Arabic Numbers: How To Count In Arabic (All Dialects)

Asma Wahba

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Numbers (numerals) in Arabic are actually quite simple but they do differ slightly between various spoken dialects (some more than others).

Here’s how to count from 1 - 10 in Arabic (cardinal numbers).

Learn the Arabic numbers from 1 - 10 (Modern Standard Arabic)

#EnglishArabicTransliteration
٠0صفرSifr
١1واحدwa7id
٢2إثنانithnan
٣3ثلاثةthalatha
٤4أربعةarba3
٥5خمسة5amsa
٦6ستةsitta
٧7سبعةsaba3
٨8ثمانيةthamanya
٩9تسعةtisa3
١٠10عشرة3ashara

Learn the Arabic numbers from 1 - 10 (Other Dialects)

For the most part, these numbers are the same but there some slight differences.

#EgyptianLevantineSaudiIraqiSudaneseTunisianMaghrebi
٠صفرصفرصفرصفرصفرصفرصفر
١واحدواحدواحدواحدواحدواحدواحد
٢اتنيناتنين‫اثنين‬‫ثنين‬اتنيناتنين‫زوج‬
٣تلاتةتلاتة‫ثلثة‬‫ثلثة‬تلاتةتلاتةتلاتة
٤أربعةأربعة‫اربعة‬أربعةأربعةأربعة‫ربعة‬
٥خمسةخمسةخمسةخمسةخمسةخمسةخمسة
٦ستةستةستةستةستةستةستة
٧سبعةسبعةسبعةسبعةسبعةسبعةسبعة
٨تمانيةتمانية‫ثمانية‬‫ثمانية‬تمانيةتمانيةتمانية
٩تسعةتسعةتسعةتسعةتسعةتسعةتسعود
١٠عشرةعشرةعشرةعشرةعشرةعشرةعشرة

How to pronounce Arabic numbers

Egyptian:

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egyptian

Levantine:

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levantine

Saudi:

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saudi

Iraqi:

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iraqi

Sudanese:

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sudanese

Tunisian:

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tunisian

Maghrebi (Moroccan / Algerian):

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algerian

Interesting facts about Arabic numbers and numerals

Most of us in the English-speaking world learned to read and write Roman numerals in school (e.g. I, II, III, IV, V).

While the Roman numerals are still used for various purposes, the numerals that are used and understood universally now are in fact called Hindu-Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

The origin of these numerals goes back centuries to India.

You’ll notice that the Arabic numerals are different (but bear some slight resemblance to what we use).

That’s because they share the same early origin but had a divergence and eventually became known as Eastern Arabic numerals (٥, ٤, ٣, ٢, ١). These are the numerals used today all throughout the Arabic-speaking world.

Although Arabic is written from right-to-left, the numerals are written from left-to-right.

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