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How to Count French Numbers to 100? (Audio + Quiz + Rules)

How to Count French Numbers to 100? (Audio + Quiz + Rules)

Mastering numbers in French is quite an art. To achieve this, you must be methodical in your learning. Successful learning requires systematic repetition of words and numbers.

Are you afraid of mispronouncing French numbers? We’ll give you a few pointers to help you count from 1 to 100 like a native French speaker!

Reminder: The Arabic numerals (Chiffres in French) go from 0 to 9 in French. A number (Nombre in French) is composed of several digits (Chiffres). In this case, 10 is a “Nombre” and not a “Chiffre”. In English, 5 or 15 are a number there is no word to differentiate the two. 

List of French Numbers from 0 to 100

In the previous article, we showed you how to count from 0 to 10 in French. There is nothing wrong with a little more detailed reminder for better assimilation of your knowledge.

Counting from 0 to 10

0 to 10 in French
0 to 10 in French @French Iceberg

Here are the numbers in French to count from 0 to 10:

0-10 in French
2Deux [dø]
10Dix [dis]

Counting from 10 to 19

Dozens in French
Dozens in French @French Iceberg

First difficulty with the dozens in French. Starting from 17 to 19 you need to do the addition of 10 + 7 and so on… 

10 to 19 in French
10Dix [dis]

Counting from 20 to 29

20 in French
20 in French @French Iceberg
20 to 29 in French
21Vingt-et-un[vɛ̃ œ̃]
22Vingt-deux[vɛ̃ dø]
23Vingt-trois[vɛ̃ tʀwɑ]
24Vingt-quatre[vɛ̃ katʀ]
25Vingt-cinq[vɛ̃ sɛ̃k]
26Vingt-six[vɛ̃ sɛ̃k]
27Vingt-sept[vɛ̃ sɛt]
28Vingt-huit[vɛ̃ ˈɥi(t)]
29Vingt-neuf[vɛ̃ nœf]

Counting from 30 to 39

30 in French
30 in French @French iceberg
30 to 39 in French
31Trente-et-un[tʁɑ̃t œ̃]
32Trente-deux[tʁɑ̃t dø]
33Trente-trois[tʁɑ̃t tʀwɑ]
34Trente-quatre[tʁɑ̃t katʀ]
35Trente-cinq[tʁɑ̃t sɛ̃k]
36Trente-six[tʁɑ̃t sis]
37Trente-sept[tʁɑ̃t sɛt]
38Trente-huit[tʁɑ̃t ˈɥi(t)]
39Trente-neuf[tʁɑ̃t nœf]

Counting from 40 to 49

40 in French
40 in French @French Iceberg
40 to 49 in French
41Quarante-et-un[kaʁɑ̃t œ̃]
42Quarante-deux[kaʁɑ̃t dø]
43Quarante-trois[kaʁɑ̃t tʀwɑ]
44Quarante-quatre[kaʁɑ̃t katʀ]
45Quarante-cinq[kaʁɑ̃t sɛ̃k]
46Quarante-six[kaʁɑ̃t sis]
47Quarante-sept[kaʁɑ̃t sɛt]
48Quarante-huit[kaʁɑ̃t ˈɥi(t)]
49Quarante-neuf[kaʁɑ̃t nœf]

Counting from 50 to 59

50 in French
50 in French @French Iceberg
50 to 59 in French
51Cinquante-et-un[sɛ̃kɑ̃t œ̃]
52Cinquante-deux[sɛ̃kɑ̃t dø]
53Cinquante-trois[sɛ̃kɑ̃t tʀwɑ]
54Cinquante-quatre[sɛ̃kɑ̃t katʀ]
55Cinquante-cinq[sɛ̃kɑ̃t sɛ̃k]
56Cinquante-six[sɛ̃kɑ̃t sis]
57Cinquante-sept[sɛ̃kɑ̃t sɛt]
58Cinquante-huit[sɛ̃kɑ̃t ˈɥi(t)]
59Cinquante-neuf[sɛ̃kɑ̃t nœf]

Counting from 60 to 69

60 in French
60 in French @French Iceberg
60 to 69 in French
61Soixante-et-un[swasɑ̃t œ̃]
62Soixante-deux[swasɑ̃t dø]
63Soixante-trois[swasɑ̃t tʀwɑ]
64Soixante-quatre[swasɑ̃t katʀ]
65Soixante-cinq[swasɑ̃t sɛ̃k]
66Soixante-six[swasɑ̃t sis]
67Soixante-sept[swasɑ̃t sɛt]
68Soixante-huit[swasɑ̃t ˈɥi(t)]]
69Soixante-neuf[swasɑ̃t nœf]

Counting from 70 to 79

70 in French
70 in French @French Iceberg

Here begins the second difficulty with 70. You have to add 60 plus 10 and so on (60 + 11, +12, +13, …).

70 to 79 in French
71Soixante-et-onze[swa.sɑ̃.t‿e ɔ̃z]
72Soixante-douze[swasɑ̃t duz]
73Soixante-treize[swasɑ̃t tʁɛz]
74Soixante-quatorze[swasɑ̃t katɔʁz]
75Soixante-quinze[swasɑ̃t kɛ̃z]
76Soixante-seize[swasɑ̃t sɛz]
77Soixante-dix-sept[swasɑ̃t disɛt]
78Soixante-dix-huit[swasɑ̃t diz‿ɥit]
79Soixante-dix-neuf[swasɑ̃t diz.nœf]

Counting from 80 to 89

80 in French
80 in French @French Iceberg

Here is the third difficulty with 80. You need to make a multiplication (4 x 20) then add 1 and so on (+2, +3, +4,+…).

80 to 89 in French
81Quatre-vingt-un[katʁəvɛ̃ œ̃]
82Quatre-vingt-deux[katʁəvɛ̃ dø]
83Quatre-vingt-trois[katʁəvɛ̃ tʀwɑ]
84Quatre-vingt-quatre[katʁəvɛ̃ katʀ]
85Quatre-vingt-cinq [katʁəvɛ̃ sɛ̃k]
86Quatre-vingt-six[katʁəvɛ̃ sis]
87Quatre-vingt-sept[katʁəvɛ̃ sɛt]
88Quatre-vingt-huit[katʁəvɛ̃ ˈɥi(t)]
89Quatre-vingt-neuf[katʁəvɛ̃ nœf] 

Counting from 90 to 100

90 in French
90 in French @French Iceberg

Here is the fourth difficulty with 90. You need to make a multiplication (4 x 20) then adding 10 and so on (+11, +12, +13,+…). It is necessary to know that the French do not realize the difficulty because they learned the numbers from the youngest age.

90 to 100 in French
91Quatre-vingt-onze[katʁəvɛ̃dis ɔ̃z]
92Quatre-vingt-douze[katʁəvɛ̃dis duz]
93Quatre-vingt-treize[katʁəvɛ̃dis tʁɛz]
94Quatre-vingt-quatorze[katʁəvɛ̃dis katɔʁz]
95Quatre-vingt-quinze[katʁəvɛ̃dis kɛ̃z]
96Quatre-vingt-seize[katʁəvɛ̃dis sɛz]
97Quatre-vingt-dix-sept [katʁəvɛ̃dis disɛt]
98Quatre-vingt-dix-huit [katʁəvɛ̃dis diz‿ɥit]
99Quatre-vingt-dix-neuf[katʁəvɛ̃dis diz.nœf]

Cent Pronunciation

100 pronunciation in French

Interesting Facts about French Numbers

Know that for the French numbers, we have two forms for the cardinals 70 and 90. These two forms come from different ways of counting numbers. It is a system of numeration whose base is 10. Thus, it is the decimal system, already used in Latin. It raises forms in -ante as :

  • Soixante – 60
  • Septante – 70 
  • Huitante ou octante – 80 
  • Nonante – 90

In case you hear the French numbers: septante and nonante, do not be surprised. Indeed, it is the French speakers in Belgium and Switzerland who use it today. Interesting fact: these pronunciations were still current and popularized in the counties of France bordering Alsace, Switzerland, and Italy. You can also hear huitante, but only in Switzerland.

We also note a numbering system that has the base 20. These French numbers are based on the vigesimal system. To show that you are cultured, it would be interesting to remember it. For example, the French number:

  • Three-twenty for 60 
  • Three-twenty plus ten for 70
  • Four-twenty for 80

Some Examples of Large Numbers in French

A tip that will come in handy when writing large numbers: you must not forget to separate the classes. This means units, thousands, millions, and finally billions. This will make it easier to read. For example, you should not write 1234569, to make it easier to read, you need 1 234 569. Here is a list of examples of large numbers that can be found in the French language:

  • 150 : cent-cinquante [sɑ̃ sɛ̃kɑ̃t]
  • 630 : six-cent-trente [sis sɑ̃ tʁɑ̃t] 
  • 1 100 : mille-cent [mil cent]
  • 1 000 000 : un million [miljɔ̃] …

The Rules to Apply to Count in French

There are grammatical rules to put into practice to master the large family of French numbers. These rules can be complex at first, but as you learn them, you will eventually master them.

Dashes and Commas: Things to Know

As you may have noticed earlier, in the traditional spelling, the elementary names are connected by hyphens. Some are also connected by the conjunction “et”, such as:

  • 35: Trente-cinq
  • 51: cinquante-et-un … 

In France, this spelling is accepted but it is no longer taught. For the simple reason that now, the rectified spelling is used as a reference. Among these new rules, the French numbers 20 and 100 take the plural mark, so they end with an “s” when they are multiplied. The same is true if they end with a number. When a number is used to indicate a page number, a date, an address, or a bus route number, then it is invariable. This means that it does not change!

A Look Back at the 1990 Report

It is from the 1990 report on spelling corrections that new rules have been applied concerning hyphens for French numbers. Compound numbers should be written with hyphens between each element.

What about Grammatical Agreements?

As previously stated, French numbers are generally invariant except for vingt (20) and cent (100). Let us specify that numbers are invariable in gender. One exception is when used as a determiner, where the masculine or feminine gender must be specified. For example, we have “un vélo”, “une voiture”.

Two Exceptions for Cardinal Adjectives

Reminder: the cardinal numerical adjectives indicate the number, the quantity like 4, 12. They are invariable except for un which becomes une (feminine form), and vingt (20) and cent (100) which sometimes take an s.

The only grammatical rule that varies twenty (vingt) is only in the writing of eighty (quatre-vingts). It is the same when it is not followed by another cardinal adjective. The number one hundred also varies only once followed by another cardinal adjective.

General Rule for Ordinal Adjectives

Reminder: The ordinal adjective indicates a specific rank. For example, c’est le quatrième musicien de la soirée (= he is the fourth musician of the evening). We simply add the suffix -ième to the cardinal numeral determiner:

NumbersOrdinal Adjectives
Un / OneUnième / First
Deux / TwoDeuxième / Second
Trois / ThreeTroisième / Third
Quatre / FourQuatrième (e removed) / Fourth
Cinq / FiveCinqième / Fifth
Six / SixSixième / Sixth
Sept / SevenSeptième / Seventh
Huit / EightHuitième / Eighth
Neuf / NineNeuvième (the f replaced by a v) / Ninth
Dix / TenDixième / Tenth
And so on…

A general rule for ordinal adjectives is that vingt (twenty) and cent (one hundred) do not vary. That is why we write: la page quatre-vingt ou encore la page trois-cent (page eighty or page three hundred) and not la page quatre-vingtième ou encore la page trois-centième.

Correct use of the Coordinating Conjunction

The coordinating conjunction “et” is used in the lower French compound numbers. It is used to link the ten to the unit un (1) or onze (11). However, it is not used in quatre-vingt-un or quatre-vingt-onze. An interesting and amusing fact is that the conjunction “et” is sometimes found in a literary context. You’ve probably heard someone say, « J’ai mille et une choses à faire. » (= I have a thousand and one things to do).

Quiz about French Numbers

Apply what you’ve learned about French numbers and try to get most of the right answers for the next 10 questions.

How to count to 100 in French ?

Apply what you've learned about French numbers and try to get most of the right answers for the next 10 questions.

Finally, now that you know the different grammatical rules that rule the writing of French numbers, it is certain that you will no longer easily fall into certain traps.

Let’s always remember that to be able to speak a language in a general way, it is imperative to practice by practicing as often as possible.