**French numbers 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 tips and learn how to count to from one hundred and beyond.**

## French Numbers 1-100

### French Numbers 0-19

0-10 | 11-19 |

Zéro 0 Un 1 Deux 2 Trois 3 Quatre 4 Cinq 5 Six 6 Sept 7 Huit 8 Neuf 9 Dix 10 | Onze 11 Douze 12 Treize 13 Quatorze 14 Quinze 15 Seize 16 Dix-sept 17 Dix-huit 18 Dix-neuf 19 |

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**Tips for counting from 1-20:** To memorize 1-10, try counting in either even or odd numbers separately. Another effective tactic is to try counting backwards from ten to zero.

Many students get confused on the numbers quinze (fifteen) seize (sixteen). A fun mnemonic device when students of FrenchLearner use is: “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.

### French numbers 20-59

20-29 | 30-39 |

Vingt 20 Vingt et un 21 Vingt-deux 22 Vingt-trois 23 Vingt-quatre 24 Vingt-cinq 25 Vingt-six 26 Vingt-sept 27 Vingt-huit 28 Vingt-neuf 29 | Trente 30 Trente et un 31 Trente-deux 32 Trente-trois 33 Trente-quatre 34 Trente-cinq 35 Trente-six 36 Trente-sept 37 Trente-huit 38 Trente-neuf 39 |

40-49 | 50-59 |

Quarante 40 Quarante et un 41 Quarante-deux 42 Quarante-trois 43 Quarante-quatre 44 Quarante-cinq 45 Quarante-six 46 Quarante-sept 47 Quarante-huit 48 Quarante-neuf 49 | Cinquante 50 Cinqante et un 51 Cinquante-deux 52 Cinquante-trois 53 Cinquante-quatre 54 Cinquante-cinq 55 Cinquante-six 56 Cinquante-sept 57 Cinquante-huit 58 Cinquante-neuf 59 |

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

### French numbers 60-79

60-69 | 70-79 |

Soixante 60 Soixante et un 61 Soixante-deux 62 Soixante-trois 63 Soixante-quatre 64 Soixante-cinq 65 Soixante-six 66 Soixante-sept 67 Soixante-huit 68 Soixante-neuf 69 | Soixante-dix 70 Soixante et onze 71 Soixante douze 72 Soixante treize 73 Soixante-quatorze 74 Soixante-quinze 75 Soixante-seize 76 Soixante-dix-sept 77 Soixante-dix-huit 78 Soixante-dix-neuf-79 |

The numbers 60-70 are often a big challenge for beginner students. 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 soixante-dix, which translates to ‘sixty ten’.

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 get the word ‘soixante’ out without considering the entire number. If the number is 60-69 that’s easy: Just add un, deux, trois, etc. One you’ve said ‘soixante’ you can then worry about adding the corresponding teen if you’ve in 70-79 territory.

### French numbers 80-99

80-89 | 90-90 |

Quatre-vingts 80 Quatre-vingt-un 81 Quatre-vingt-deux 82 Quatre-vingt trois 83 Quatre-vingt-quatre 84 Quatre-vingt-cinq 85 Quatre-vingt-six 86 Quatre-vingt-sept 87 Quatre-vingt-huit 88Quatre-vingt-neuf 89 | Quatre-vingt-dix 90 Quatre-vingt-onze 91 Quatre-vingt-douze 92 Quatre-vingt-treize 93 Quatre-vingt-quatorze 94 Quatre-vingt-quinze 95 Quatre-vingt-seize 96 Quatre-vingt-dix-sept 97 Quatre-vingt-dix-huit 98 Quatre-vingt-dix-neuf 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, fo example is ‘quatre-vingt-cinq’ (4 x 20 + 5).

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 tip for the previous section on 60-79 applies for 80-99. For any of these numbers 80-99 first get out the word ‘quatre-vingt’. 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.

### 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 and ninety: septante and nonante. Hence, in these countries 75 and 95 would be septant-cinq and nonante-cinq, for example.

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

### Review of the numbers 1-100

## Big numbers 100 and beyond

**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 vingt-cinq**10,000**dix mille**1,000,000**un million**1,000,000**un milliard (billion)

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.

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