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    French Numbers – Learn to Count Perfectly from 0 to Infinity

    From having to purchase that little black dress to giving someone your phone number, from paying a bill in a restaurant to keep a track of budget, numbers will rule your world. On those lines, let us dabble in French numbers so that just like English, your base of calculations stays firm.

    , French Numbers – Learn to Count Perfectly from 0 to Infinity
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    , French Numbers – Learn to Count Perfectly from 0 to Infinity

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    French Numbers – Learn to Count Perfectly from 0 to Infinity

From having to purchase that little black dress to giving someone your phone number, from paying a bill in a restaurant to keep a track of budget, numbers will rule your world. On those lines, let us dabble in French numbers so that just like English, your base of calculations stays firm. 

The Baby Numbers Giving Life – 0 to 10

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

The next set introduces a new concept of hyphen in between numbers with two words and that is a rule.

The Rebellious Teens Walking Different Path – 11 to 20

11 Onze 16 Seize
12 Douze 17 Dix-sept
13 Treize 18 Dix-huit
14 Quatorze 19 Dix-neuf
15 Quinze 20 Vingt

If you memorize these numbers, formation of the ones in future can become easier. So before going to sleep tonight, count the black sheep hopping over fence in French starter-pack.

Now that you have the power of the above numbers, the rest of them for a while will be a piece of cake. Just remember for the first one from 21 to 61 will have an ‘et’ in between. Confused? Check out the tables below and it’ll be clear.

The Young Adult Settling Life – 21 to 30

21 Vingt et un 26 Vingt-six
22 Vingt-deux 27 Vingt-sept
23 Vingt-trois 28 Vingt-huit
24 Vingt-quatre 29 Vingt-neuf
25 Vingt-cinq 30 Trente

Now for the next set, follow the same pattern except instead of vingt replace it with the line you are in like if it’s 31 it’ll become trente et un, 32 will be trente-deux and so on. Continue using hyphens and the same baby numbers till 69.

The Mid-life Crisis Following – 30 to 69

31 Trente et un 51 Cinquante-et-un
32 Trente-deux 60 Soixante
40 Quarante 61 Soixante-et-un
41 Quarante-et-un 69 Soixante-neuf
50 Cinquante

You though x+y and all that algebra would be useless in life if you aren’t math fanatic? Well, you could be right. However, the basic calculations you learnt will come to help here. When we reach seventy, you start addition. So, 70 will be ‘sixty plus ten’. Then 71 will be ‘sixty plus eleven’ or ‘sixty eleven’. Again, go through the table below and things will be clearer.

The Early Old Age is Strange – 70 to 79

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

Coming to the 80s, there’s even more maths (Oh no?) But fear not, if you can do 2+2, you can do this. So, 80 in French is basically ‘four twenties’ and if you think about it 20+20+20+20 is 80!

The Old Age is Stranger – 80 to 89

80 Quatre-vingts
81 Quatre-vingt-un
82 Quatre-vingt-deux

And you know the rest! Observe there’s something missing in 81. The ‘et’ has been eliminated because without exceptions there is no French.

For the last hurdle, 90s follow the 70s. For 90 you will take 80 and add 10 to it. It’s all logical. So, if you think it’s basically 4*20+10 = 90. Then 91 will be 4*20+11 and so on.

The Older You Are, The Crazier it is – 90 to 99

90 Quatre-vingt-dix
91 Quatre-vingt-onze
92 Quatre-vingt-douze

After 100, you’re already an expert on patterns. Just see the table below and you’ll be able to gauze numbers till million. Start counting your hair in French!

The Age of Immortality – 100 above

100 Cent 500 Cinq cents
110 Cent-dix 1,000 Mille
200 Deux cents 2,000 Deux mille
250 Deux cent cinquante 1,000,000 Un million

All regions that are Francophone don’t follow the herd. The Swiss and Belgians like their own system. Here, 70 is septante followed by 71 which remains the same except instead of soxiante-dix, septante is used. Likewise, 80 is huitante and 81 becomes huitante-et-un, 90 is nonante till 99 which is nonante-neuf.

Why should you just sing along to Ricky Martin’s ‘Un, dos, tres’ when you can have your own ‘Un, deux, trois’? It won’t take you long to grasp the pattern so keep practicing. If you still face difficulty, our French tutors will help you out. See you next chapter!

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