Learning Basic Numbers in Spanish: From 20 to 100

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Learn the basic Spanish numbers early

Learning the basic numbers is essential in any language, and Spanish numbers are no exception. You will need to know the basic Spanish numbers in order to have conversations about the basic situations like shopping or telling the time. This article explains the Spanish numbers from 20 to 100. As you would expect, before learning these it is recommended that you are already familiar with Spanish numbers from 1 to 10 and from 11 to 20.

Spanish numbers from 20 to 100

If you know some Italian or French, you have probably observed with the smaller Spanish numbers that they are quite similar to numbers in these other languages. It is mostly the case also with Spanish numbers from 20 to 100 – with some important differences of Spanish numbers from French.

Decimal system with Spanish numbers

Like Italian and unlike French in some cases (70-99), numbers in Spanish always follow a strictly decimal system: for example, number 90 is noventa in Spanish, novanta in Italian, but quatre-vingt-dix (which literally means 4 times 20 plus 10) in French.

Another warning when learning Spanish numbers while knowing Italian numbers: though the way they are written is often almost the same, there may be important differences in pronunciation of Italian vs. Spanish numbers.

Spanish cardinal numbers from 20 to 100: the tens

  • veinte = 20 (twenty)
  • treinta = 30 (thirty)
  • cuarenta = 40 (forty)
  • cincuenta = 50 (fifty)
  • sesenta = 60 (sixty)
  • setenta = 70 (seventy)
  • ochenta = 80 (eighty)
  • noventa = 90 (ninety)
  • ciento = 100 (one hundred)
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