# French Numbers 1-100

*The French numbers 1-100 are much more complex than un, deux trois (one, two, three). While counting from 1-20 is very straight forward, the numbers 60-100 become much more complicated. Apply our useful five tips (further down the page) and learn how to easily count to from one hundred and beyond. *

## Numbers in French 1-100

## French numbers 1-20

To memorize 1-10, try counting in either even or odd numbers separately. Another effective tip is to try counting backwards from ten to zero.

#### French numbers 1-10

- 0 – Zéro
- 1 – Un
- 2 – Deux
- 3 – Trois
- 4 – Quatre
- 5 – Cinq
- 6 – Six
- 7 – Sept
- 8 – Huit
- 9 – Neuf
- 10 – Dix

### Tips for learning to count from 11-20

Many students get confused on the numbers *quinze *(fifteen) seize (sixteen). **A fun tip is to repeat, “You Can Say Quinze Seize”**.

In addition many of the numbers above 10 end in the -z sound, such as *onze *(eleven), *douze *(twelve) and *treize *(thirteen).

You can remember that these are the “teenz”. This will help you to distinguish these numbers from the higher numbers which we’ll observe below.

- 11 – onze
- 12 – douze
- 13 – treize
- 14 – quatorze
- 15 – quinze
- 16 – seize
- 17 – dix-sept
- 18 – dix-huit
- 19 – dix-neuf

## French 1-20 song

Practice the French numbers 1-20 with this fun song by Alain Le Lait:

### French numbers 20-59

The numbers 20-59 are not very complicated. To say twenty, say *vingt *(pronounced vɛ̃), the same pronunciation as the word for wine, *vin*!).

To say twenty-one, add *“et un”* or and one. Then, for 22-29 simply add *un*, *deux*, *trois*, etc. This pattern works for the numbers all the up through 59.

**Many students experience difficulties distinguishing the teens from these higher numbers. A tip to remember these higher numbers is to say, “I have a lot of aunts”. **

This is because the word aunt (New England or UK pronunciation) rhymes with these numbers, *trente*, *quarante *and *cinquante*.

#### Numbers 20-29

- 20 – Vingt
- 21 – Vingt et un
- 22 – Vingt-deux
- 23 – Vingt-trois
- 24 – Vingt-quatre
- 25 – Vingt-cinq
- 26 – Vingt-six
- 27 – Vingt-sept
- 28 – Vingt-huit
- 29 – Vingt-neuf

#### Numbers 30-39

- 30 – Trente
- 31 – Trente et un
- 32 – Trente-deux
- 33 – Trente-trois
- 34 – Trente-quatre
- 35 – Trente-cinq
- 36 – Trente-six
- 37 – Trente-sept
- 38 – Trente-huit
- 39 – Trente-neuf

### Numbers 40-49

- 40 – Quarante
- 41 – Quarante et un
- 42 – Quarante-deux
- 43 – Quarante-trois
- 44 – Quarante-quatre
- 45 – Quarante-cinq
- 46 – Quarante-six
- 47 – Quarante-sept
- 48 – Quarante-huit
- 49 – Quarante-neuf

### Numbers 50-59

- 50 – Cinquante
- 51 – Cinqante et un
- 52 – Cinquante-deux
- 53 – Cinquante-trois
- 54 – Cinquante-quatre
- 55 – Cinquante-cinq
- 56 – Cinquante-six
- 57 – Cinquante-sept
- 58 – Cinquante-huit
- 59 – Cinquante-neuf

### French numbers 60-79

The numbers 60-70 are often a big challenge for beginner students. This is where our key tips come into play.

To count from 60-69, simply say ** soixante **then follow the same pattern the numbers in the previous section covering 20-69. When you come to seventy, you must say

*, which translates to ‘sixty ten’.*

**soixante-dix**#### Numbers 60-69

- 60 – Soixante
- 61 – Soixante et un
- 62 – Soixante-deux
- 63 – Soixante-trois
- 64 – Soixante-quatre
- 65 – Soixante-cinq
- 66 – Soixante-six
- 67 – Soixante-sept
- 68 – Soixante-huit
- 69 – Soixante-neuf

Then, for 71-79, you must add *soixante *(sixty) to the corresponding teen (11-19) number. Hence, seventy-one is *soixante-et-onze *(sixty and eleven). Seventy-two is *soixante-douze* (sixty twelve).

**One useful tip to say the numbers 60-79 easier is to first say the word soixante without considering the entire number. **

**If the number is 60-69 that’s easy: Just add un, deux, trois, etc. **

If the number is 70-79, the same tip applies. First say *soixante*. Then, add the corresponding teen. The key is to first say *soixante *quickly. That way, you prevent yourself from stumbling and say the number easier.

#### Numbers 70-79

- 70 – Soixante-dix
- 71 – Soixante et onze
- 72 – Soixante douze
- 73 – Soixante treize
- 74 – Soixante-quatorze
- 75 – Soixante-quinze
- 76 – Soixante-seize
- 77 – Soixante-dix-sept
- 78 – Soixante-dix-huit
- 79 – Soixante-dix-neuf

### French numbers 80-99

**The French numbers 80-99 become much more complicated. **This is because to say eighty, you must say *quatre-vingts*, which means ‘four twenties’.

For the number eighty-one, the *et* disappears. Hence, 81 is *quatre-vingt-un*, which literally means ‘four twenty one’.

For 82-89, say *quatre-vingt* (4 x 20), then add* un*, *deux*, *trois*, etc. through neuf. Eight-five, for example is *quatre-vingt-cinq* (4 x 20 + 5).

#### Numbers 80-89

- 80 – Quatre-vingts
- 81 – Quatre-vingt-un
- 82 – Quatre-vingt-deux
- 83 – Quatre-vingt trois
- 84 – Quatre-vingt-quatre
- 85 – Quatre-vingt-cinq
- 86 – Quatre-vingt-six
- 87 – Quatre-vingt-sept
- 88 – Quatre-vingt-huit
- 89 – Quatre-vingt-neuf

To say ninety, say *quatre-vingt-dix*, which equates to ‘four twenty ten’. Then, for 91-99, add the corresponding teen number. For example ninety-five is* quatre-vingt-quinze* (4 x 20 + 15).

The same tips for the previous section on 60-79 apply for 80-99. **For any of these numbers 80-99 first get out the word quatre-vingts. Then, worry about what you have to add.**

If you are in 80-89 territory simply add *un*, *deux*, *trois*, etc. Then if you are 90 or higher you must add the corresponding teen number.

Again, the way to avoid stumbling is to immediately say ‘quatre-vingts’, then tackle the rest of the number.

#### Numbers 90-99

- 90 – Quatre-vingt-dix
- 91 – Quatre-vingt-onze
- 92 – Quatre-vingt-douze
- 93 – Quatre-vingt-treize
- 94 – Quatre-vingt-quatorze
- 95 – Quatre-vingt-quinze
- 96 – Quatre-vingt-seize
- 97 – Quatre-vingt-dix-sept
- 98 – Quatre-vingt-dix-huit
- 99 – Quatre-vingt-dix-neuf

### Counting in Switzerland and Belgium: Septante and Nonante

**The counting system for 60-99 is much less complicated in Switzerland and Belgium. **

This is because these two countries have specific words for seventy, eighty and ninety: ** septante **(70) and

**(80) and**

*huitante**(90).*

**nonante**Hence, in these countries 75, 85 and 95 would be ** septant-cinq**,

**and**

*huitante-cinq***.**

*nonante-cinq*This makes the French numbers 1-100 in these countries much easier!

This counting system eliminates the need to calculate math and cuts down significantly on the number of words required to express the corresponding numbers.

## Big numbers 100 and beyond

**To say both one hundred and one thousand, say cent and mille, respectively.** Do not add the word

*un*to either of these numbers.

Hence, ‘one hundred one’ and ‘one thousand one’ are *cent un* and *mille un*, respectively. For larger hundreds, add an -s: two-hundred is* deux cents*.

For larger thousands, never an an -s to *mille*. Hence, two thousand is* deux mille*. One million is *un million* and one billion is* un milliard*. Add an -s to both of these to make higher numbers. Hence, two million is *deux millions*.

This page provides a table for practicing big numbers with MP3 audio.

**100**cent**101**cent un**150**cent cinquante**524**cinq cents vingt-quatre**1,000**mille**1,001**mille un**1,250**mille deux cents cinquante**10,000**dix mille**1,000,000**un million**1,000,000**un milliard (billion)

**Here’s how to say a few years in French:**

**1975**: mille neuf cent soixante-quinze (you can also day dix-neuf cent)**2007**: deux mille sept

## More uses and resources for French numbers

### French decimals and percentages

In France, the decimal points are written with commas. The word for comma is *virgule*. Hence the decimil 1.5 is written 1,5 and read as *un vigrule cinq*.

The word percent is written in two words in French: pour cent. Hence 50% would be *cinquante pour cent*.

### French ordinal numbers

Ordinal numbers are counting numbers: first second, third, etc. To form an ordinal number in French, simply add *-ième* to the number.

Hence, second and third are *deuxième *and *troisième*. The only big exception to this guideline *premier *and *primière *for first. Our ordinal number page has a complete table with example sentences.

### French fractions

To form a fraction, simply put a cardinal number (*un*, *deux*, *trois*, etc.) over an ordinal number. Hence, the fraction 1/5 would be *un cinquième*.

All fractions are masculine. Our fractions page offers a complete table with example sentences.

### Math in French

Learning the French numbers is essential for talking about math. The word for plus in French is *plus *(say the -s).

The words for minus, multiplied by and divided by are: *moins*, *multiplié *par and* divisé par*.

Our math page offers a complete table covering examples of simple math problems using French numbers.

**Become an expert in French numbers!**Gaining mastery in French numbers can be a big challenge. We suggest taking a look at Frenchtoday.com’s audio course, “

**Mastering French Numbers**“. With Camille’s drills you’ll be able to rattle off even the trickiest of numbers in no time!

Another must-have resource is the book, **Practice Makes Perfect , Complete French All-in-One**, which has a great chapter covering numbers with useful exercises.

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