Writing and Saying Spanish Numbers 20-100

In the previous lesson, we learned how to write and use numbers from 1  to 20. In this one, you will learn the basics pattern for Spanish numbers 20-100, “los números del 20 al 100”. The lesson includes several examples of common questions and phrases with numbers in Spanish, besides a video with simple explanations and many other interesting resources that will show you how to use numbers in real situations. Let’s begin…

Introductory video: Writing and saying Spanish Numbers 1-100

We will begin the lesson with a video as a warm-up activity. This video will present several drawings related to Spanish numbers 1-100, as well as sentences with these numbers. It also explains some basic patterns related to numbers and introduces new questions and expressions. Do not worry if you cannot remember the vocabulary easily as we will provide more examples later. Please activate the captions (cc) below if you need the English translation.

Using Spanish Numbers 20-100 to make simple sentences

Spanish numbers 20-30

First, we will learn Spanish numbers 20-30. They normally follow a very simple pattern, which consists of the prefix VEINTI- plus a digit from one to nine, “un dígito del uno al nueve”. As an illustration, let’s take the number twenty-two. The “twenty” part will be translated as VEINTI- so we simply need to add the number DOS and say “VEINTIDOS”, making a single word out of two numbers. The key is to know how to use numbers from one to ten. Know that the number twenty by itself will be written as “VEINTE”.

Listen to some sentences with Spanish numbers 20-30 below and the way they can be used to count people, say prices and tell others how old you are.

VEINTE – Hay veinte personas en la clase
There are 20 people in the class
VEINTIUNO – Yo tengo el número veintiuno
I have the number twenty one
VEINTICINCO – ¿Tú tienes veinticinco años?
Are you twenty five years old?
VEINTISIETE- Esta camisa vale veintisiete dólares
This shirt is twenty seven dollars
TREINTA – La empresa tiene treinta trabajadores.
The empresa has thirty workers

Spanish numbers 30-100

In order to write and say most Spanish numbers after 30, we will first have to learn the tens, that is “TREINTA”, “CUARENTA”, “CINCUENTA” and so on. These words are the basis to form Spanish numbers 30-100.  For number in between 30 and 40, for instance, we will write the ten e.g. TREINTA, then we will add the conjunction “Y” in the middle and finally a digit from 1 to 9.

Using Spanish numbers 20-100 in Sententes
Numbers in Spanish 30 to 100

As an example, the number “thirty-four” is composed of the ten TREINTA and the digit CUATRO so we can write this number as “Treinta y cuatro”. Notice that unlike Spanish numbers like “VEINTIUNO”, we must write the numbers independently so writing “TREINTAYCUATRO” would be incorrect. Below, you can read and listen to some sentences using a few Spanish numbers 30-100. Check how the rules we explained are applied in the examples.

TREINTA Y CINCO – Treinta y cinco razones para estudiar español
Thirty five reasons to study Spanish
CUARENTA – Hay cuarenta personas en la clase.
There are forty people in the class
CUARENTA Y SIETE – Mi mamá tiene cuarenta y siete años
My mother is 47 years old
CINCUENTA – ¿Podrías prestarme cincuenta dólares?
Could you lend me 50 dollars?
SESENTA – Una hora tiene sesenta minutos
An hour has 60 minutes
SETENTA – Hay setenta posibilidades.
There are 70 possibilities
OCHENTA – Un pueblo pequeño con ochenta casas
A small town with 80 houses
NOVENTA – Mi teléfono tiene noventa aplicaciones.
My phone has 90 apps
NOVENTA Y NUEVE – El Noventa y nueve está cerca del cien
99 is close to 100
CIEN – Así que aprendíste cien números.
So you learned 100 numbers

Closing remarks and Exercises with Spanish Numbers 20-100

As you can see from all the examples provided in the lesson, Spanish numbers 20-100 and actually all numbers in the language are really useful for many different purposes. It often takes years for kids to learn numbers from 1 to 100 in Spanish, although for some reason they really like counting things and that helps a lot in their learning process somehow. Make sure you also find situations in which you can use Spanish numbers and use the languages. No examples will make you learn better than the ones you can create. Just before you go, test yourself with the quiz below. ¡Buena suerte!¡Hasta pronto!

Vocabulary quiz: Numbers in Spanish 20 – 100

This vocabulary quiz will test if you know how to spell and use numbers in Spanish from 20 to 100. You will find some interesting exercises in this quiz that will reinforce what we have explained in this lesson.


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