##### Arabic For Dummies

Using Arabic for numbers and counting can be a bit tricky if you need to work extensively with numbers, such as in mathematics and accounting. Arabic number can be confusing because the rules change depending on how the numbers are being used.

To make things easier, take a look look at just the most common usage — without worrying about the more advanced rules for case and gender. Even native speakers often default to a simplified form for numbers, except in the most formal situations.

The numbers you'll use the most often are those between 1 and 20.

 waaHid 1 Ithnaan 2 Thalaatha 3 arba'a 4 Khamsa 5 Sitta 6 sab'a 7 Thamaaniya 8 tis'a 9 'ashara 10 aHad 'ashar 11 ithnaa 'ashar 12 thalaathat 'ashar 13 arba'at 'ashar 14 khamsat 'ashar 15 sittat 'ashar 16 sab'at 'ashar 17 thamaaniyat 'ashar 18 tis'at 'ashar 19 'ishriin 20

The numbers from 21 to 99 are formed by saying the ones digit first, then wa (and) followed by the tens digit. For example, waHid wa 'ashriin (21 [literally: one and twenty]).

 waHid wa 'ishriin 21 ithnaan wa 'ishriin 22 thalaathiin 30 waHid wa thalaathiin 31 ithnaan wa thalaathiin 32 arba'iin 40 khamsiin 50 sittiin 60 sab'iin 70 thamaaniin 80 tis'iin 90

You should read Arabic numbers in the same order as English numbers, from the largest to smallest place, except for the ones digit, which comes before the tens. So 1964 would be read “one thousand, nine hundred, four, and sixty” or alf tis'a mi'a arba' wa sittiin.

 mi'a 100 mi'a wa waHid 101 mi'a wa 'ashara 110 mi'a wa khamsa wa khamsiin 155 mi'ataan 200 thalaath mi'a 300 arba' mi'a 400 khamsu mi'a 500 sitta mi'a 600 sab'a mi'a 700 thamaanii mi'a 800 tis'a mi'a 900 alf 1,000