If you have street tacos track or stand near you, we highly recommend trying their foods! Not to mention they have authentic tastes and flavors, it is usually less expensive than dining in Mexican restaurant. Trying as many tacos track as possible while we are in Los Angeles might be one of our pleasures.
Another reason that I enjoy being there is to learn (or just listen to) Spanish; Most people order and converse with the vendors in Spanish. I have never tried ordering in Spanish yet, but before I leave LA, I'd like to try it at least once.
Hence, I made a memo of the minimum necessary Spanish numbers for ordering Mexican foods in Spanish. I will write about the common Spanish phrases to order the foods in another post.
First, 0 (zero) is cero, easy to remember. Moving on to other numbers.
1 — 19
It looks there is no pattern from 1 to 15. But from 16 to 19, it looks like it is a combination of 10 (diez) and ones place. For example, 16 (dieciséis) is 10 (diez) + 6 (seis). 10 (diez) changes its form to dieci when combined with other digits.
|1 uno||2 dos||3 tres||4 cuatro||5 cinco|
|6 seis||7 siete||8 ocho||9 nueve||10 diez|
|11 once||12 doce||13 trece||14 catorce||15 quince|
|16 dieciséis||17 diecisiete||18 dieciocho||19 diecinueve|
20 — 29
From 20 to 29, again, it is 20 (veinte) + ones place. When combined, 20 (veinte) becomes veinti.
|20 veinte||21 veintiuno||22 veintidós||23 veintitrés||24 veinticuatro|
|25 veinticinco||26 veintiséis||27 veintisiete||28 veintiocho||29 veintinueve|
Above 30 to 100
Above 30, the numbers take a form of
"tens place" y "ones place" (except for multiples of ten). "y" in Spanish means "and."
treinta y uno
treinta y dos
treinta y ocho
treinta y nueve
|40 cuarenta||41 cuarenta y uno||42 cuarenta y dos||...||48 cuarenta y ocho||49 cuarenta y nueve|
So, now we need to know how to count the multiples of ten. To make it easier to associate numbers, I put 3 to 9 above each of them.
|3 tres||4 cuatro||5 cinco||6 seis|
|30 treinta||40 cuarenta||50 cincuenta||60 sesenta|
|7 siete||8 ocho||9 nueve||N/A|
|70 setenta||80 ochenta||90 noventa||100 cien|
In my case, knowing to 100 is enough for now. So, I will end this memo here.
I will update my knowledge when necessary.