The Filipino numbers

Filipino Numbers
Learning the Filipino Numbers is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you practice the subject, the closer you get to mastering the Filipino language. But first we need to know what the role of Numbers is in the structure of the grammar in Filipino.
Filipino cardinal number convey the “how many” they’re also known as “counting numbers,” because they show quantity. Tagalog use a mixture of numeral, the Tagalog numerals, the Spanish numerals where some Spanish numerals are adjusted to the Tagalog spelling and alphabet, like quarto becomes kuwarto, since the old Tagalog alphabet has no q. Here are some examples:
English Numbers Filipino Numbers
numbers mga numero ng
one isa
two dalawa
three tatlo
four apat
five lima
six anim
seven pito
eight walo
nine siyam
ten sampu
eleven labing-isa
twelve dose
thirteen labintatlo
fourteen labing-apat
fifteen labinlima
sixteen labing-anim
seventeen labimpito
eighteen labing-walo
nineteen labinsiyam
twenty dalawampu
hundred daan
one thousand isa thousand
million milyon
As you can see from the example above, the structure of the Numbers in Filipino has a logical pattern. Locate the Numbers above and see how it works with the rest of the sentence in Tagalog.
List of Ordinal Numbers in Filipino
Filipino Ordinal numbers tell the order of things in a set: first, second, third, etc. Ordinal numbers do not show quantity. They only show rank or position. Below is a list of the Cardinal Numbers and Ordinal Numbers in Filipino. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Filipino vocabulary.
English Numbers Filipino Numbers
Ordinal Numbers
first una
second pangalawa
third ikatlo
fourth pang-apat
fifth ikalima
sixth pang-anim
seventh pampito
eighth pangwalo
ninth ikasiyam
tenth ikasampu
eleventh pang-onse
twelfth ikalabindalawa
thirteenth ikalabintatlo
fourteenth panlabing-apat
fifteenth pang-labinlima
sixteenth panlabing-anim
seventeenth ikalabimpito
eighteenth ikalabing-walo
nineteenth ikalabinsiyam
twentieth ikadalawampu
once minsan
twice dalawang beses


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