Numbers in Portuguese – números em Português

Numbers are used all over the world. Everybody understand values like 15, 350, 97 and so on. It is a world pattern. The question is how to read them in every language. This part changes from one language to another, with some similarities in some cases.

Today I’m gonna explain how to say numbers in English, starting from number 1. Let’s see first from one to twenty:

1 – um (or uma, depending on the ‘gender’)

2 – dois (or duas, like mentioned above)

3 – três

4 – quatro

5 – cinco

6 – seis

7 – sete

8 – oito

9 – nove 

10 – dez

11 – onze

12 – doze

13 – treze

14 – quatorze (or catorze, same meaning)

15 – quinze

16 – dezesseis

17 – dezessete

18 – dezoito

19 – dezenove

20 – vinte

FROM 21 TO 99

Number greater than 21 and smaller than 99 are read this way: the “tens” plus the units part, separated by E (and).

In Portuguese we consider tha 25, for example, is the same as “20 and 5”. So we read it vinte e cinco. 27 is read vinte e sete, and so on.

numbers in portuguese

If these numbers end in 1 or 2, they can be read uma or duas, depending on the context. I’ll explain it in another post.

Here are the other tens:

30 – trinta

40 – quarenta

50 – cinquenta

60 – sessenta

70 – setenta

80 – oitenta

90 – noventa

You can see here another examples of two-digit numbers:

75 – setenta e cinco

91 – noventa e um / noventa e uma

84 – oitenta e quatro

62 – sessenta e dois / sessenta e duas

37 – trinta e sete

HUNDREDS

The number 100 itself is read cem. However, when we read the numbers from 101 to 199, it is read “cento” and is added  the word E (and) again. So the number 139 is read cento e trinta e nove. 174 is read cento e setenta e quatro.

The other hundreds are read this way:

200 – duzentos / duzentas

300 – trezentos / trezentas

400 – quatrocentos / quatrocentas

500 – quinhentos / quinhentas

600 – seiscentos / seiscentas

700 – setecentos / setecentas

800 – oitocentos / oitocentas

900 – novecentos / novecentas

Some examples here:

325 – trezentos (trezentas) e vinte e cinco

749 – setecentos (setecentas) e quarenta e nove

461 – quatrocentos e sessenta e um or quatrocentas e sessenta e uma

THOUSAND

The number 1000 is usually read mil. It can also be read as um mil, but this is rare. In Portuguese, we use the dot sign (.) to separate the thousand part of the hundreds, tens and units’ part. So the number 12345 becomes 12.345. The part before the dot is read like explained above and then it’s added the word mil. See examples:

12.345 – doze mil, trezentos e quarenta e cinco

4.003 – quatro mil e três

17.950 – dezessete mil, novecentos (novecentas) e cinquenta

325.044 – trezentos (trezentas) e vinte e cinco mil e quarenta e quatro

MILLIONS AND BILLIONS

For million, the word is milhão (singular) or milhões (plural). Billions are read bilhão or bilhões. To make it easier to read, we use the dot sign every three digits, starting backwards.

See some examples of “big numbers”:

1.435.644 – um milhão, quatrocentos (quatrocentas) e trinta e cinco mil, seiscentos e quarenta e quatro

35.064.135 – trinta e cinco milhões, sessenta e quatro mil, cento e trinta e cinco

2.999.456.076 – dois bilhões, novecentos e noventa e nove milhões, quatrocentos e cinquenta e seis mil e setenta e seis

HOW TO PRONOUNCE THE NUMBERS IN PORTUGUESE

I have recorded and you can listen by clicking below the sound of the numbers in Portuguese:

I hope this content was useful to you. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.

See you next post,

Ueritom

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