Monetary Units and Numbers

October 23, 2015



Week 4: How can I localise monetary units and numbers?


Translators are not usually ask to change currencies in translations. If you are translating a clothing website selling a dress for $50, the clothing brand will make sure that prices for Spain or other Spanish speaking countries will appear in their respective currency.


I would like to point at, however, some of the rules for expressing monetary units:


1) In English texts the codes ‘EUR’, ‘USD’ and ‘GBP’ are followed by a hard space and the amount:


a sum of EUR 20

a sum of USD 20

a sum of GBP 20


In Spanish, the order is reversed; the amount is followed by a hard space and the codes ‘EUR’, ‘USD’ and ‘GBP’.


una suma de 20 EUR

una suma de 20 USD

una suma de 20 GBP


2) The euro, dollar and Sterling signs are followed by the amount without a hard space in  English: 






In Spanish, the order is reversed; the amount is followed by a hard space and the codes €, $, £:


2.00 €

2.00 $

2.00 £


3) Have you ever had difficulties with that?


English: EUR 5 billion      =          Spanish: 5.000 millones EUR

English: EUR 5.2 billion   =          Spanish: 5.200 millones EUR


This is the solution: a billion = mil millones


4) Comma/Points


Spanish uses points to separate the thousands and millions in compound numbers, while in English a comma is used.


English: EUR 2,431,000   =          Spanish: EUR 2.431.000


Spanish uses commas to separate the decimals, while in English a point is used.


English: EUR 20.54          =          Spanish: EUR 20,54


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