How To Count In Brazilian Portuguese

Learning how to count in Brazilian Portuguese is a basic yet very important skill to any Portuguese language learner, using it you can tell the hour, and your age, understand the cost of something or even tell how long you’re staying in a certain place.

So in this post, you will learn how to count from 0 to 20 in Portuguese and then learn how to say numbers until 1 Billion! yes, you read it right.

How to count in brazilian portuguese

Counting From 0 To 20 In Brazilian Portuguese

NumberPortuguese
0zero
1um/uma
2dois/duas
3três
4quatro
5cinco
6seis
7sete
8oito
9nove
10dez
11onze
12doze
13treze
14catorze
15quinze
16dezesseis
17dezessete
18dezoito
19dezenove
20vinte

Note: you can practice what you’ve learned here, and learn how to pronounce each of the words in our Memrise course here, don’t know how to use the platform or sign up? we’ve got you covered in this easy-to-follow tutorial here.

As you notice “one” and “two” have two versions that agree with the genders of the things that are counted, e.g:

One boy – um menino

One girl – uma menina

Two boys – dois meninos

Two girls – duas meninas

Um/uma can also mean “a”, for example a boy / um menino

Multiples Of 10

NumberPortuguese
10dez
20vinte
30trinta
40quarenta
50cinquenta
60sessenta
70setenta
80oitenta
90noventa

“Cem” vs “Cento”

We use “cem” to say “one hundred” of something (EXACTLY ONE HUNDRED) if you’d like to say 100 followed by any other number, you would instead use “cento“:

100 – cem

101 – cento e um/uma

102 – cento e dois/duas

154 – cento e cinquenta e quatro

Hundreds And Beyond

NumberPortuguese
100cem
200duzentos/duzentas
300trezentos/trezentas
400quatrocentos/quatrocentas
500quinhentos/quinhentas
600seiscentos/seiscentas
700setecentos/setecentas
800oitocentos/oitocentas
900novecentos/novecentas

Notice that these numbers have masculine and feminine forms, which means that they must agree with the noun’s gender (being counted).

Counting From 1000 To 9000

In the following list, you will notice that “mil” (one thousand) doesn’t change in the plural form (e.g. 2000 dois mil), while “milhão” does change (e.g. 2000000 dois milhões)

NumberPortuguese
1000um mil
2000dois mil
3000três mil
4000quatro mil
5000cinco mil
6000seis mil
7000sete mil
8000oito mil
9000nove mil

Let’s see some big numbers:

NumberPortuguese
10.000dez mil
20.000vinte mil
30.000trinta mil
40.000quarenta mil
100.000cem mil
200.000duzentos mil
500.000quinhentos mil
1.000.000um milhão
2.000.000dois milhões
1.000.000.000bilião
5682cinco mil oitenta e dois
2022dois mil vinte dois
2006dois mil e seis
6400seis mil e quatrocentos

That was our lesson on how to count in Brazilian Portuguese, try to practice as much as possible to get used to it.

Happy learning!

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