We use numbers in every aspect of our lives. We use them to tell the time, count our money, check the date, measure objects, and find out how many calories were in that last piece of cake we ate. When learning a new language, its number system is always one of the first things we study since numbers have so much impact on our daily lives.

The great thing about Tagalog numbers is that they’re as simple as they can get. All you need to do is memorize the first nine numbers, and the rest should be as easy as 1-2-3. No pun intended! And no, that is not an exaggeration.

Why don’t we begin so you can see what we’re talking about?

Learning Filipino numbers is as important as learning the Filipino alphabet.

**Table of Contents**

- Filipino Numbers 1-9
- Filipino Numbers 10-100
- Filling in the Gaps
- Counting in the Hundreds and Thousands
- How to Give Your Phone Number
- Saying Prices
- Using Numbers When Shopping
- Learn More Than Just Tagalog Numbers with FilipinoPod101

## 1. Filipino Numbers 1-9

There are two sets of numbers used in the Filipino number system. The first set includes those of Malay origin, also known as Tagalog numbers. The second set includes those of Spanish origin. Tagalog numbers are used primarily for counting and measuring. Spanish numbers, on the other hand, are used for telling the time (although they’re also used for counting money).

It’s important to note that other Filipino dialects have their own number system apart from Spanish numbers, although the similarity in their pronunciation and spelling remains. In some Visayan dialects, for instance, *dalawa *(“two”) is spoken as either *duha *or *duwa*, and *tatlo *(“three”) is *tulo*.* *

That said, here are the numbers from 1 to 9 in both the Tagalog and Spanish number systems.

### 1 – Tagalog Numbers 1-9

1 | isa |

2 | dalawa |

3 | tatlo |

4 | apat |

5 | lima |

6 | anim |

7 | pito |

8 | walo |

9 | siyam |

### 2 – Spanish Numbers 1-9

1 | uno |

2 | dos |

3 | tres |

4 | kwatro |

5 | singko |

6 | sais |

7 | syete |

8 | otso |

9 | nuwebe |

Learning numbers in Filipino is pretty straightforward.

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*Supplement your learning with our vocabulary review lesson*Simple Numbers in Filipino

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**Note:** The modern Filipino number system doesn’t have an equivalent for “zero.” It’s rarely (if ever) used in literature or in conversations. However, a long time ago, Filipinos would use a term that referred to nothingness. It’s the word *kopong*, which is an Austronesian word meaning “empty” or “nothing.” You’ll find a short explanation in this article.

## 2. Filipino Numbers 10-100

In this section, you’ll learn how to count from 10 to 100 in Filipino.

There is a pattern used for counting from 11 to 19 in Tagalog. In English, we use “teen” for the numbers 13 to 19; in Tagalog, however, we use *labi* for the numbers 11 to 19. The term *labi *is Filipino for “remnant” or “excess,” that is, excess from ten. For instance, 11 is *labing-isa* in Tagalog, which means it is ten plus an excess of one.

### 1 – Tagalog Numbers 10-19

10 | sampu |

11 | labing-isa |

12 | labindalawa |

13 | labintatlo |

14 | labing-apat |

15 | labinlima |

16 | labing-anim |

17 | labimpito |

18 | labingwalo |

19 | labinsiyam |

### 2 – Spanish Numbers 10-19

10 | diyes |

11 | onse |

12 | dose |

13 | trese |

14 | katorse |

15 | kinse |

16 | disisais |

17 | disisyete |

18 | disiotso |

19 | disinuwebe |

### 3 – Tagalog Numbers 20-29

In our entry on intermediate Tagalog words, we mentioned the formula for counting beyond the “teen” numbers: add the suffix *-pu* to the end of the numbers in the tens place. The suffix *-pu*, by the way, is short for *sampu* (“ten”). Let’s see how that works.

#### A- Tagalog

20 | dalawampu |

30 | tatlumpu |

40 | apatnapu |

50 | limampu |

60 | animnapu |

70 | pitumpu |

80 | walumpu |

90 | siyamnapu |

100 | isang daan |

Notice how the linkers were used in these numbers. For *dalawampu *(“20”), the linker *ng *was replaced by “m” with the suffix *-pu* attached right after it. The same is true for the numbers *tatlumpu *(“30”), *limampu *(“50”), *pitumpu *(“70”), and *walumpu *(“80”). For numbers ending in a consonant, the linker *na* was used instead.

You can check out our blog entry on Filipino word order to review how the linkers *na *and *ng* are used.

#### B- Spanish

20 | bente |

30 | trenta |

40 | kwarenta |

50 | singkwenta |

60 | sesenta |

70 | setenta |

80 | otsenta |

90 | nobenta |

100 | siyen |

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*Learn how to say the numbers*

*1-100 in Filipino in this audio lesson*

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## 3. Filling in the Gaps

This time, let’s find out how to write numbers between 20 and 30, 30 and 40, and so on. The formula is rather simple. You simply write the word for the number in the tens place and attach the word for the number in the ones place after it. In this case, we will use the contraction of the linker *at* (“and”). Check this out:

### 1 – Tagalog Numbers

21 | dalawpu’t isa |

22 | dalawampu’t dalawa |

23 | dalawampu’t tatlo |

24 | dalawampu’t apat |

25 | dalawampu’t lima |

26 | dalawampu’t anim |

27 | dalawampu’t pito |

28 | dalawampu’t walo |

29 | dalawampu’t siyam |

The same rule applies to the rest of the numbers from 30 to 90. Here are some examples:

31 | tatlumpu’t isa |

42 | apatnapu’t dalawa |

53 | limampu’t tatlo |

64 | animnapu’t apat |

75 | pitumpu’t lima |

86 | walumpu’t anim |

97 | siyamnapu’t pito |

108 | isang daan at walo |

### 2 – Spanish Numbers

The rule for the Spanish numbers works in the same way, except that the linker used is also in Spanish: *y *(“and”). Also, the use of the linker excludes the numbers from 21 to 29 and all numbers from 100 and beyond. Let’s see how it works:

21 | bente uno |

22 | bente dos |

23 | bente kwatro |

28 | bente otso |

29 | bente nuwebe |

31 | trenta y uno |

42 | kwarenta y dos |

53 | singkwenta y tres |

64 | sisenta y kwatro |

75 | sitenta y singko |

86 | otsenta y sais |

97 | nobenta y syete |

108 | siyento otso |

**Trivia:** Did you know that Filipinos used to follow a different system for counting? It was way more complicated than the one we use today! This article talks about it in detail.

Linkers play an important role in the Filipino number system.

## 4. Counting in the Hundreds and Thousands

You already had a glimpse of what it’s like to count in the hundreds in Filipino. With Tagalog numbers, this simply means attaching the word for the numbers in the ones and tens place to the number in the hundreds place. We do that with the help of the linker *at *(“and”).

### 1 – Tagalog Numbers

Let’s take a look at how we use this linker to form larger numbers in Filipino:

101 | isang daan at isa |

102 | isang daan at dalawa |

109 | isang daan at siyam |

112 | isang daan at labingdalawa |

120 | isang daan at dalawampu |

125 | isang daan at dalawampu’t lima |

130 | isang daan at tatlumpu |

137 | isang daan at tatlumpu’t pito |

140 | isang daan at apatnapu |

144 | isang daan at apatnapu’t apat |

179 | isang daan at pitumpu’t siyam |

186 | isang daan at walumpu’t anim |

193 | isang daan at siyamnapu’t tatlo |

200 | dalawang daan |

300 | tatlong daan |

400 | apat na daan |

500 | limang daan |

600 | anim na daan |

700 | pitong daan |

800 | walong daan |

900 | siyam na daan |

Counting in the thousands is just as easy. All you need to do is replace the word *daan *(“hundred”) with *libo *(“thousand”) and apply the rules you’ve learned.

1000 | isang libo |

1001 | isang libo’t isa |

1020 | isang libo’t dalawampu |

1035 | isang libo’t tatlumpu’t lima |

1100 | isang libo’t isang daan |

1109 | isang libo’t isang daan at siyam |

1120 | isang libo’t isang daan at dalawampu |

1155 | isang libo’t isang daan at limampu’t lima |

2000 | dalawang libo |

3000 | tatlong libo |

4000 | apat na libo |

5000 | limang libo |

10000 | sampung libo |

The Filipino term for “thousand” is *libo*.

### 2 – Spanish Numbers

Once again, the same formula applies when counting using Spanish numbers. Just take note that there’s a difference in when the linker is used for numbers in Spanish.

101 | siyento uno |

102 | siyento dos |

109 | siyento nuwebe |

112 | siyento dose |

120 | siyento bente |

130 | siyento trenta |

137 | siyento trenta y siyete |

140 | siyento kwarenta |

144 | siyento kwarenta y kwatro |

193 | siyento nobenta y tres |

And for counting in the thousands, we simply replace *siyento *(“hundred”) with *mil *(“thousand”).

1000 | mil |

1001 | mil uno |

1020 | mil bente |

1035 | mil trenta y singko |

1100 | mil siyen |

1109 | mil siyento nwebe |

1120 | mil siyento bente |

1155 | mil siyento singkwenta y singko |

2000 | dos mil |

3000 | tres mil |

4000 | kwatro mil |

5000 | singko mil |

10000 | diyes mil |

By now, you’ve probably realized how easy it is to write numbers in Filipino, both in the Tagalog format and the Spanish format. As long as you follow the formula and know which linker to use (and when to use it), there’s very little chance for you to make a mistake.

## 5. How to Give Your Phone Number

The interesting thing about numbers in Filipino is that even though Filipinos use two number systems, we always give phone numbers using the English language. In the Philippines, it would be awkward to give your phone number using Tagalog or Spanish. Here’s an example scenario:

(“Can I have your number?”)*Pwede ko bang mahingi ang numero mo?*(“Sure. My number is 0947 7651036.”)*Sige. Ang numero ko ay 0947 7651036.*

Just like in English, the number “zero” is either spoken as “zero” or as the letter “O.”

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*Speaking of phone numbers, don’t forget to view this list of*

*useful Tagalog phone call phrases*

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## 6. Saying Prices

When it comes to reading prices, Filipinos often use English. However, when shopping at the public market (or any place besides malls), people often use a mixture of Tagalog and Spanish numbers. The same is true when it comes to jeepney, bus, or taxi fares.

(“It’s fifty per kilo.”)*Singkwenta lang ang kilo.*(“You only have to pay forty-five pesos for everything.”)*Kwarenta y singko lang lahat ang babayaran mo.*(“Sir, you’re ten pesos short.”)*Kuya, kulang ng sampu ang pamasahe mo.*(“It’s only fifteen pesos apiece.”)*Kinse pesos lang po ang isang piraso.*

Keep in mind that you don’t need to mention the currency all the time when saying prices or when counting money.

*Kwarenta y singko lang lahat ang babayaran mo. *(“You only have to pay forty-five pesos for everything.”)

## 7. Using Numbers When Shopping

As mentioned, Filipinos use a mixture of Tagalog and Spanish numbers when saying prices. Unless you’re shopping at some classy mall, you don’t have to use English at all.

(“I’m taking two of these.”)*Kukuha ako ng dalawa nito.*(“Give me three of those.”)*Bigyan mo ako ng tatlo niyan.*(“Let me try this one in the fitting room first.”)*Susukatin ko muna ang isang ito.*(“I’d like to buy five kilos of rice.”)*Pabili po ng limang kilong bigas.*(“I need seven pairs of these.”)*Pitong pares ang kailangan ko.*

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*Tagalog words used for shopping*

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