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 Number Spanish Number Spanish Phonetic
zero cero thero
one uno oo-no
two dos dos
three tres tres
four cuatro kwat-ro
five cinco theen-ko
six seis seys
seven siete syet-ay
eight ocho o-cho
nine nueve nwe-bay
ten diez dyeth


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

English Number Spanish Number Spanish Phonetic
eleven once on-thay
twelve doce doth-ay
thirteen trece treth-ay
fourteen catorce kat-or-thay
fifteen quince keen-thay
sixteen dieciséis dyeth-ee-seys
seventeen diecisiete dyeth-ee-syet-ay
eighteen dieciocho dyeth-ee-o-cho
nineteen diecinueve dyeth-ee-nwe-bay
twenty veinte beyn-tay


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

English Number Spanish Number Spanish Phonetic
twenty-one vientiuno beyn-tay-oo-no
twenty-two vientidós beyn-tay-dos
twenty-three vientitres beyn-tay-tres
twenty-four vienticuatro beyn-tay-kwat-ro
twenty-five vienticinco beyn-tay-theen-ko
twenty-six vientiseis beyn-tay-seys
twenty-seven vientisiete beyn-tay-syet-ay
twenty-eight vientiocho beyn-tay-o-cho
twenty-nine vientinueve beyn-tay-nwe-bay


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

English Number Spanish Number Spanish Phonetic
thirty treinta treyn-ta
forty cuarenta kwa-ren-ta
fifty cincuenta theen-kwen-ta
sixty sesenta se-sen-ta
seventy setenta se-ten-ta
eighty ochenta o-chen-ta
ninety noventa no-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 Number Spanish Number Spanish Phonetic
one hundred cien thyen


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 Number Spanish Number Spanish Phonetic
one hundred seven ciento setenta thyen-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 Number Spanish Number Spanish Phonetic
two hundred dos cientos dos-thyen-tos
three hundred trescientos tres-thyen-tos
four hundred cuatrocientos kwat-ro-thyen-tos


Five hundred is pronounced slightly different:

English Number Spanish Number Spanish Phonetic
five hundred quiniientos keen-yen-tos


The following are quite simple to remember:

English Number Spanish Number Spanish Phonetic
one thousand mil meel
one million un million oon –meel-yon


Ordinal Numbers

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

English Number Spanish Number Spanish Phonetic
first primero pree-me-ro
second segundo se-goon-do
third tercero ter-the-ro
fourth cuarto kwar-to
fifth quinto keen-to
sixth sexto sex-to
seventh séptimo sept-ee-mo
eighth octavo ok-ta-bo
ninth noveno no-be-no
tenth décimo deth-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 Word Spanish Word(M) Spanish Phonetic (M) Spanish Word (F) Spanish Phonetic (F)
A little bit un poquito oon po-kee-to
Many muchos moo-chos muchas moochas
some algunos al-goo-nos algunas al-goo-nas
More más mas
Less menos me-nos


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

English Word Spanish Word (M) Spanish Phonetic (M) Spanish Word (F) Spanish Phonetic (F)
Small pequeño pe-kay-nyo pequeña pe-kay-nya
Tiny pequeñito pe-kay-nee-to pequeñita pe-kay-nee-ta
Medium medio me-dyo media me-dya
Large grande gran-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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