Updated: Mar 9
Today, I’ll be finishing off with the rest of the numbers you’ll need to know to let people know how old you are. I guess I should have taught you how to count before all these phrases and everything huh? Well, now you’re getting them, since it’s one of the most basic things you’ll need to know.
So, let’s start by recapping what we know about numbers in Español. First off, we know how to count to 20, the first 10 numbers are pretty easy to remember, and then you get the weird numbers from 11 all the way through to 20. Let me remind you of how they look, spelt out.
If you want to remember how they sound, you can take a look at my previous post.
Are you guys still with me? Don’t worry, if you’re not, you can just save the picture above and practice in your free time. If you’re ready to move on, let’s go.
The Roaring 20s!
Right, let’s start looking at how to count from 20 to 30. Why? Because it’s a little different from the rest of the numbers, and you’ll see why soon enough. So, let’s take a look at them.
So, you can see that they’re largely the same, in terms of structure. For example, …
21 = vein-ti-un-o
Now, remember, that the “v” in the “vein” part of the word sounds more like “b”, so it should sound more like “bein-ti-un-o” The same goes for the rest of the 20s, so 25 is “bein-ti-cin-co”, 27 is “bein-ti-si-eh-te” all the way to 29.
Ok, now if you’re older than 29, then you’re going to need to know that the structure for the 20s isn’t the same for other numbers. It’s wholly unique to its decade or group. So, let’s take a look at the 30s and I’ll show you what I mean.
Do you see? You need to remember this, especially if you’re writing out these numbers. When you’re speaking it could be forgiven, considering it’s a long translation, and I won’t be surprised if natives managed to contract the words to make it part of their slang, but if you want to be able to communicate well, I suggest learning the words properly.
Ok, let me put it this way, if you’re speaking to someone and you mumble a lot, you’ll probably get the standard “what did you say?” or “huh?” or “what was that?”, those sorts of phrases. So, you need to speak properly to get them to understand what you’re saying. The same goes for any language. Learn how to speak properly, before you learn how to speak their slang.
So, Let’s Speak Properly
Alright, let’s take a look at one of the numbers to actually know how to say them properly. Let’s look at…31, as a start.
31 = trein-ta-y(ee)-un-o
Now, pay close attention to the “y” in the word. It’s not the same as our “y” which sounds more like “why”, it should sound more like “ee” as in “see”. Don’t ask me why, it’s a language thing, and I’m not a linguist so I wouldn’t know the history of it. Also, remember that the “r” is rolled, so remember think of the American version of the English “t” when they say words like “water”.
Are you still good? Do you understand? Good! Let’s take a look at the difference between the 20s and 30s.
What’s The Difference?
You’ve probably noticed it, but when you look at it closely, the “i” in the 20s, turns into “y” in the 30s. Now this is specific to the 20s, again, I wouldn’t know the reason, but it’s just the way it is. So, if you look at 24, you’ll say “veinticuatro”, and when you look at 34, you’ll say “treinta y cuatro”. Basically, you’re literally saying “30 and 4”, and this goes on for the rest of the numbers you’ll encounter, so for example, 55 is “cincuenta y cinco” or 67 is “sesenta y siete”.
Does that make sense? Great!
So, here’s the list of the rest of tens (you know like, 40, 50, 60 and so on). That way all you need to do is swap out the “treinta” with these words, if you’re older than 30!
40 = Cuarenta
50 = Cincuenta
60 = Sesenta
70 = Setenta
80 = Ochenta
90 = Noventa
Alright, so now we know that, let me ask you this. Can you guess what 100 is? If you think it follows the pattern, you’re wrong! Actually, it becomes…
It’s strange, I know, but hey, that’s how it is! Now you guys can count up to 100! So, you can finally say how old you are, even if you’re not quite dieciseis years old!
Say Your Age!
You’ve probably guessed by now, it’s Homework Time! So, my homework for you guys is to practice saying how old you are, no matter your age, or at least practice counting to 100. That way, you can use it to count other things, like how many apples you want in your grocery list, or how much something costs!
Well, that’s it from me today, I’ll see you guys next time. For now, don’t forget to like, subscribe and follow for more updates and the latest posts here on Feather’s Charm and on my social media accounts. Oh, and share these posts with family and friends, those who you’d think might enjoy these topics and tips! I’ll see you later!