# Counting from 0 to 100 in French

Numbers are one of the first vocabulary topics that beginning French speakers learn... and one of the vocabulary issues that make the distinction between beginner and intermediate speakers clear. Many students still struggle to put numbers together after mastering many other vocabulary topics. Maybe it's just too much to do math in a different language! Study hard now so that you can learn the numbers early!

 0  zéro 10  dix 20  vingt 30  trente 40  quarante 1  un 11  onze 21  vingt et un 31  trente et un 50  cinquante 2  deux 12  douze 22  vingt-deux 32  trente-deux 60  soixante 3  trois 13  treize 23  vingt-trois 33  trente-trois 70  soixante-dix 4  quatre 14  quatorze 24  vingt-quatre ... 80  quatre-vingt 5  cinq 15  quinze 25  vingt-cinq ... 90  quatre-vingt-dix 6  six 16  seize 26  vingt-six ... 100  cent 7  sept 17  dix-sept 27  vingt-sept 8  huit 18  dix-huit 28  vingt-huit 9  neuf 19  dix-neuf 29  vingt-neuf

From 0 to 16, there is no pattern - you just have to memorize. You also have to memorize the "tens" numbers. Luckily, from 17 to 69, there is a pattern: take the "tens", add a dash (-), add the "ones.". There is a dash between each number from 17 to 99.

Exception:
The numbers 21, 31, 41, 51, 61, 71 have the link-word "et" instead of a dash.

From 70 to 79, the pattern changes: take the sixth ten, add a dash (-), add the first ten (10-19).

Notice:
This three "strange" patterns are used in France and Quebec. In Belgium (and countries colonized by Belgium) and Switzerland they are still using an old pattern, except for 80 that is also used in Suisse romande (French region of the Switzerland):
70 septante
80 huitante/octante
90 nonante
Note:
These numbers are called the cardinal numbers, to distinguish them from ordinal numbers. (e.g.,"first," premier, "ninth," neuvième)

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