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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
    By Michelle
    14 November 2019
    , 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

0Zéro
1Un6Six
2Deux7Sept
3Trois8Huit
4Quatre9Neuf
5Cinq10Dix

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

11Onze16Seize
12Douze17Dix-sept
13Treize18Dix-huit
14Quatorze19Dix-neuf
15Quinze20Vingt

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

21Vingt et un26Vingt-six
22Vingt-deux27Vingt-sept
23Vingt-trois28Vingt-huit
24Vingt-quatre29Vingt-neuf
25Vingt-cinq30Trente

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

31Trente et un51Cinquante-et-un
32Trente-deux60Soixante
40Quarante61Soixante-et-un
41Quarante-et-un69Soixante-neuf
50Cinquante

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

70Soxiante-dix75Soixante-quinze
71Soixante-et-onze76Soixante-seize
72Soixante-douze77Soixante-dix-sept
73Soixante-treize78Soixante-dix-huit
74Soixante-quatorze79Soixante-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

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

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

100Cent500Cinq cents
110Cent-dix1,000Mille
200Deux cents2,000Deux mille
250Deux cent cinquante1,000,000Un 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!

Quiz: Test your knowledge of French Numbers!

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

French Numbers

1 / 8

“Julien veut un verre d’eau.” means

2 / 8

“Un chien” means

3 / 8

“Il a gagné (un million / un milliard d’ / un millier d’ / un billion / un milliard) euros !”

English: He won 1 billion euros!

4 / 8

“J’aimerais avoir quatre (million de / millions / million / millions de) dollars”

English: I would like to have four million dollars

5 / 8

Ma grand-mère a (soixante-deux / soixante-douze / trois-vingt-deux / setante-trois) ans. 

English: My grandmother is seventy-two years old.

6 / 8

Il me doit (quatre-vingt-treize / quatre-vingt-trois / soixante-dix-treize / seize-trois) euros. 

English: He owes me ninety-three euros.

7 / 8

“Ils ont reçu trois cents lettres.” means

8 / 8

“Une tortue peut vivre jusqu’à cent-cinquante ans” means

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