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Survival Spanish Part 3: Numbers and Shopping

So you're traveling to Lating America or Spain soon and you need to know some basic phrases in Spanish to help get you by! We'll go through a quick primer on survival Spanish to help you on your way! This tutorial will teach you an introduction on numbers and then go over some terminology for shopping.

First, let's start with some basic vocabulary:

SpanishEnglishComments
cerozero
unoone
dostwo
tresthree
cuatrofour
cincofive
seissix
sieteseven
ochoeight
nuevenine
diezten
onceeleven
docetwelve
trecethirteen
catorcefourteen
quincefifteen
dieciséissixteen
diecisieteseventeen
dieciochoeighteen
diecinuevenineteen
veintetwenty
veintiunotwenty oneFor the numbers from 21 to 29, use a combination of veinti- and a number from one to nine (with no space in between).
veintidóstwenty twoFor the numbers from 21 to 29, use a combination of veinti- and a number from one to nine (with no space in between).
treintathirty
treinta y dosthirty two
cuarentafourty
cincuentafifty
sesentasixty
setentaseventy
ochentaeighty
noventaninety
cienone hundedUse cien for one hundred exactly
ciento unoone hunded and oneif it's between 101 and 199, use ciento
ciento treinta y dosone hundred and thirty two
milone thousand
dos miltwo thousand
¿Cuántohow much, how many
cuestaslope, costsfeminine noun
centavoscentsmasculine noun, used in combination with dollars
céntimoscentsmasculine noun, used in combination with euros
conwith, point (with decimals)
euroseuromasculine noun
pesoweight, pesomasculine noun
demasiadotoo much
caroexpensive


Great! Once you have mastered the basic vocabulary above, let's start with some Spanish questions and amounts when you go shopping:

EnglishSpanishComments
How much is this?¿Cuánto cuesta?
eighty five centsochenta y cinco centavos
thirty two euros and fourty centstreinta y dos euros con cuarenta céntimos
twenty one pesos and ninety nine centsveintiún pesos con noventa y nueve centavosUno becomes un when describing masculine nouns and it becomes una when describing feminine nouns. Thus, numbers ending in uno such as veintiuno and treinta y uno, need to change as well.
Too much!¡Demasiado!
Too expensiveDemasiado caro

Please try part 4 of our Spanish survival guide.


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