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 five useful tips and learn how to easily count to from one hundred in French.

# French Numbers 1 to100 — Learn how to count in French

## 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

### 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”**.

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

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

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.

#### 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

Many students experience difficulties distinguishing the teens from these higher numbers. A tip to remember these higher numbers, such as 30 *(trente)* 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*.

- 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 60-79 are often a big challenge for many students. This is where our key tips come into play.

To count from 60-69, simply say *soixante*, then follow the same pattern as the numbers in the previous section covering 20-59.

#### 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

When you come to seventy, you must say* soixante-dix*, which translates to “sixty ten”. For 71-79, you must add the corresponding teen (11-19) to *soixante *(sixty). 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 90-100

- 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
- 100 – Cent

### 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*.

**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.

**Conclusion**

*Félicitations !* You are now much more familiar with the French numbers 1-100. Now that you know the numbers, you can also check out our lessons covering how to tell time in French as well as how to say and read the date in French.

**For an additional resource, we suggest having a look at French Today’s course** **Mastering French Numbers. With Camille’s extensive drills recorded at three speeds you’ll be able to rattle off even the trickiest of numbers in no time! **

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