Counting in Portuguese (Brazil)
Enter a number and get it written in full in Portuguese (Brazil).
Brazilian Portugues (português brasileiro) is a romance language from the indo-european family. Originating from Portugal, it has evolved separately from European Portuguese since the 16th century, both in spelling and pronunciation. It is regulated by the Brazilian Academy of Letters (Academia Brasileira de Letras). Nowadays spoken by roughly 170 million people in Brasil alone, it is also spoken in Portugal, in five African countries (Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe) as well as in Macau and East Timor where the European Portuguese or a creole of it is in use.
Portuguese Language Orthographic Agreement of 1990
The Portuguese Language Orthographic Agreement of 1990 (Acordo Ortográfico da Língua Portuguesa de 1990) is an international treaty aimed at creating a unified orthography for the Portuguese language, for all Portuguese-speaking countries. The only change in the numbers names is due to the suppression of the trema in the diacritic qü. Thus, the Brazilian cinqüenta  is now written as cinquenta.
Portuguese (Brazil) numbering rules
- Digits and numbers from zero to fifteen are specific words, namely zero , um , dois , três , quatro , cinco , seis , sete , oito , nove , dez , onze , doze , treze , catorze , quinze . Sixteen to nineteen are regular numbers, i.e. named after the ten and the digit, and written phonetically: dezesseis [10 and 6], dezessete [10 and 7], dezoito [10 and 8], dezenove [10 and 9].
The number six can also be said meia, abbreviation of uma meia dúzia (or half a dozen), especially on the phone to differentiate between seis (six) and sete (seven).
- The tens have specific names based on the digits roots except for ten and twenty: dez , vinte , trinta , quarenta , cinquenta , sessenta , setenta , oitenta  and noventa .
- The same applies for the hundreds: cem  (plural centos), duzentos , trezentos , quatrocentos , quinhentos , seiscentos , setecentos , oitocentos , novecentos .
- Tens and units are linked with e (and), as in trinta e cinco , as well as hundreds and tens (e.g.: cento e quarenta e seis ), but not thousands and hundreds, unless the number ends with a hundred with two zeroes (e.g.: dois mil e trezentos [2,300], but dois mil trezentos e sete [2,307]). E is also used to link thousands and units (e.g.: quatro mil e cinco [4,005]).
- Brazil uses the short scale system where every new word greater than a million is one thousand times bigger than the previous term (whereas European Portuguese uses the long scale where the one thousand factor is replaced by one million). For example, um milhão is one million (106), then we have um bilhão (one US billion, 109), um trilhão (1012), um quatrilhão (1015), um quinqualhão (1018)…
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|1 – um|
2 – dois
3 – três
4 – quatro
5 – cinco
6 – seis
7 – sete
8 – oito
9 – nove
|10 – dez|
11 – onze
12 – doze
13 – treze
14 – catorze
15 – quinze
16 – dezesseis
17 – dezessete
18 – dezoito
|19 – dezenove|
20 – vinte
30 – trinta
40 – quarenta
50 – cinquenta
60 – sessenta
70 – setenta
80 – oitenta
90 – noventa
|100 – cem|
1,000 – mil
one million – um milhão
one billion – um bilhão
one trillion – um trilhão
- Portuguese language portal, includes description and tools for the new Orthographic Agreement of 1990 (in Portuguese)
- Numbers in Portuguese
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