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Bonjour! If you are learning French, you might have started complaining about French numbers.
True, French numbers can be a headache.
But it is definitely not something that you cannot conquer after reading this article, and I am happy to help.
My name is Eden, and I’ve been teaching French for 5 years. Let me show you and guide you through the world of French numbers.
Vous êtes prêts ? Trois, deux, un… C’est parti! Let’s begin counting in French!
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French Numbers 1 to 100
Starting from 0 to 10
 0 — zero
 1 — un
 2 — deux
 3 — trois
 4 — quatre
 5 — cinq
 6 — six
 7 — sept
 8 — huit
 9 — neuf
 10 — dix
First of all, let’s start with the basics. Counting from 1 to 10 in French is quite easy. The numbers are all independent. You just need to memorize them.
French Numbers 11 to 19
 11 — onze
 12 — douze
 13 — treize
 14 — quatorze
 15 — quinze
 16 — seize
 17 — dixsept
 18 — dixhuit
 19 — dixneuf
When you are counting from 10 to 19 in French, you can now see two types of numbers: independent and composed numbers.
As you might have noticed, from 17 to 19 (dixsept, dixhuit, dixneuf) we have the first glance of composed numbers.
When to use the Hyphens in French Numbers
Are you wondering if there’s an easy way to memorize the use of hyphens in numbers?
Well, it really depends on how obsessed you are with spelling French numbers out.
If you are not obsessed, the simple rule is to add hyphens between words in composed numbers. (This rule was mentioned in “Reforms of French Orthography“.)
French Numbers 20 to 69
Counting 2069 is easy.
The rules:

 Firstly: 20/30/40/50/60 are independent numbers.
 Secondly: 21/31/41/51/61 share the same rule: “vingt/trente/quarante/cinquante/soixante” plus “et un”
 Everything else: “vingt/trente/quarante/cinquante/soixante” plus “un/deux/trois/…/neuf”
20 vingt  30 trente  40 quarante  50 cinquante  60 soixante 
21 vingt et un  31 trente et un  41 quarante et un  51 cinquante et un  61 soixante et un 
22 vingtdeux  32 trentedeux  42 quarantedeux  52 cinquantedeux  62 soixantedeux 
23 vingttrois  33 trentetrois  43 quarantetrois  53 cinquantetrois  63 soixantetrois 
24 vingtquatre  34 trentequatre  44 quarantequatre  54 cinquantequatre  64 soixantequatre 
25 vingtcinq  35 trentecinq  45 quarantecinq  55 cinquantecinq  65 soixantecinq 
26 vingtsix  36 trentesix  46 quarantesix  56 cinquantesix  66 soixantesix 
27 vingtsept  37 trentesept  47 quarantesept  57 cinquantesept  67 soixantesept 
28 vingthuit  38 trentehuit  48 quarantehuit  58 cinquantehuit  68 soixantehuit 
29 vingtneuf  39 trenteneuf  49 quaranteneuf  59 cinquanteneuf  69 soixanteneuf 
Let’s review what we have learned in this video⬇
How about 70?
Well, once you reach 70, the pattern changes. Let’s take a closer look in the next section.
French Numbers 70 to 79
Super easy addition based on “soixante (60)” is involved.
Number — French — English
 70 — Soixantedix (sixtyten)
 71 — Soixanteetonze (sixtyandeleven)
 72 — Soixantedouze (sixtytwelve)
 73 — Soixantetreize (sixtythirteen)
 74 — Soixantequatorze (sixtyfourteen)
 75 — Soixantequinze (sixtyfifteen)
 76 — Soixanteseize (sixtysixteen)
 77 — Soixantedixsept (sixtytenseven)
 78 — Soixantedixhuit (sixtyteneight）
 79 — Soixantedixneuf (sixtytennine)
French Numbers 80 to 100
Now, similar to counting from 6179, counting from 81 to 99 in French is done by adding 119 to 80.
Number — French — English (literal)
 80 — Quatrevingts (fourtwenties)
 81 — Quatrevingtun (fourtwentyone) (no “et”)
 82 — Quatrevingtdeux (fourtwentytwo)
 83 — Quatrevingttrois (fourtwentythree)
 84 — Quatrevingtquatre (fourtwentyfour)
 85 — Quatrevingtcinq (fourtwentyfive)
 86 — Quatrevingtsix (fourtwentysix)
 87 — Quatrevingtsept (fourtwentyseven)
 88 — Quatrevingthuit (fourtwentyeight)
 89 — Quatrevingtneuf (fourtwentynine)
 90 — Quatrevingtdix (fourtwentyten)
 91 — Quatrevingtonze (fourtwentyeleven)
 92 — Quatrevingtdouze (fourtwentytwelve)
 93 — Quatrevingttreize (fourtwentythirteen)
 94 — Quatrevingtquatorze (fourtwentyfourteen)
 95 — Quatrevingtquinze (fourtwentyfifteen)
 96 — Quatrevingtseize (fourtwentysixteen)
 97 — Quatrevingtdixsept (fourtwentytenseven)
 98 — Quatrevingtdixhuit (fourtwentyteneight)
 99 — Quatrevingtdixneuf (fourtwentytennine)
 100 — Cent (one hundred)
Notice that “quatrevingtun” does not add an extra “et” before “un”? Yep, it’s an exception.
Regarding the “s” at the end of “quatrevingts”, it only applies when “quatrevingts” is not followed by any other numeral: quatrevingts for 80, quatrevingttrois for 83.
Now you have mastered top 100 French numbers. Let’s review it through the video: French Lesson 1100
If you want to do more exercises with numbersrelated expressions, or even other French expressions that will come in handy, check out the LingoDeer app (Android/iOS) for the free Travel Phrasebook course!
Fun Facts About Numbers in French
In Frenchspeaking Belgium and Switzerland, people don’t say “soixantedix, quatrevingts, quatrevingtdix”.
They will instead follow the usual pattern as from 20 to 60 and use :
Septante for 70 instead of Soixantedix.
Octante or Huitante for 80 instead of Quatrevingts (only in Switzerland).
Nonante for 90 instead of Quatrevingtdix.
This would be more logical if you take a step back and look at how 40, 50 and 60 are written. But French will always be French and if there are no complications in the language… it’s not real French!
French Numbers: What happens After 100?
Afterwards, let’s move on to the hundreds. It’s very similar to the English way of counting hundreds. Take a look at this table:
Hundreds (centaines)
 100 — Cent
 200 — Deuxcents
 300 — Troiscents
 400 — Quatrecents
 500 — Cinqcents
 600 — Sixcents
 700 — Septcents
 800 — Huitcents
 900 — Neufcents
 1000 — Mille
If you would like to read composed numbers out loud, let me show you how to do it:
Let’s take 152 as an example: centcinquantedeux. There are no particular tricks here, just assembling the numbers together. Hundreds + tens and units.
Now let’s do the same thing with 368: troiscentsoixantehuit. Have you noticed something? Yes. The “s” of “troiscents” has disappeared. This rule is the same as the “s” of “quatrevingts“: if it’s above 100 and not followed by any other numeral, the “s” stays (deuxcents, troiscents…).
Before you go ahead and read the next paragraph, try to train yourself and figure out how to spell these numbers now:
145 – 324 – 294 – 569 – 812 – 900
Answer:
Centquarantecinq / Troiscentvingtquatre / Deuxcentquatrevingtquatorze / Cinqcentsoixanteneuf / Huitcentdouze / Neufcents.
French Numbers: Above Thousands
Thousands in French. Surprisingly, reading thousands in French is not the hardest part of the numbers chapter!
Thousands (millers)—French
 1000 — Mille
 2000 — Deuxmille
 3000 — Troismille
 4000 — Quatremille
 5000 — Cinqmille
 6000 — Sixmille
 7000 — Septmille
 8000 — Huitmille
 9000 — Neufmille
 10,000 — Dixmille
 100,000 — Centmille
 500,000 — Cinqcentmille
In the case of thousands, “mille” stays the same, regardless if it’s followed by another numeral or none.
Above thousands come millions and billions:
million (EN) = million (FR)
billion (EN) = milliard (FR)
Reading Years in French
Reading years in French is simple, it only requires a little bit of training with numbers. The trick is to decompose the year into thousands + hundreds + tens and units:
1952 = milleneufcentcinquantedeux (1000 / 900 / 52)
1879 = millehuitcentsoixantedixneuf (1000 / 800 / 79)
Now, your turn! Train yourself how to read these numbers (or years) out loud:
2014 – 1789 – 1515 – 1981 – 1993 – 2003
Answers:
Deuxmillequatorze / Milleseptcentquatrevingtneuf / Millecinqcentquinze / Milleneufcentquatrevingtun / Milleneufcentquatrevingttreize / Deuxmilletrois.
Mathematics in French
Add, Subtract, Multiply and Divide in French
Reading mathematics is something that you might also have to master if you really want to know how to count in French. Here’s how you do it:
 Addition:
 plus — Add — Un plus deux
 Soustraction:
 moins — Sustract — Deux moins un
 Multiplication:
 foismultiplié par — Multiply — Trois fois cinq; Trois multiplié par cinq
 Division:
 divisé par — Divide — Dix divisé par deux
 Equal:
 Est égal à — Equals — Un plus deux est égal à trois
Fractions in French
How do you read fractions in French? This first table will show you how to read some fixed expressions:
Usual Fractions—FR
 1/2 — Un demi
 1/3 — Un tiers
 1/4 — Un quart
 1/5 — Un cinquième
 1/10 — Un dixème
 1/20 — Un vingtième
Regarding other types of fractions, you will have to use this pattern:
(number) sur (number)
Let me show you an example: 5/20 = cinq sur vingt. Easy, right?
And what if you would like to read a number such as x.y? (0.5 , 2.9 … )
👉Regarding decimal separators (the period between numbers) in French, we don’t use the period. In fact, we will use a comma (“,“) to separate decimals: 0,5 or 2,9 … If you would like to pronounce them out loud, just add “virgule” (comma) in between.
0,5 = zéro virgule cinq / 2,9 = deux virgule neuf.
Percentages in French
To read percentages in French, it’s even easier. You only will need to add “pourcent(s)” (or “pour cent”) at the end of your number.
15% = quinze pourcents / pour cent.
Note that “pourcent” will change and agree with the number (if there is more than 1%, then “pourcent” will be written with an “s”). “Pour cent”, on the other side, will always be invariable. In other words, “pourcent” is “perhundred”, a noun, and “pour cent” is the noun phrase “per one hundred”.
How to Read Phone Numbers in French
Finally, let’s take a look at our last part of how to count in French… phone numbers! This may not be exactly counting, as I would say, but it’s part of daily life.
Note that most French telephone numbers are written this way :
0x xx xx xx xx (Example: 04 . 98 . 10 . 20 . 32)
So we read them by pairs (zéro quatre , quatrevingtdixhuit, dix, vingt, trentedeux).
However, you may stumble upon different numbers using different formats (such as 3 by 3 instead of pairs), you may read them using “hundreds” :
851 – 121 (huitcentcinquanteetun / centvingtetun)
Conclusion
There you go! You now know pretty much everything about reading numbers in French and you may now start counting in French.
The key here is to train yourself to read numbers out loud, a little bit of exercise with LingoDeer goes a long way.
Remember, with hard work and practice, it will be easier for you to master reading and pronouncing French numbers. Au revoir et à bientôt!
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