French Numbers (Ultimate Guide For 1-100 & Beyond!)

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

0-1011-19
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

20-2930-39
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
40-4950-59
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

60-6970-79
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

80-8990-90
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.

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