Learning numbers is French is notoriously difficult. With addition, multiplication, and BODMAS rules, learn the language of the French numerical system.

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If you are trying to learn French, you are going to get to the topic of French numbers quite quickly. I have to warn you, right of the bat, it is not going to be pretty.

Learning numbers in French is unexpectedly complicated, and requires a certain amount of rote-memorization. In order to be able to rattle off large numbers without pausing, you may have to do mathematical calculations in your head.

I will warn you in advance you may be tempted to pull out a calculator. It isn’t the easiest, but with a bit of persistence, it is achievable. So let’s dive into French numbers, shall we? *Allons-y!*

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## From 0 to 20

French numbers all start off relatively normally, with 0 to 20 being learnt quite quickly as follows:

- 0 – zéro
- 1 – un
- 2 – deux
- 3 – trois
- 4 – quatre
- 5 – cinq
- 6 – six (pronounced sis)
- 7 – sept
- 8 – huit
- 9 – neuf
- 10 – dix
- 11 – onze
- 12 – douze
- 13 – treize
- 14 – quatorze
- 15 – quinze
- 16 – seize
- 17 – dix-sept
- 18 – dix-huit
- 19 – dix-neuf
- 20 – vingt

Now 17 becomes 10+7, and it is the same for 18 and 19, but that is still not too bad. I know you are thinking “too easy, I got this!”

## From 21 to 70

From 21 onwards, there is a slight hick where every figure with 1 is called twenty and one, thirty and one, etc. as follows:

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 50 – cinquante
- 51 – cinquante-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

- 60 – soixante
- 61 – soixante-et-un
- 62 – soixante-deux
- 63 – soixante-deux
- 64 – soixante-deux
- 65 – soixante-deux
- 66 – soixante-deux
- 67 – soixante-deux
- 68 – soixante-deux
- 69 – soixante-neuf

As you can see, other than remembering to add an ** et**, the rest of it is easy-peasy.

## From 70 to 79

It is at 70, that the wheels start to come off. Instead of coming up with a new word for 70, we start to perform some addition with seventy in French referred to as 60+10.

I kid you not, the whole thing continues as follows:

- 70 – soixante-dix
- 71 – soixante-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

So 79 is actually spoken in French as 60+19.

## From 81 to 99

And it continues to get more complicated and unwieldy from there, where we graduate from simple addition to multiplication and BODMAS rules. For eighty, the French version becomes four times twenty (4×20) and continues as follows:

- 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

- 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

So for 90 in the French version becomes 4 x 20 + 10 and 99 is basically 4 x 20 + 10 + 9.

For non-francophones, it is impossible to understand why this hasn’t been revised for the modern era, but there you have it.

Unlike English, there are government institutions and associations that regulate officially spoken French. You cannot just invent words and hope it gets adopted into the official lexicon. The official rules of the French language are decided by an institution called theAcadémie Française. Created in 1635, it is responsible for defining French language dictionary, grammar and punctuation.

## From 100 onwards

Once you get past the chicanery between 70 and 99, it all becomes relatively straightforward. The main French number milestones are as follows:

- 100 – cent
- 1000 – mille
- 1000000 – million
- 1000000000 – billion

Now, this still can get a bit complicated and needs a bit of practice. For example, if you wanted to say €1,895,000, it would be *un million, huit cents, quatre-vingt-quinze-mille*. That breaks down as follows:

*un million*– 1 million*huit cents*– 8 hundred*quatre-vingt-quinze-mille*– (4 x 20 + 15) = 95 thousand

As you can see, you could have quite an advanced level of fluency, and still struggle with figures if you were working in finance in France!

## Firsts and Seconds

The good news is that once you have mastered French numbers, you can easily speak of “first, second, third,” etc. It does start off with differences for 1st, but after that it is smooth-sailing. Just add * ème* at the end, as follows:

- 1er – premier/première
- 2eme – deuxième
- 3eme – troisième
- 90eme – quatre-vingt-dixième
- 99eme – quatre-vingt-dix-neuvième
- 100eme – centième

## Fractions

French Fractions are just as easy, with just adding ** un** in the beginning and

*at the end. It does start off with differences for 1/2, 1/3 and 1/4, but after that it is smooth-sailing.*

**ème**Fractions in French are spoken as follows:

- 1/2 – un demi
- 1/3 – un tiers
- 2/3 – deux-tiers
- 1/4 – un quart
- 1/5 – un cinquième
- 1/10 – un dixème
- 1/20 – un vingtième
- 1/99 – un quatre-vingt-dix-neuvième

This method above mostly only works with 1 over a denominator. If you want to say another figure, such as 7/10 on the other hand, you would say “*sept sur dix*” meaning 7 on 10.

Another example would be *trois sur vingt*, meaning 3/20 or *deux sur cinq* for 2/5.

## French Numbers in Belgium and Switzerland

For the French-speaking portions of other countries, you can understand that the complex mathematical calculations of French numbers were a no-go.

Belgium, Switzerland, and other francophone-speaking regions have their own official french language authority institutions to decide what should be in the official numbering system.

Switzerland decided to adapt the numbers above 69 are as follows:

- 70 – septante
- 71 – septante et un
- 72 – septante-deux
- 80 – huitante
- 90 – nonante
- 99 – nonante-neuf

To make it even more confusing however, Belgium followed suite, but is still using quatre-vingt for 80, rather than huitante. Ahh those Belges!

Traditionalist Quebecois government association, however, has decided to stick to the regular French with *quatre-vingt*, as dictated by the motherland.

## Phone numbers

Now, this doesn’t sound that bad, until you get to a practical example such as phone numbers. French phone numbers are usually 10 digits long and are written in twos, as follows: 06.22.94.75.77

So if you would like to imagine, the above number will be repeated in French as follows:

- zéro-six (06)
- vingt-deux (22)
- quatre-vingt-quatorze (4 x 20+14 = 94)
- soixante-quinze (60 + 15 = 75)
- soixante-dix-sept (60 + 10 + 7 = 77)

When spoken quickly over the phone, you can see how this jumble of numbers can be difficult for French learners to grasp and ensure that they have written down the correct phone number!

For info, phone numbers that begin with 06 or 07 mean that they are mobile phones, while numbers that start with 01 or 09 mean that you are calling a landline. The area code for France is +33.

## Mathematical symbols

I would be amiss if I did not note the most common mathematical symbols, as spoken in French. The usual suspects, aka mathematical symbols are as follows:

Mathematical Symbol | French As Spoken |
---|---|

+ Addition (plus) | Un plus deux (1 + 2) |

– Soustraction (moins) | Deux moins un (2 – 1) |

x Multiplication | Trois fois cinq (meaning 3 times 5), or Trois multiplié par cinq (meaning 3 multiplied by 5) |

÷ Division | Dix divisé par deux (10 ÷ 2) |

= Egal | Un plus deux est égal à trois (1 + 2 = 3) |

% Pour cent | Dix pour cent (10%) |

, Virgule | Trois virgule cinquante (3,50) |

€ Euros | Dix euros (€10) |

¢ Centimes | Dix euros et quatre-vingt-dix-neuf centimes (€10,99) |

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## FAQs

### What are simple French numbers? ›

In French, it's as simple as **un, deux, trois**. The hardest part of learning French numbers is the pronunciation, so make sure you practice saying them along with me. Zéro, un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix.

**What is 27 called in French? ›**

Number | In French | Pronunciation |
---|---|---|

25 | vingt-cinq | van sank |

26 | vingt-six | van sees |

27 | vingt-sept | van set |

28 | vingt-huit | van wheet |

**What is a French number example? ›**

In France, people (and forms on websites) usually write telephone numbers in pairs, forming a sequence of five double-digit numbers, for example , **01 23 45 67 89**.

**What is a list of French numbers? ›**

**Numbers 1-10 in French**

- un.
- deux.
- trois.
- quatre.
- cinq.
- six.
- sept.
- huit.

**What are the classic French numbers? ›**

**French Numbers**

- 1 in French is 'un'. It's pronounced like the 'on' sound in the word 'onion'.
- 2 in French is 'deux'. It's pronounced as 'duh'.
- 3 in French is 'trois'. ...
- 4 in French is 'quatre'. ...
- 5 in French is 'cinq'. ...
- 6 in French is 'six', spelled just like in English. ...
- 7 in French is 'sept'. ...
- 8 in French is 'huit'.

**Is it comma or dot in numbers France? ›**

Numbers In French

In English, decimals are written with a point and thousands with a comma, but in French punctuation, it is the opposite: **decimals are written with a comma and thousands with a point or a space**.

**How do French numbers start? ›**

All French numbers have 10 digits and **begin with 0**.

**Why is there no word for 70 in French? ›**

Actually it does exist, the word “Septante” is used for 70 in some countries, as well as “Nonante” for 90, including Belgium and Switzerland. This said, Soixante-dix and Quatre-vingt-dix are indeed used by far more people, which is why it's more commonly taught to students learning French as a foreign language.

**What are the numbers 1 to 100? ›**

The first 100 whole numbers are 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25,26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, ...

**How do you say 1.5 in French? ›**

French decimals and percentages

Hence the decimil 1.5 is written 1,5 and read as '**un vigrule cinq**'.

### What is 1 20 in French? ›

This is the foundation for all other numbers: **un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix, onze, douze, treize, quatorze, quinze**. Memorize the numbers for the multiples of ten: vingt, trente, quarante, cinquante, soixante, soixante-dix, quatre-vingt, quatre-vingt-dix.

**What is 0 5 in French? ›**

What are the numbers 0 to 10 in French? Numbers 0 to 10 in French are: **zéro, un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf and dix**.

**How do you say 13 45 in French? ›**

**Il est treize heures quarante-cinq** = it's 13:45. Il est vingt heures = it's 20:00.

**Is the T in Vingt silent? ›**

For example, in the word vingt, final consonants are silent, so you will pronounce it as va~. However, **in vingt et un, a liaison occurs, and now the final t will be pronounced** - so you will say va~ te a~.

**What do we call 12 in French? ›**

12 in words is written as “**Twelve**”.

**Do you pronounce the T in Vingt? ›**

With vingt, **the 't' is usually silent, but it is pronounced when followed by a vowel or unaspirate 'h'**. The exception to this rule is when expressing dates: Vingt-huit (sounds like 'vantweet') 28.

**What is 1million in French? ›**

So while “one million” in English is 1,000,000, in French it's **1.000.** **000**. Alternately, un million can also be written 1 000 000, where the periods are replaced by single spaces. What would you do with un million de dollars or deux virgule deux millions d'euros?

**What is million called in French? ›**

[ˈmɪliən ] noun. million m. millions of **des millions de**.

**What do French numbers look like? ›**

French people usually state phone numbers as **a sequence of five double-digit numbers**, e.g., 0x xx xx xx xx (and not, for example, 0 xxx-xxx-xxx or 0xxx-xx-xxxx or 0xx-xxx-xxxx).

**What do we call 29 in French? ›**

26 : vingt-six. 27 : vingt-sept. 28 : vingt-huit. 29 : **vingt-neuf**.

### How are numbers written in Europe? ›

Written Numbers

Don't use "#" for "number" — it's not common in Europe. On the continent, **commas are decimal points and decimals are commas**, so a euro and a half is €1,50 and there are 5.280 feet in a mile. (Britain and Ireland use commas and decimal points like North America.)

**Is there a comma between Paris France? ›**

In geographical names with two or more elements, **you should use a comma after each different element**. This helps the reader to see the different component parts of the address.

**How do French write large numbers? ›**

There is one special thing you will have to keep in mind when it comes to bigger French numbers: **Instead of a comma, the French use a period to separate thousands** (and other larger number values). So, 1.000 is mille (one thousand). 1.000. 000 is un million.

**Why do French use comma in numbers? ›**

In France, the full stop was already in use in printing **to make Roman numerals more readable**, so the comma was chosen. Many other countries, such as Italy, also chose to use the comma to mark the decimal units position.

**Why do the French say Quatre Vingt? ›**

There was a short period during the Middle Ages when the roman versions 'septante', 'huitante' and 'nonante' looked like they were going to stick but then tradition partially prevailed for the French and **they managed to reclaim their ancient ways of saying eighty (quatre-vingt) to ninety-nine (quatre-vingt-dix-neuf)**.

**Can you say 24 7 in French? ›**

**24 heures sur 24** - Lawless French Expression - 24h/24, 7j/7.

**How to say 11 35 in French? ›**

Here's another example: Il est **11 heures 35**. (It's 11:35.).

**What is 1 2 3 4 5 all the way to 100? ›**

According to arithmetic progression, natural numbers can be written down as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 to 100. Basically, the sum of the first 100 natural numbers is equal to **5050**.

**What is the most popular number from 1 to 100? ›**

The most random two-digit number is **37**, When groups of people are polled to pick a “random number between 1 and 100”, the most commonly chosen number is 37. The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything (“what is 6 times 9”, correct in base 13).

**What is 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 in spanish? ›**

There's no real pattern, you just have to learn them: **uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, diez, once, doce, trece, catorce, quince**.

### What are the numbers 1 to 10 in French and English? ›

The French numbers 1-10 are: **un (1), deux (2), trois (3), quatre (4), cinq (5), six (6), sept (7) huit (8) neuf (9), dix (10)**.

**What is 2.5 in French? ›**

two point five (2.5) **deux virgule cinq** (2, 5)In decimal numbers, the French use a comma instead of a point.

**What is A1 2 for French? ›**

Level A1. 2 is the **second sub-level of the Beginner A1 level**. Level A1. 2 is further split into Part 1 and Part 2 for the leisurely track.

**How do you say 2 40 in French? ›**

Il est **trois heures moins vingt**: 3 hours minus 20, meaning 2:40.

**What are the numbers 0 to 10 in French? ›**

What are the numbers 0 to 10 in French? Numbers 0 to 10 in French are: **zéro, un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf and dix**.

**What are the 1 to 20 numbers called in French? ›**

number | in French | pronunciation |
---|---|---|

1 | un | un |

2 | deux | duh |

3 | trois | twah |

4 | quatre | katr |

**What is the order of counting numbers? ›**

Counting numbers are the natural numbers that can be used in counting. They **start from 1 and the series continues as 1, 2, 3, 4, and so on**. Zero is not included in counting numbers because we cannot count 0. Let us learn more about counting numbers in this article.

**What is 1 15 in French? ›**

1:15 | une heure quinze une heure et quart | treize heures quinze treize heures et quart |
---|---|---|

3:30 | trois heures trente trois heures et demie | quinze heures trente quinze heures et demie |

4:45 | quatre heures quarante-cinq cinq heures moins le quart | seize heures quarante-cinq dix-sept heures moins le quart |

**What are all the French numbers? ›**

**Numbers 1-10 in French**

- un.
- deux.
- trois.
- quatre.
- cinq.
- six.
- sept.
- huit.

**What are the two types of numbers in French? ›**

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 (dix-sept, dix-huit, dix-neuf) we have the first glance of composed numbers.