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Numbers in French

Learning numbers in French is actually just a question of memorisation.

If you can learn the first 16 numbers by heart, after that it’s just a case of adding up numbers or multiplying them.

It might sound a bit complicated at first but in reality, it’s not.

Use the audio below to help you imitate the pronunciation.

Numbers 1 – 60

 

Numbers 60 – 100

 

NumberFrenchPronunciationNotes
0zérozay-roh
1unahn
2deuxduh
3troistwah
4quatrecat
5cinqsank
6sixseese
7septset
8huitwheat
9neufnuhf
10dixdeese
11onzeohnz
12douzedooz
13treizetrehz
14quatorzekah-tohrz
15quinzecans
16seizesays
17dix-septdeese-set
18dix-huitdeese-wheat
19dix-neufdeese-nuhf
20vingtvahn
21vingt et unvahn tay uhnFrom here on, for most numbers that end in 1 (21,31,41,51,61,71) you add "ET” (and) in between. I call them the “1” numbers because they end in 1. Example: 21 is 20 AND 1 which is VINGT ET UN. There is a liaison (a link) between the “t” and “et” so it is pronounced VAHN TAY UHN
22vingt-deuxvahn-duh
23vingt-troisvahn-twah
24vingt-quatrevahn-cat
25vingt-cinqvahn-sank
26vingt-sixvahn-seese
27vingt-septvahn-set
28vingt-huitvahn-wheat
29vingt-neufvahn-nuhf
30trentetrawnt
31 trente et un trawn-tay-ahn
32trente-deuxtrawnt-duh
33trente-troistrawnt-twah
34trente-quatretrawnt-cat
35trente-cinqtrawnt-sank
36trente-sixtrawnt-seese
37trente-septtrawnt-set
38trente-huittrawnt-wheat
39trente-neuftrawnt-nuhf
40quarantekuh-rawnt
41quarante et un kuh-rawn-tay-ahn
42quarante-deuxkuh-rawnt-duh
43quarante-troiskuh-rawnt-twah
44quarante-quatrekuh-rawnt-cat
45quarante-cinqkuh-rawnt-sank
46quarante-sixkuh-rawnt-seese
47quarante-septkuh-rawnt-set
48quarante-huitkuh-rawnt-wheat
49quarante-neufkuh-rawnt-nuhf
50cinquantesank-awnt
51cinquante et un sank-awn-tay-ahn
52cinquante-deuxsank-awnt-duh
53cinquante-troissank-awnt-twah
54cinquante-quatresank-awnt-cat
55cinquante-cinqsank-awnt-sank
56cinquante-sixsank-awnt-seese
57cinquante-septsank-awnt-set
58cinquante-huitsank-awnt-wheat
59cinquante-neufsank-awnt-nuhf
60soixanteswah-sawnt
61 soixante et un swah-sawn-tay-ahn
62soixante-deuxswah-sawnt-duh
63soixante-troisswah-sawnt-twah
64soixante-quatreswah-sawnt-cat
65soixante-cinqswah-sawnt-sank
66soixante-sixswah-sawnt-seese
67soixante-septswah-sawnt-set
68soixante-huitswah-sawnt-wheat
69soixante-neufswah-sawnt-nuhf
70soixante-dixswah-sawnt-deeseFrom here on we have to do some maths. In French 70 is simply 60 + 10 (you don’t need to say PLUS)
71soixante et onzeswah-sawn-tay-ohnzThen you continue but remember that it is still a “1” number so don't forget the “ET”.
60+11= 71 (60 ET 11)
72soixante-douze swah-sawnt-dooz60+12
73soixante-treizeswah-sawnt-trehz60+13
74soixante-quatorzeswah-sawnt-kah-tohrz60+14
75soixante-quinzeswah-sawnt-cans60+15
76soixante-seizeswah-sawnt-says60+16
77soixante-dix-septswah-sawnt- deese-set60+17
78soixante-dix-huitswah-sawnt-deese-wheat60+18
79soixante-dix-neufswah-sawnt-deese-nuhf60+19
80quatre-vingtska-truh-vahnthis time we must times the numbers - 4X20= 80. Of course, we do not say “times” we just say the numbers…4 20
81 quatre-vingt-un ka-truh-vahn-ahnWe do not apply the number 1 rule for 81
82quatre-vingt-deuxka-truh-vahn-duh4x20+2
83quatre-vingt-troiska-truh-vahn-twah4x20+3
84quatre-vingt-quatreka-truh-vahn-cat4x20+4
85quatre-vingt-cinqka-truh-vahn-sank4x20+5
86quatre-vingt-sixka-truh-vahn-seese4x20+6
87quatre-vingt-septka-truh-vahn-set4x20+7
88quatre-vingt-huitka-truh-vahn-wheat4x20+8
89quatre-vingt-neufka-truh-vahn-nuhf4x20+9
90quatre-vingt-dixka-truh-vahn-deeseAnd we keep adding….
4x20+10
91 quatre-vingt-onze ka-truh-vahn-ohnz4x20+11= 91
92quatre-vingt-douzeka-truh-vahn-dooz4x20+12
93quatre-vingt-treizeka-truh-vahn-trehz4x20+13
94quatre-vingt-quatorzeka-truh-vahn-kah-tohrz4x20+14
95quatre-vingt-quinzeka-truh-vahn-cans4x20+15
96quatre-vingt-seizeka-truh-vahn-says4x20+16
97quatre-vingt-dix-septka-truh-vahn-deese-set4x20+17
98quatre-vingt-dix-huitka-truh-vahn-deese-wheat4x20+18
99quatre-vingt-dix-neufka-truh-vahn-deese-nuhf4x20+19
100centsawntYou DO NOT pronounce the « T » BUT when followed by another word starting with a vowel you must pronounce it because of the “liaison” (link)
Ex: cent ans /sawn tohn/
1000millemeel
1,000,000un millionuhn meel-ee-ohn

Notes

1. Generally in French you do not pronounce the last letter of a word if it is a consonant, but for the following numbers you should – un, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf and dix.

However when six, huit or dix are followed by another word starting with a consonant, you don’t pronounce the last consonant!

When the last consonant of the number IS pronounced:

  • Huit – pronounced wheat because its not followed by any word
  • Huit années – pronounced whea tannay. The t is pronounced because of the “liaison”

When the last consonant of the number is NOT pronounced:

  • Huit mois – pronounced whea mwa because it is followed by a word starting with a consonant

2. Six and dix, when not followed by any other word, are pronounced seese and deese. The “s” is pronounced like the “s” in “snake”, not like a Z.

But when followed by a word starting with a vowel, the “s” is pronounced like “z”

Examples:

  • Dix années – pronounced deezanay
  • Six amis – pronounced seezamee

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