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In this lesson, you will learn how to state numerical information in Spanish. Specifically, this lesson will cover:
  1. Los Números (Numbers)
    1. Expressing Years
    2. Stating How Many There Are

1. Los Números (Numbers)

The chart below will help you learn how to say all of the numbers you will need to know in Spanish.

Number English Spanish
1 - 10 one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, diez
11-19 eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen once, doce, trece, catorce, quince, dieciséis, diecisiete, dieciocho, diecinueve
20 - 29 twenty, twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-four, twenty-five, twenty-six, twenty-seven, twenty-eight, twenty-nine veinte, veintiuno, veintidós, veintitrés, veinticuatro, veinticinco, veintiséis, veintisiete, veintiocho, veintinueve
30 - 39 thirty, thirty-one, thirty-two, thirty-three, thirty-four, thirty-five, thirty-six, thirty-seven, thirty-eight, thirty-nine treinta, treinta y uno, treinta y dos, treinta y tres, treinta y cuatro, treinta y cinco, treinta y seis, treinta y siete, treinta y ocho, treinta y nueve
40 - 90 (follow the pattern for 30-39) forty, fifty, sixty, seventy, eighty, ninety cuarenta, cincuenta, sesenta, setenta, ochenta, noventa
100 - 900 one hundred, two hundred, three hundred, four hundred, five hundred, six hundred, seven hundred, eight hundred, nine hundred ciento, doscientos, trescientos, cuatrocientos, quinientos, seiscientos, setecientos, ochocientos, novecientos
1,000 one thousand un mil
2,000 two thousand dos mil
1,000,000 one million un millón
2,000,000 two million dos millones

Note that the decimal and comma are the opposite in Spanish number notation: 1,000.00 (one thousand) in English is written as 1.000,00 (un mil) in Spanish notation.

1a. Expressing Years

The following chart provides examples to demonstrate how to communicate years in Spanish.

Year English Spanish
1999 nineteen ninety-nine mil novecientos noventa y nueve
2010 two thousand ten dos mil diez

1b. Stating How Many There Are

The following chart provides an example with the necessary vocabulary for stating how many of something there are.

Amount English Spanish
33 There are thirty-three pills. Hay treinta y tres píldoras.

In this lesson, you learned how to identify numbers in Spanish. It's important to remember that the decimal and comma are notated differently in Spanish than in English, which can cause issues with translations involving money. You also learned some useful vocabulary that will allow you to express years and state how many of an item there are.

¡Buena suerte!

Source: This content has been adapted from "Spanish for Nurses" by Stephanie Langston.