Children sometimes learn how to count to 10 in a foreign language merely because it's fun to do so. But knowing the numbers can also be quite practical when traveling or shopping.
Time Required: 10 minutes
- To say 'one,' say 'uno' ('OO-no,' same as the name of the card game, rhymes with 'Juno').
- To say 'two,' say 'dos' (like a 'dose' of medicine).
- To say 'three,' say 'tress' (except that the 'r' is pronounced with a flap of the tongue against the roof of the mouth).
- To say 'four,' say 'cuatro' ('KWAH-tro,' but again the 'r' has a distinctive sound that is unlike English's).
- To say 'five,' say 'cinco' ('SINK-oh').
- To say 'six,' say 'seis' ('SAYSS,' rhymes with 'trace').
- To say 'seven,' say 'siete' (roughly 'SYET-tay' with the first syllable rhyming with the Russian 'nyet').
- To say 'eight,' say 'ocho' ('OH-cho,' rhymes with 'coach-oh').
- To say 'nine,' say 'nueve' (roughly 'NWEHV-ay,' with the first syllable rhyming with 'Bev').
- To say 'ten,' say 'diez' ('dyess,' rhymes with 'tress').
- Review a Spanish pronunciation guide, or listen to the numbers spoken if you can.
- Note that in a sentence, 'un' ('oon,' rhymes with 'tune') and 'una' ('OON-ah,' rhymes with 'luna,') are often used to mean 'one,' just as we often use 'a' or 'an' to mean 'one.'