Most French learners struggle with learning to count from 1 to 100 as the numbers 60-99 become quite complicated. This lesson provides audio for all of the numbers as well as five useful tips to learn them faster.

# French cardinal numbers 1 to100

## French numbers 1-20

**Tip 1:** 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). **Tip 2:** A simple trick is to repeat, *“You can say quinze seize”* (the C and S sounds repeat).

- 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). **Tip 3:** You can remember that these are the *teenz*. This will help you to distinguish these numbers from the higher numbers covered 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 add *un*, *deux*, *trois*, etc. This pattern works for all the numbers 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. **Tip 4:** A way to remember numbers such as 30 *(trente)* is to say, “I have a lot of aunts”, using the New England or British pronunciation of aunt. This tip also applies to 40 (*quarante*), *cinquante* (50) and *soixante *(60).

- 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 most French learners. This is where my key tip (see below) 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).

**Tip 5: **A 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.

#### 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 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

Ninety is *quatre-vingt-dix* (4 x 20 + 10). For 91-99, add the corresponding teen number. For example, ninety-five is* quatre-vingt-quinze* (4 x 20 + 15). The same tip for 60-79 applies to 80-99. For any of these numbers 80-99 first get out the word *quatre-vingt*. Then, worry about the rest of the number.

If you are in 81-89, simply add *un*, *deux*, *trois*, etc. For 90 and higher add the corresponding teen number. Again, the way to avoid stumbling is to immediately say *quatre-vingt*, 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

### Switzerland and Belgium

The numbers for 60-99 in Switzerland and Belgium are much less complicated. This is because these countries have specific words for seventy, eighty and ninety: *Septante *(70) and *huitante *(80) and *nonante *(90). For example, 75 in these countries is *septante-cinq*.

## Big numbers 100 and beyond

One hundred and one thousand are *cent *and *mille*. Do not add *un *to either of these numbers. Hence, “one hundred one” and “one thousand one” are *cent un* and *mille un*, respectively.

For larger even multiples fo 100, add an S. For example, *deux cents* (200) and trois cents (300). However, there is no added S when the hundred has an added number such as* trois cent cinq* (305) or* trois cent vingt-quatre* (324).

For larger thousands, do not add 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 cent vingt-quatre**1,000**mille**1,001**mille un**1,250**mille deux cent cinquante**10,000**dix mille**1,000,000**un million**1,000,000**un milliard (billion)

#### Decimals and percentages

In France, the decimal points are written with a comma *(la virgule)*. Hence, 1.5 is written 1,5 *(un vigrule cinq)*. Percent is *pour cent*. Hence, 50 % *(cinquante pour cent)*.