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Arabic Numbers

Marhaba! To continue our series of useful Arabic basics, we will present the Arabic number system. Don’t forget to check our previous articles regarding colors (linkhere), basic Arabic sentences (link here) and basic Arabic words (link here). We at Kaleela believe that we should first cover the basics, numbers being one of them. Let’s say you’re in one of the Arab cities, in a souq at a café with a friend and you want to order 2 cups of Turkish coffee. We already showed you how to say Please in Arabic (Law samaht) suggestion.

The numeral system was first invented by Indian mathematicians and then it was adopted in Arabic mathematics by the 9th century. Currently it is the most widespread numeral system between the nations as they later on borrowed it from Arabs. However, Arab nations sometimes write the numbers (Al-arqaam – الأرقام ) differently, using what is called the Eastern Arabic numerals. We will offer the graphic representation and also present numbers in Arabic words, so it may help with your alphabet practicing. First, please see the table below for the numeral symbols and their correspondent:


0123456789Modern script
٠١٢٣٤٥٦٧٨٩Arabic script


0 in Arabic

Zero in Arabic would be Sifr- صفر

1 in Arabic

One in Arabic is wahad – واحد

2 in Arabic

Two in Arabic is ethnan – اثنين

3 in Arabic

Three in Arabic is thlatha – ثلاثة

4 in Arabic

Four in Arabic is arba’a – أربعة

5 in Arabic

Five in Arabic is khamsa – خمسة

6 in Arabic

Six in Arabic is setta – ستة

7 in Arabic

Seven in Arabic is sab’a – سبعة

8 in Arabic

Eight in Arabic is thmanya – ثمانية

9 in Arabic

Nine in Arabic is tes’a – تسعة

10 in Arabic

Ten in Arabic is ashra – عشرة

11 in Arabic

Eleven in Arabic is ehda ashar – إحدى عشر

12 in Arabic

Twelve in Arabic is ethna ashar – إثنى عشر

13 in Arabic

Thirteen in Arabic is thalathat ashar – ثلاثة عشر

14 in Arabic

Fourteen in Arabic is arb’at ashar – أربعة عشر

15 in Arabic

Fifteen in Arabic is khmsat ashar – خمسة عشر

16 in Arabic

Sixteen in Arabic is settat ashar – ستة عشر

17 in Arabic

Seventeen in Arabic is sab’at ashar – سبعة عشر

18 in Arabic

Eighteen in Arabic is thmanyeat ashar – ثمانية عشر

19 in Arabic

Nineteen in Arabic is ts’at ashar – تسعة عشر

20 in Arabic

Twenty in Arabic is oshroon – عشرون

21 in Arabic

Twenty-one in Arabic is waḫed wa-’ishrun / واحد و عشرون

22 in Arabic

Twenty-two in Arabic is ithnane wa-’ishrun / إثنان وعشرون

23 in Arabic

Twenty-three in Arabic is tاalata wa-’ishrun / ثلاثة و عشرون

24 in Arabic

Twenty-four in Arabic is arba’a wa-’ishrun / أربعة و عشرون

25 in Arabic

Twenty-five in Arabic is khamsa wa-’ishrun / خمسة و عشرون

26 in Arabic

Twenty-six in Arabic is sitta wa-’ishrun / ستة و عشرون

27 in Arabic

Twenty-seven in Arabic is sab’a wa-’ishrun / سبعة وعشرون

28 in Arabic

Twenty-eight in Arabic is tamaniya wa-’ishrun / ثمانية و عشرون

29 in Arabic

Twenty-nine in Arabic is tis’a wa-’ishrun / تسعة و عشرون
For the upcoming cardinal numbers, we will not write the full list, as it follows the same pattern. For example 37 is sab’a wa- thalatun / سبعة وثلاثون, 53 is thalata wa-khamsun /ثلاثة وخمسون  , and so on.

30 in Arabic

Thirty in Arabic is thalatun / ثلاثون

40 in Arabic

Forty in Arabic is arba’un / أربعون

50 in Arabic

Fifty in Arabic is khamsun / خمسون

60 in Arabic

Sixty in Arabic is sittun / ستون

70 in Arabic

Seventy in Arabic is sab’un / سبعون

80 in Arabic

Eighty in Arabic is tamanun / ثمانون

90 in Arabic

Ninety in Arabic is tis’un / تسعون

100 in Arabic

One-hundred in Arabic is mi’a / مائة

1,000 in Arabic

One-thousand in Arabic is alf / ألف

2,000 in Arabic

Two-thousand in Arabic is alfain / ألفين

100,000 in Arabic

One-hundred-thousand in Arabic is mi’at alf / مائة ألف

1,000,000 in Arabic

One-million in Arabic is million / مليون


Hope you enjoyed this! Also, we would strongly advise that you try and write the Arabic numbers, aside from the alphabet. Kaleela will continue offering you comprehensive content to aid you in learning Arabic.

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