Would you like to know more about French numbers and counting? Leaning the numbers in French can be challenging because of the variation and the different rules that have to be memorized.
Fortunately, there is a pattern that can be followed with most numbers. Numbers are essential in daily life since they are needed to buy food, tell the time, and the date, pay for the food at a restaurant, and many other things.
This article goes over how to learn counting in French easily.
In French, you have to memorize the numbers 1 to 20; after that, there is a repetitive pattern that can help you to remember how to tell the numbers from 21 to 99.
You have to remember how to say 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, etc., and add one of the numbers from 1 to 9, as needed (see the examples and sections below).
There are specific rules to follow in pronouncing certain numbers. In specific cases, the pronunciation might change depending on the word that follows the numbers, particularly if they start with a vowel or consonant.
The most crucial pronunciation rules concern the numbers six, eight, and ten ("six," "huit," and "dix")
There are three possible outcomes:
As a general rule, if there is a word starting with a consonant following one of these numbers, the last letter of the number is not pronounced.
In this case, six is pronounced "see" without reading the last letter of the number. The same is for ten and eight, which are pronounced:
In case the following word starts with a vowel, then the numbers "six" and "dix" are pronounced with a "z" at the end.
In case six, eight, and ten are the last word in a sentence, here is how you pronounce them:
Here is how to tell the numbers from one to twenty in French:
When counting from 20 to 69, you must use the tens word, for example, twenty, thirty, forty, and fifty (in French), and add the numbers from one to ten after the hyphen.
However, to make the words 21, 31, 41, and 51, you have to use "et" instead of the hyphen.
Here are the numbers from 21 to 29:
Here are the numbers from 30 to 39 in French:
Here are the numbers from 40 to 49:
Here are the numbers from 50 to 59:
Here are the numbers from 60 to 69:
Here are the numbers from 70 to 79:
There is a slight change in the composition of the word; in fact, to say 80, you should literally say " four times twenty" ( quatre-vingts) and add the numbers from one to 9 to make the number you want.
Here are the numbers from 80 to 89.
81 quatre-vingt-un (it’s just vingt-un without the "et")
Similarly to the numbers from 80 to 89, the numbers from 90 to 99 are composed by literally saying " four times twenty plus ten" ( quatre-vingt-dix) or the numbers from 11 to 19 to make the number you need.
Here are the numbers from 90 to 99:
Finally, the word hundred is cent.
Ordinal numbers are used when there is a sequence or an order, such as in which position someone is compared to others.
Here are the French ordinal numbers from one to ten:
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