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How To Count From 1-10 in Spanish

by Melody Li

Learning how to count to 10 in Spanish is an essential first step in building your everyday vocabulary. Whether you’re ordering tapas, haggling at the flea market, or asking what time the train departs, you’ll need to know your numbers in Spanish. 

Ready? Let’s start with counting from 1-10 in Spanish!

Numbers 1-10 in Spanish


How to use Spanish numbers in a sentence

Now that you know how to count to 10 in Spanish, you’re ready to use them in your everyday life. Here are some example phrases to help you get started:


  • Three books = tres libros 
  • Five tables = cinco mesas  
  • 10 apples = diez manzanas

Just like in English, the number comes before the noun in Spanish.


  • 1:03 = la una y tres 
  • 5:00 = las cinco 
  • 10:10 = las diez y diez

Learn more about how to tell time in Spanish.


  • January 3 = el tres de enero
  • April 5 = el cinco de abril 
  • December 10 =  el diez de diciembre

Learn how to say all the months in Spanish.

“One” in Spanish: Uno, un, or una?

In Spanish, the only number that has a gender is uno. That means the form of uno changes depending on the noun it’s describing. 

Use una for feminine nouns and uno for masculine nouns. Also, uno changes to un when it comes directly before a masculine noun. 

To remember this rule, it’s helpful to know that “a/an” can be used interchangeably with “one” in Spanish. For example, un libro can mean “one book” or “a book.” 

These examples show the different forms of uno

  • I want a book. = Quiero un libro.

Un is used because it comes directly before libro, a masculine noun.

  • Do you want a book? I have one. = ¿Quieres un libro? Tengo uno

Uno is used because it refers to libro, which is a masculine noun.

  • I want an apple. = Quiero una manzana.

Una is used because manzana is a feminine noun.

  • Do you want an apple? I have one. = ¿Quieres una manzana? Tengo una

Una is used because manzana is a feminine noun.

Learn Spanish in 10 minutes

Now that you’ve mastered the Spanish numbers up to 10, build on your knowledge and learn how to count to 20 or dive into essential Spanish phrases.

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