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Spanish Loaned Numbers in Practice

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These Spanish loaned numbers are used in different situations. One of the most common situations wherein these are used is when saying one’s age.
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Examples:
15 years old
Kinse anyos
20 years old
Beynte anyos
Bente anyos
Person 1: How old are you?

Person 2: 27 years old.
Person 1: Iláng taón ka na?

Person 2: Beynte siyete anyos.
Person 1: What is your age?

Person 2: 35 years old.
Person 1: Ano ang edád mo?

Person 2: Trenta’y singko anyos.
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Examples:
15 years old
Kinse anyos
20 years old
Beynte anyos
Bente anyos
Person 1: How old are you?

Person 2: 27 years old.
Person 1: Ilang taon ka na?

Person 2: Beynte siyete anyos.
Person 1: What is your age?

Person 2: 35 years old.
Person 1: Ano ang edad mo?

Person 2: Trenta’y singko anyos.
It is also very common for Filipinos to tell time with the use of these numbers.
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Examples:
One o’clock
Ala-una (instead of “uno”)
Two o’clock
Alas-dos
Three o’clock
Alas-tres
Four o’clock
Alas-kuwatro
Five o’clock
Alas-singko
Six o’clock
Alas-saís
Seven o’clock
Alas-siyete
Eight o’clock
Alas-otso
Nine o’clock
Alas-nuwebe
Ten o’clock
Alas-diyés
Eleven o’clock
Alas-onse
Twelve o’clock
Alas-dose
Person 1: What time is it?

Person 2: Four o’clock.
Person 1: Anong oras na?

Person 2: Alas-kuwatro.
Person 1: What time is it?

Person 2: Seven o’clock in the morning.
Person 1: Anong oras na?

Person 2: Alas-siyete nang umaga.
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Examples:
One o’clock
Ala-una (instead of “uno”)
Two o’clock
Alas-dos
Three o’clock
Alas-tres
Four o’clock
Alas-kuwatro
Five o’clock
Alas-singko
Six o’clock
Alas-sais
Seven o’clock
Alas-siyete
Eight o’clock
Alas-otso
Nine o’clock
Alas-nuwebe
Ten o’clock
Alas-diyes
Eleven o’clock
Alas-onse
Twelve o’clock
Alas-dose
Person 1: What time is it?

Person 2: Four o’clock.
Person 1: Anong oras na?

Person 2: Alas-kuwatro.
Person 1: What time is it?

Person 2: Seven o’clock in the morning.
Person 1: Anong oras na?

Person 2: Alas-siyete nang umaga.
When stating percentages or porsiyento, it is also a habit for Filipinos to use Spanish loaned numbers.
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Examples:
50 percent
Singkuwenta porsiyento
80 percent
Otsenta porsiyento
100 percent
Siyento porsiyento
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Examples:
50 percent
Singkuwenta porsiyento
80 percent
Otsenta porsiyento
100 percent
Siyento porsiyento
Keep In Mind:
Notice how Filipinos use the Spanish currency “pesos” instead of “piso?”

You’ll be surprised how often you’ll hear Filipinos use these numbers especially when in the market, when you buy from the store, or when paying the fare for a dyip or tricycle ride. It is a habit of the Filipinos to use English, Filipino, and Spanish Loaned numbers alternately, when involving money.
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Examples:
20 pesos
Bente pesos
45 pesos
Kuwarenta’y singko pesos
50 pesos
Singkuwenta pesos
Person 1: How much is this?

Person 2: 60 pesos.
Person 1: Magkano itó?

Person 2: Sisenta pesos.
Person 1: How much is the fare going to the market?

Person 2: 8 pesos.
Person 1: Magkano ang papuntáng palengke?

Person 2: Otso pesos.
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Examples:
20 pesos
Bente pesos
45 pesos
Kuwarenta’y singko pesos
50 pesos
Singkuwenta pesos
Person 1: How much is this?

Person 2: 60 pesos.
Person 1: Magkano ito?

Person 2: Sisenta pesos.
Person 1: How much is the fare going to the market?

Person 2: 8 pesos.
Person 1: Magkano ang papuntang palengke?

Person 2: Otso pesos.
Filipinos do not normally say siyento for hundreds. It would sound odd if you do! They simply say “-hundred” or “-daan”. For example: One hundred pesos, isáng daán, or sandaán.

Again, there are no exact rules in using these Spanish loaned numbers. Traditionally, Filipinos use these in certain situations as stated earlier. It is best to familiarize yourself with these numerals so you will not get confused when the person you are talking with uses Filipino and Spanish Loaned numbers alternately.
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