lesson you will learn how to count from 0-100 in Spanish.

Numbers in Spanish

¡Uno, dos , tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, diez! Do these words sound familiar to you? If they do, you know this lesson deals with numbers. Numbers are very important in a language, and we use numbers in many situations, from talking about final scores to prices to the temperature. In this lesson, we are going to learn the numbers 0-100 in Spanish.

Numbers 1-30

You may already know some numbers in Spanish. If you do, try and say them aloud as we look at the numbers on the dominoes.

0 in Spanish? cero

1-16 In Spanish
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

Here we are literally saying 10 and 6, diez y seis, but it is written slightly different. These spelling changes will occur from numbers 16-29 so pay special attention. 17 diecisiete, 18 dieciocho, 19 diecinueve, 20 veinte.


Remember how 16 dieciséis was a spelling change of diez y seis? A slightly different spelling change occurs when counting from 21-29. Instead of using dominoes, we are going to look at calendar. Let's take a look.

We know 20 is veinte. To express twenty one, we literally say twenty and one: veinte y uno. However, in written form and in speaking, as well, these three parts blend together to form one:

21 veintiuno

Notice that we change the the 'e' from veinte to an 'i' and omit the 'and'. Also remember that numbers 21-29 are written as a single word.

22-29 In Spanish
22 veintidós
23 veintitrés
24 veinticuatro
25 veinticinco
26 veintiséis
27 veintisiete
28 veintiocho
29 veintinueve

Numbers 31-100

From 30-100 the numbers in Spanish follow a pattern composed of three parts. First we are going to count by tens starting with 30. This is the first part of the number.

30-100 In Spanish
30 treinta
40 cuarenta
50 cincuenta
60 sesenta
70 setenta
80 ochenta
90 noventa
100 cien

The other key component to form any number 30-99 is the conjunction 'and' (y) and the last component is any number 1-9.

1 uno
2 dos
3 tres
4 cuatro
5 cinco
6 seis
7 siete
8 ocho
9 nueve

Using these three columns we can form any number in Spanish from 30-99. Let's practice a few.

37 Since we know this literally means thirty and seven first we have to find the 'thirty' first. Good. treinta next the 'and' y and seven?siete ¡Excelente! 37 = treinta y siete

How about 42? cuarenta y dos

Next number: 59 cincuenta y nueve

65 sesenta y cinco

71 setenta y uno

84 ochenta y cuatro

96 noventa y seis

Practice: Numbers 1-100

Now we are going to practice the numbers. Remember being in math class and using greater than, less than or equal to when comparing numbers? Well, we are going back into the classroom. Try and guess which symbol will be used when comparing the numbers.

How about a practice question? Look at the chalkboard. We have 87 and cuarenta y tres. Now, is ochenta y siete greater than, lesser than, or equal to cuarenta y tres?

¡Muy bien! Take a look at these examples and do the same.

15 and cincuenta y cinco

37 and treinta y siete

11 and doce

18 and dieciséis

67 and setenta y siete

13 and trece

92 and noventa

¡Muy bien!

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