Numbers in Arabic

This free audio lesson on numbers in Arabic is essential stuff for your Arabic language survival kit! Whether you're going to the market for groceries, need to tell someone your age, or want to pass on your phone number, knowing your numbers and being able to count is essential in all cultures.

Note: In this lesson all gender specific words and sentences are in the masculine form.

1 to 10 in Arabic


Let's talk numbers in Arabic! We begin with the basic numbers from 1-10 (١,٢,٣,٤,٥,٦,٧,٨,٩, and ١٠) 

وَاحِد

wāḥid

one

اِتْنِين

itnein

two

تَلَاتَه

talātah

three

اَرْبَعَه

arba‘ah

four

خَمْسَه

khamsah

five

سِتَّه

sittah

six

سَبْعَه

sab‘ah

seven

تَمَانْيَه

tamanyah

eight

تِسْعَه

tis‘ah

nine

عَشَرَه

‘asharah

ten

11 to 20 in Arabic

Counting in Arabic is pretty straightforward. There are, however, rules that must be followed, particularly with the higher numbers like the ones we cover now! We'll begin with smaller numbers before moving on to multiples of large numbers.

حِدَاشَر

ḥidāshar

eleven

اِتْنَاشَر

itnāshar

twelve

تَلَتَّاشَر

talattāshar

thirteen

اَرْبَعْتَاشَرْ

arba‘tāshar

fourteen

خَمَسْتَاشَر

khamastāshar

fifteen

سِتَّاشَر

sittāshar

sixteen

سَبَعْتَاشَر

saba‘tāshar

seventeen

تَمَنْتَاشَر

tamantāshar

eighteen

تِسِعْتَاشَر

tisa‘tāshar

nineteen

عِشْرِين

‘ishrīn

twenty

Multiples of 10

Now for multiples of 10 in Arabic:

عَشَرَه

‘ashara

ten

عِشْرِين

‘ishrīn

twenty

تَلَاتِين

talatīn

thirty

اَرْبَعِين

arba‘īn

forty

خَمْسِين

khamsīn

fifty

سِتِّين

sittīn

sixty

سَبْعِين

sab‘īn

seventy

تَمَانِين

tamanīn

eighty

تِسْعِين

tis‘īn

ninety

مِيَّه

miyyah

one hundred

Using these numbers and the basic pattern, can you construct some of your own? Try practicing with these:

خَمْسَهْ وِعِشْرِين

khamsah w ‘ishrīn

twenty five (lit. 5+20)

تَمَانْيَهْ وِعِشْرِين

tamanyah w ‘ishrīn

twenty eight (lit. 8+20)

وَاحِدْ وِتَلَاتِين

wāḥid w talatīn

thirty one (lit. 1+30)

تِسْعَهْ وِتَلَاتِين

tis‘a w talatīn

thirty nine (lit. 9+30)

اَرْبَعَهْ وِاَرْبَعِينْ

arba‘a w arba‘īn

forty four (lit. 4+40)

خَمْسَهْ وِاَرْبَعِين

khamsa w arba‘īn

forty five (lit. 5+40)

خَمْسَهْ وِسِتِّين

khamsa w sittīn

sixty five (lit. 5+60)

خَمْسَهْ وِسَبْعِين

khamsa w sab‘īn

seventy five (lit. 5+70)

وَاحِدْ وِسَبْعِين

wāḥid w sab‘īn

seventy one (lit. 1+70)

تِسْعَهْ وِسَبْعِين

tis‘a w sab‘īn

seventy nine (lit. 9+70)

How did you go? Once you've mastered this pattern you'll be able to construct any number under 100.

Numbers over 100

مِيَّهْ وِوَاحِدْ

miyyah w wāḥid

one hundred and one

مِيَّهْ وِاِتْنِينْ

miyya w itnein

one hundred and two

مِيَّهْ وِعِشْرِينْ

miyya w ‘ishrīn

one hundred and twenty

مِيَّهْ اِتْنِينْ وِعِشْرِينْ

miyya itnein w ‘ishrīn

one hundred and twenty two

When talking about numbers between 100 and 999 always start with the multiple of 100 and then read the last two digits starting from the right, like this:

ميه خمسة و تلاتين

Meyah 7’amsa wa talatin

135 (100+5+30)

متين سبعة و اربعين

Metyn sab3a wa arb3in

247 (200+7+40)

تلتمية تسعة و سبعين

Toltomeyah tis3a wa sab3in

379 (300+9+70)

Now for some multiples of 100 and 1000:

مِيتِينْ

meitein

two hundred

تُلْتُمِيَّهْ

toltomiyya

three hundred

رُبْعُمِيَّهْ

riob‘omiyya

four hundred

خُمْسُمِيَّهْ

khomsomiyya

five hundred

سُتُّمِيَّهْ

sottomiyya

six hundred

سُبْعُمِيَّهْ

sob‘omiyya

seven hundred

تُمْنُمِيَّهْ

tomnomiyya

eight hundred

تُسْعُمِيَّهْ

tos‘omiyya

nine hundred

اَلْف

alf

one thousand

اَلْفِينْ

alfein

two thousand

تَلَتَّلَافْ

talattalāf

three thousand

اَرْبَعْتَلَافْ

arba‘talāf

four thousand

خَمَسْتَلَافْ

khamastalāf

five thousand

سِتَّلَافْ

sittalāf

six thousand

سَبَعْتَلَافْ

saba‘talāf

seven thousand

تَمَنْتَلَافْ

tamantalāf

eight thousand

تِسَعْتَلَافْ

tisa‘talāf

nine thousand

مِلْيُونْ

milyōn

one million

Whew! That's a lot of numbers to take in at once! Remember to practice your counting in your everyday life, like when counting change or reading street addresses. Good luck!

Here are a few recommended Arabic lessons to try next!

!مع السلامة
Ma'a assalāma!
Goodbye!

Amira Zaki
Rocket Arabic