Numbers in French: From 0 to 1,000,000,000 (billion)

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In this grammar lesson you will learn how to use numbers in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • numbers in French: 0 – 10
  • numbers in French: 11 – 19
  • numbers in French: 20 – 29
  • numbers in French: 30 – 69
  • numbers in French: 70 – 99
  • numbers in French: 100 – 1,000,000,000
  • how to use numbers in French in sentences
  • how you can immediately test your knowledge on numbers in French
  • the way you can download Anki files for numbers in French

Please refer to the French A1 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about how this fits in French A1 grammar.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to use numbers in French.

Table of Contents

Numbers in French: 0 – 10

0zéro
1un
2deux
3trois
4quatre
5cinq
6six
7sept
8huit
9neuf
10dix

These are the most important numbers you have know.

Most of what follows is based on them.

Please take your time and go over them.

Numbers in French: 11-19

11onze
12douze
13treize
14quatorze
15quinze
16seize
17dix-sept
18dix-huit
19dix-neuf

The numbers 11 – 16 are very similar to 1 – 6.

There’s a slight difference and there’s a zzz ending for 11 – 16.

The rest is a lot easier, 17 – 19 are essentialy “ten-seven”, “ten-eight”, and “ten-nine”.

Numbers in French: 20 – 29

20vingt
21vingt et un
22vingt-deux
23vingt-trois
24vingt-quatre
25vingt-cinq
26vingt-six
27vingt-sept
28vingt-huit
29vingt-neuf

At this point things get a lot easier.

The word for 20 (vingt) is new, and 21 (vingt et un) has et between “twenty” and “one”.

All other numbers are simple.

Numbers in French: 30 – 69

30trente
40quarante
50cinquante
60soixante

These numbers you just have to memorise.

They are also very similar to 3 – 6.

Numbers in French: 70 – 99

Starting from 70, things get a bit trickier.

70soixante-dix

In French, 70 is “sixty-ten”.

71soixante et onze
72soixante-douze
73soixante-treize
74soixante-quatorze
75soixante-quinze
76soixante-seize
77soixante-dix-sept
78soixante-dix-huit
79soixante-dix-neuf

Fom 71 – 79 you will essentially say “sixty-eleven”, “sixty-twelve”, “sixty-thirteen” etc.

80quatre-vingts

I bet you thought it wouldn’t get more difficult.

But bear with me, we are almost there.

In French, 80 is “four-twenties”.

81quatre-vingt-un
82quatre-vingt-deux
83quatre-vingt-trois
84quatre-vingt-quatre
85quatre-vingt-cinq
86quatre-vingt-six
87quatre-vingt-sept
88quatre-vingt-huit
89quatre-vingt-neuf

From here on things get a bit more familiar.

Here you say “four-twenties-one”, “four-twenties-two”, “four-twenties-three” etc.

However for 81 the “et” is excluded.

90quatre-vingt-dix
91quatre-vingt-onze
92quatre-vingt-douze
93quatre-vingt-treize
94quatre-vingt-quatorze
95quatre-vingt-quinze
96quatre-vingt-seize
97quatre-vingt-dix-sept
98quatre-vingt-dix-huit
99quatre-vingt-dix-neuf

From 90-99 you will essentially say “four-twenties-ten”, “four-twenties-eleven”, “four-twenties-thirteen” etc.

Numbers in French: 100 – 1,000,000,000

100cent
110cent-dix
200deux cents
250deux cent cinquante
500cinq cents
1,000mille
2,000deux mille
5,000cinq mille
10,000dix mille
100,000cent mille
1,000,000un million
1,000,000,000un milliard

The big numbers are a lot easier.

There is one more important thing that you should know.

When you want to express anything with a thousand, million, or billion you need to use the following idiom:

  • (number) millier/million/milliard de + (plural noun)

J’ai un millier de souhaits.

I have a million wishes.

J’ai deux milliers d’amis sur Facebook.

I have two thousand friends on Facebook.

Je voudrais avoir un million d’euros.

I would like to have one million euros.

Il a sept millions d’euros sur son compte bancaire.

He has seven million euros on his bank account.

Cette île coûte un milliard d’euros.

This island costs one billion euros.

Il y a huit milliards de personnes sur terre.

There are eight billion people on earth.

Example Sentences with Numbers in French

The final section of this lesson on numbers in French is about seeing the them in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on numbers in French through examples.

J’ai six billets.

I have six tickets.

J’ai besoin sept heures de sommeil par nuit.

I need seven hours of sleep per night.

J’ai un millier de souhaits.

I have a million wishes.

J’ai deux milliers d’amis sur Facebook.

I have two thousand friends on Facebook.

Je voudrais avoir un million d’euros.

I would like to have one million euros.

Il a huit ans.

He is eight years old.

Il a sept millions d’euros sur son compte bancaire.

He has seven million euros on his bank account.

Cette île coûte un milliard d’euros.

This island costs one billion euros.

Il y a huit milliards de personnes sur terre.

There are eight billion people on earth.

Test Your Knowledge on Numbers in French

It’s not enough just to read the article on this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and do them.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want.

Anki File for Numbers in French

It is important to do the Anki excercises for this lesson, so that you can remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French A1 you can practice every French A1 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

At this moment the Anki File for this lesson doesn’t exist yet. However, in due time this will be available on Language Atlas.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or don’t know how to use Anki or merge Anki files please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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