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Learn the Numbers in Portuguese

The numbers in Portuguese follow a fairly similar set of rules to the numbers in English. There are a few minor differences and little quirks to pick up, but for the most part Portuguese numbers are one of the simpler aspects of learning the language.

To get the pronunciation right, and to make sure you’re using the numbers in a grammatically correct way, you can practice them with an expert, like the tutors at

Below is a list of the important numbers in Portuguese, from zero up to one trillion. Where gender is an issue, the masculine inflection is marked (m) and the feminine inflection is marked (f). Also, some numbers differ between European and Brazilian Portuguese. The European spellings are marked (EU) and the Brazilian ones (BR).

0: Zero

1: Um (m) / Uma (f)

2: Dois (m) / Duas (f)

(Some numbers in Portuguese–basically, all the numbers ending in 1 or 2–change their spelling depending on the gender of the noun they enumerate.)

3: Três

4: Quatro

5: Cinco

6: Seis

7: Sete

8: Oito

9: Nove

10: Dez

11: Onze

12: Doze

13: Treze

14: Catorze (Sometimes spelled “quatorze” in Brazil)

15: Quinze

16: Dezasseis (EU) Dezesseis (BR)

17: Dezasseis (EU) Dezessete (BR)

18: Dezoito

19: Dezanove (EU) Dezenove (BR)

20: Vinte

21: Vinte e um (m) / Vinte e uma (f)

22: Vinte e dois (m) / Vinte e duas (f)

23: Vinte e três

24: Vinte e quatro

25: Vinte e cinco

26: Vinte e seis

27: Vinte e sete

28: Vinte e oito

29: Vinte e nove

30: Trinta

31: Trinta e um (m) / Trinta e uma (f)

32: Trinta e dois (m) / Trinta e duas (f)

40: Quarenta

50: Cinquenta

60: Sessenta

70: Setenta

80: Oitenta

90: Noventa

100: Cem

101: Cento e um (m) Cento e uma (f)

(Only use the word “cem” when the number is exactly one hundred. If it’s a hundred and something, you say “cento e x”)

200: Duzentos (m) Duzentas (f)

300: Trezentos (m) Trezentas (f)

400: Quatrocentos (m) Quatrocentas (f)

500: Quinhentos (m) Quinhentas (f)

600: Seiscentos (m) Seiscentas (f)

700: Setecentos (m) Setecentas (f)

800: Oitocentos (m) Oitocentas (f)

900: Novecentos (m) Novecentas (f)

1000: Mil

2000: Dois mil (m) Duas mil (f)

1 Million: Um milhão

1 Billion: Mil milhões (EU) Um bilhão (BR)

1 Trillion: Um bilhão (EU) Um trilhão (BR)

(“Um milhão,” “Um bilhão,” and “Um trilhão” are never inflected for gender because in this case the “Um” is enumerating the number of millions, billions, or trillions of things, not the number of things.)

As you can see, once you’ve learned the basic words, the numbers in Portuguese work in a similar way to the numbers in English. Just knowing the numbers, however, won’t get you very far. The best way to learn how to use Portuguese numbers in real situations is to work with a Portuguese tutor, practicing how to use them in the context of real sentences. With regular practice, before long you’ll be using Portuguese numbers with total confidence.

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