When I came to Majorca to live, I found it helpful to learn the Spanish numbers straight away.

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When I came to Majorca to live, I found it helpful to learn the Spanish numbers straight away. I memorized the list of numbers below. It took some time …

… but I got there in the end.

I found it easier to learn the numbers ten at a time rather than trying to memorise the full list of numbers all at once.

The first column is the English word for the number. The second column is the word for the Spanish number, followed by the third column which is the Spanish word in phonetics to help you to pronounce the numbers correctly.

English NumberSpanish NumberSpanish Phonetic
zerocerothero
oneunooo-no
twodosdos
threetrestres
fourcuatrokwat-ro
fivecincotheen-ko
sixseisseys
sevensietesyet-ay
eightochoo-cho
ninenuevenwe-bay
tendiezdyeth


When you feel comfortable with above ten numbers, try the next ten numbers …

English NumberSpanish NumberSpanish Phonetic
elevenonceon-thay
twelvedocedoth-ay
thirteentrecetreth-ay
fourteencatorcekat-or-thay
fifteenquincekeen-thay
sixteendieciséisdyeth-ee-seys
seventeendiecisietedyeth-ee-syet-ay
eighteendieciochodyeth-ee-o-cho
nineteendiecinuevedyeth-ee-nwe-bay
twentyveintebeyn-tay


After the number twenty (veinte), you just add one (uno), two (dos) etc. after the number twenty (veinte).

English NumberSpanish NumberSpanish Phonetic
twenty-onevientiunobeyn-tay-oo-no
twenty-twovientidósbeyn-tay-dos
twenty-threevientitresbeyn-tay-tres
twenty-fourvienticuatrobeyn-tay-kwat-ro
twenty-fivevienticincobeyn-tay-theen-ko
twenty-sixvientiseisbeyn-tay-seys
twenty-sevenvientisietebeyn-tay-syet-ay
twenty-eightvientiochobeyn-tay-o-cho
twenty-ninevientinuevebeyn-tay-nwe-bay


Now that you have the twenties accomplished, you can try the thirties, forties etc.

English NumberSpanish NumberSpanish Phonetic
thirtytreintatreyn-ta
fortycuarentakwa-ren-ta
fiftycincuentatheen-kwen-ta
sixtysesentase-sen-ta
seventysetentase-ten-ta
eightyochentao-chen-ta
ninetynoventano-ben-ta


I found that the numbers after ninety were a little more complicated, but it all made sense to me eventually.

One Hundred in Spanish is …

English NumberSpanish NumberSpanish Phonetic
one hundredcienthyen


Notice that the Spanish do not say the word one before the word hundred i.e., uno cien, as we do in the English language one hundred. The Spanish word for one hundred is simply cien.

Note also that when you want to say a number such as One Hundred Seven, the word for one hundred becomes ciento.

English NumberSpanish NumberSpanish Phonetic
one hundred sevenciento setentathyen-to-se-ten-ta


Unlike One Hundred (cien), the hundred numbers that follow one hundred are specified i.e., dos and pluralized, i.e., cientos.

English NumberSpanish NumberSpanish Phonetic
two hundreddos cientosdos-thyen-tos
three hundredtrescientostres-thyen-tos
four hundredcuatrocientoskwat-ro-thyen-tos


Five hundred is pronounced slightly different:

English NumberSpanish NumberSpanish Phonetic
five hundredquiniientoskeen-yen-tos


The following are quite simple to remember:

English NumberSpanish NumberSpanish Phonetic
one thousandmilmeel
one millionun millionoon –meel-yon


Ordinal Numbers

Knowing the Ordinal Numbers can sometimes come in handy, so I have listed them for you here:

English NumberSpanish NumberSpanish Phonetic
firstprimeropree-me-ro
secondsegundose-goon-do
thirdterceroter-the-ro
fourthcuartokwar-to
fifthquintokeen-to
sixthsextosex-to
seventhséptimosept-ee-mo
eighthoctavook-ta-bo
ninthnovenono-be-no
tenthdécimodeth-ee-mo


Amounts and Size

Sometimes you may need to express an amount or a size, for instance if you go shopping. The following are the Spanish words used to do so. The (M) represents the masculine form and the (F) represents the feminine form.

English WordSpanish Word(M)Spanish Phonetic (M)Spanish Word (F)Spanish Phonetic (F)
A little bitun poquitooon po-kee-to
Manymuchosmoo-chosmuchasmoochas
somealgunosal-goo-nos algunasal-goo-nas
Moremásmas
Lessmenosme-nos


You may hear the words mas o menos quite often when you are in Majorca. This phrase means more or less.

English WordSpanish Word (M)Spanish Phonetic (M)Spanish Word (F)Spanish Phonetic (F)
Smallpequeñope-kay-nyopequeñape-kay-nya
Tinypequeñitope-kay-nee-topequeñitape-kay-nee-ta
Mediummediome-dyomediame-dya
Largegrandegran-day


I certainly hope that you have not found learning the Spanish numbers too off-putting. Do not despair, because with a little practice, before long you will find the Spanish numbers just rolling off your tongue.



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