Counting is a necessary skill in any language. Recognizing the numbers in French is important for discussing the time, dates, money, and of course making purchases. Let’s start with the basics by learning how to count in French from one to one hundred.

## Introduction to French numbers

The first thing to know about the numbers in French, is that the order of the digits is exactly the same in English and French. It’s just the names for each that are different. Though in fact a couple of the numbers are almost exactly the same, just pronounced a bit differently!

In this post we’ll teach you how to count in French, introducing each of the French numbers from 1-100. We’ll work in tens, showing how the vocab builds on itself. Once you know how to count to 10 in French, for example, you can use these digits to create ever bigger numbers. When writing compound numbers, you just string them all together using dashes.

Now let’s dive in and start counting in French!

## How do I count to ten in French?

0 | zéro | zero |

1 | un | one |

2 | deux | two |

3 | trois | three |

4 | quatre | four |

5 | cinq | five |

6 | six | six |

7 | sept | seven |

8 | huit | eight |

9 | neuf | nine |

10 | dix | ten |

Let’s start off memorizing these ones. Once you can count to ten in French, you’ll be able to use these words for creating all the bigger French numbers. So let’s go: Zéro, un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix.

Note the French word for zero is the same as in English, just with an accent added. You may also have noticed that the number six is written identically in both languages!

## How do I count from 11 to 20 in French?

11 | onze | eleven |

12 | douze | twelve |

13 | treize | thirteen |

14 | quatorze | fourteen |

15 | quinze | fifteen |

16 | seize | sixteen |

17 | dix-sept | seventeen |

18 | dix-huit | eighteen |

19 | dix-neuf | nineteen |

20 | vingt | twenty |

Did you notice that when learning the French numbers from 1-20, all of the words are unique up to 16? With the numbers for 17, 18, and 19, the words are just combinations of the French word for ten, along with the French words for seven, eight, and nine.

## French numbers by tens

Before we get into each of the following sections, let’s introduce the French numbers by tens. Combined with the numbers you just learned for 1-19 in French, with these ones you’ll be able to create all the French numbers 1-100. Don’t worry, we get into the details in the next sections.

10 | dix | ten |

20 | vingt | twenty |

30 | trente | thirty |

40 | quarante | forty |

50 | cinquante | fifty |

60 | soixante | sixty |

70 | soixante-dix | seventy |

80 | quatre-vingts | eighty |

90 | quatre-vingts-dix | ninety |

100 | cent | one hundred |

## French numbers 21-30

If you’ve learned all the French numbers 1-20 you’re in good shape, because you’ll only need to learn four new words to be able to count in French up to the number 70!

For instance, the number **twenty** in French is **vingt**, so to make the number **twenty-five** we just combine the words for twenty and five in French: **vingt-cinq**. There’s just one quirky exception. See if you can notice it:

21 | vingt-et-un | twenty-one |

22 | vingt-deux | twenty-two |

23 | vingt-trois | twenty-three |

24 | vingt-quatre | twenty-four |

25 | vingt-cinq | twenty-five |

26 | vingt-six | twenty-six |

27 | vingt-sept | twenty-seven |

28 | vingt-huit | twenty-eight |

29 | vingt-neuf | twenty-nine |

30 | trente | thirty |

Did you notice the number in the twenties that followed a different pattern from the rest? That’s right: **twenty-one** or **vingt-et-un**, written literally as **twenty and one**. This rule applies to all the numbers up sixty-one that end in one. For example:

- 31:
**trente-et-un**– thirty-one

- 41:
**quarante-et-un**– forty-one.

## So what are the numbers for forty, fifty, and sixty in French?

Learn these numbers and you can count all the way to 69 by combining them with the French numbers 1-9.

- 40:
**quarante**– forty

- 50:
**cinquante**– fifty

- 60:
**soixante**– sixty

Can you figure out how to say these numbers in French?

- 47, 55, 64

Remember, we just combine these French numbers above with one of the numbers from the first section where we learned how to count to ten in French:

- quarante-sept, cinquante-cinq, soixante-quatre

If you would prefer to see all the numbers from 30-69, they are listed in the tables below. Just remember you don’t have to memorize them all in order to count in French, as long as you remember the words for 30, 40, 50, 60, and the numbers 1-9. As we saw in the last section, this same rule applies to French numbers from 20-29.

## How do you say the numbers 31-40 in French?

31 | trente-et-un | thirty-one |

32 | trente-deux | thirty-two |

33 | trente-trois | thirty-three |

34 | trente-quatre | thirty-four |

35 | trente-cinq | thirty-five |

36 | trente-six | thirty-six |

37 | trente-sept | thirty-seven |

38 | trente-huit | thirty-eight |

39 | trente-neuf | thirty-nine |

40 | quarante | forty |

The French number 31, **trente-et-un**, is also written as “thirty and one,” following the same format we saw for the French number 21.

## French numbers 41-50

41 | quarante-et-un | forty-one |

42 | quarante-deux | forty-two |

43 | quarante-trois | forty-three |

44 | quarante-quatre | forty-four |

45 | quarante-cinq | forty-five |

46 | quarante-six | forty-six |

47 | quarante-sept | forty-seven |

48 | quarante-huit | forty-eight |

49 | quarante-neuf | forty-nine |

50 | cinquante | fifty |

As you can see, counting in French becomes quite repetitive, since the numbers in French all follow the same format so far.

## Do the French numbers 51-60 follow the same format?

They sure do! Simply switch the French word for fifty in place of forty to say the next set of numbers.

51 | cinquante-et-un | fifty-one |

52 | cinquante-deux | fifty-two |

53 | cinquante-trois | fifty-three |

54 | cinquante-quatre | fifty-four |

55 | cinquante-cinq | fifty-five |

56 | cinquante-six | fifty-six |

57 | cinquante-sept | fifty-seven |

58 | cinquante-huit | fifty-eight |

59 | cinquante-neuf | fifty-nine |

60 | soixante | sixty |

## How about the French numbers 61-70?

Counting in French stays the same through the numbers in the sixties. However, when we get to seventy, the names we use for the number become a little tricky. Note the number seventy in the table.

61 | soixante-et-un | sixty-one |

62 | soixante-deux | sixty-two |

63 | soixante-trois | sixty-three |

64 | soixante-quatre | sixty-four |

65 | soixante-cinq | sixty-five |

66 | soixante-six | sixty-six |

67 | soixante-sept | sixty-seven |

68 | soixante-huit | sixty-eight |

69 | soixante-neuf | sixty-nine |

70 | soixante-dix | seventy |

## How are the French numbers 71-80 written?

The number for seventy is written in French as “sixty-ten.” In a way this is convenient, since you don’t need to learn a new number word for seventy. On the other hand, it does complicate the way we say the French numbers in the seventies. But don’t worry, you already learned everything you need to do this when you learned the French numbers 11-20.

We’ll just be combining those numbers with **soixante** to say the numbers in the seventies. These compound numbers start to get a bit more complicated as of 77, since 17-19 are already compound numbers in French!

- 71:
**Soixante-onze**is literally written as “sixty-eleven,” but it’s best to think of it in number terms as 71 if you still do your thinking in English.

- 77:
**Soixante-dix-sept**is written as “sixty-ten-seven.”

71 | soixante-onze | seventy-one |

72 | soixante-douze | seventy-two |

73 | soixante-treize | seventy-three |

74 | soixante-quatorze | seventy-four |

75 | soixante-quinze | seventy-five |

76 | soixante-seize | seventy-six |

77 | soixante-dix-sept | seventy-seven |

78 | soixante-dix-huit | seventy-eight |

79 | soixante-dix-neuf | seventy-nine |

80 | quatre-vingts | eighty |

## How are the French numbers 81-90 written?

Did you notice that the word for eighty in French is also a combination of two other French number words: four-twenties. Of course, if you do the math, twenty times four equals eighty.

As of eighty, we revert back to our usual pattern of adding the numbers 1-9 to say the French numbers in the eighties.

81 | quatre-vingt-un | eighty-one |

82 | quatre-vingt-deux | eighty-two |

83 | quatre-vingt-trois | eighty-three |

84 | quatre-vingt-quatre | eighty-four |

85 | quatre-vingt-cinq | eighty-five |

86 | quatre-vingt-six | eighty-six |

87 | quatre-vingt-sept | eighty-seven |

88 | quatre-vingt-huit | eighty-eight |

89 | quatre-vingt-neuf | eighty-nine |

90 | quatre-vingts-dix | ninety |

Notice that even though the number 80 is written in plural as **quatre-vingts**, the letter **s **is no longer added for numbers 81-90.

## Are the numbers 91-100 really complicated?

Since the French number for ninety, **quatre-vingt-dix**, is once again written as “eighty-ten,” the numbers 91-100 will be similar to numbers 71-80: we just add the numbers 11-19 to the French word for eighty: **quatre-vingt**.

- 91:
**quatre-vingt-onze**is written as “eighty-eleven,” or if we also literally break down eighty, as “four-twenty-eleven.” - 99:
**quatre-vingt-dix-neuf**can be broken down into “eighty-nineteen”, or even literally as “four-twenty-ten-nine.”

These French numbers aren’t that complicated when you understand how they are made up. Nonetheless, they still may seem a bit long to English speakers, especially the double-compound numbers 97-99. Luckily, the number for a hundred is an easy one!

91 | quatre-vingt-onze | ninety-one |

92 | quatre-vingt-douze | ninety-two |

93 | quatre-vingt-treize | ninety-three |

94 | quatre-vingt-quatorze | ninety-four |

95 | quatre-vingt-quinze | ninety-five |

96 | quatre-vingt-seize | ninety-six |

97 | quatre-vingt-dix-sept | ninety-seven |

98 | quatre-vingt-dix-huit | ninety-eight |

99 | quatre-vingt-dix-neuf | ninety-nine |

100 | cent | a hundred, one hundred |

## French numbers around the world

Is what we’ve just seen all you need to know about how to count to 100 in French? Yes it is, if you are speaking French in France, in one of France’s overseas territories, one of France’s former colonies in West Africa, or even in Canada.

The French-speaking world, or la Francophonie, is quite vast though. Two Francophone countries in Europe, Belgium and Switzerland, actually have their own number words for 70, 80, and 90. The Democratic Republic of Congo in Central Africa also uses these French numbers.

- 70:
**septante**– seventy

- 80:
**huitante**– eighty

- 90:
**nonante**– ninety

These numbers in French function the same way as we saw for the numbers 20-60: you just need to add one of the numbers 1-9.

- 78:
**septante-huit**

- 97:
**nonante-sept**

So if you’re paying for your café in Belgium for €1,90, it may be slightly confusing when you’re charged “un Euro nonante” instead of “un Euro quatre-vingts-dix.” But don’t worry, you’ll still get the correct change!

## Conclusion

In this post we’ve given a thorough explanation on how to count in French, introducing all the French numbers 1-100. In fact, since we started with zéro, you should now be comfortable with over one hundred numbers in French!

We started off learning to count to ten in French, and then moved up by tens. We saw that up to sixteen the French numbers are all single words, but from there the majority of the numbers in French are formed as compound numbers. We saw that the tens from 20 to 60 are also single words, whereas 70, 80, and 90 are again compound numbers!

Fortunately the French numbers 1-100 all follow a straightforward pattern from these basics, so with a bit of practice you’ll soon confidently know how to count in French. Bravo!