French Numbers 1-1000: Learn to Count in Français!

French numbers 1-1000Counting in English is easy once you know one through twenty, and memorize the bigger numbers like hundred, thousand, million, and so on. Counting in another language beyond one through ten can be much tougher, since the system isn’t necessarily the same as it is in English! Sure, the numbers don’t change… they’re always 1, 2, 3, and so on, but the way we pronounce those numbers, or express larger numbers like 17, or 102 is different.

In this guide, we’ll go over French numbers 1-1000 to help you get the hang of the French way of counting. Counting should be one of the first things you learn when studying a new language. For more on French, check out this beginner French language  course, Part 1 and Part 2.

French Numbers 1-100

Learning to count up to 1000 in French relies heavily on the first 100 numbers. Know those, and feel confident with those, and you can count to 1000 and beyond! But let’s start small for now:

  • 0 – Zéro
  • 1 – Un
  • 2 – Deux
  • 3 – Trois
  • 4 – Quatre
  • 5 – Cinq
  • 6 – Six
  • 7 – Sept
  • 8 – Huit
  • 9 – Neuf
  • 10 – Dix

1 through 10… the basics! If you’re feeling rusty on pronunciation, check out this beginner’s French language refresher course for some help.

  • 11 – Onze
  • 12 – Douze
  • 13 – Treize
  • 14 – Quatorze
  • 15 – Quinze
  • 16 – Seize
  • 17 – Dix-sept
  • 18 – Dix-huit
  • 19 – Dix-neuf
  • 20 – Vingt
  • 21 – Vingt et un
  • 22 – Vingt-deux
  • 23 – Vingt-trois
  • 24 – Vingt-quatre
  • 25 – Vingt-cinq
  • 26 – Vingt-six
  • 27 – Vingt-sept
  • 28 – Vingt-huit
  • 29 – Vingt-neuf
  • 30 – Trente
  • 31 – Trente et un
  • 32 – Trente-deux
  • 33 – Trente-trois
  • 34 – Trente-quatre
  • 35 – Trente-cinq
  • 36 – Trente-six
  • 37 – Trente-sept
  • 38 – Trente-huit
  • 39 – Trente-neuf

Seeing a trend here? To spare you a long, long list of more of the same, let’s skip ahead.

  • 60 – Soixante
  • 61 – Soixante et un
  • 62 – Soixante-deux
  • 63 – Soixante-trois
  • 64 – Soixante-quatre
  • 65 – Soixante-cinq
  • 66 – Soixante-six
  • 67 – Soixante-sept
  • 68 – Soixante-huit
  • 69 – Soixante-neuf

More of the same, right? et un, -deux, -trois, -quatre, and so on. But wait!

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

Things start to get weird around the number 70. Soixante means 60, but soixante-dix is 70. Remember what dix means? That’s right. Soixante-dix literally means sixty-ten. Weird, right? The numbers at the end have also changed, from et un, -deux, -trois, etc. to et onze, -douze, -treize, to keep this new counting system consistent. 72, for instance, is now soixante-douze, or sixty-twelve.

Something new happens when we hit 80 and 90 as well:

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

The word for 80, quatre-vingts, means four-twenties.

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

The word for 90, quatre-vingt-dix means four-twenty-ten… because, well, four twenties equals 80, plus ten equals 90. This can sound clunky when you get to a number  like 99, quatre-vingt dix-neuf, which literally means four-twenty-nineteen. But hey, the math doesn’t lie. And finally…

100 – Cent

We did it! So to recount the tens, remember:

  • 10 – Dix
  • 20 – Vingt
  • 30 – Trente
  • 40 – Quarante
  • 50 – Cinquante
  • 60 – Soixante
  • 70 – Soixante-dix
  • 80 – Quatre-vingts
  • 90 – Quatre-vingt-dix
  • 100 – Cent

French Numbers 100-500

If you know how to count from 1 to 100 in French, then you know how to count from 100 to 200, or just below. It’s all the same numbers, but with cent in front.

  • 100 – Cent
  • 101 – Cent un
  • 102 – Cent deux
  • 103 – Cent trois
  • 104 – Cent quatre
  • 105 – Cent cinq
  • 106 – Cent six
  • 107 – Cent sept
  • 108 – Cent huit
  • 109 – Cent neuf
  • 110 – Cent dix
  • 125 – Cent vingt-cinq
  • 150 – Cent cinquante
  • 175 – Cent soixante-quinze

This changes when it gets to 200 and beyond. For 200, deux comes before cents, meaning – of course – two-hundred.

  • 200 – Deux cents
  • 250 – Deux cent cinquante
  • 300 – Trois cent
  • 350 – Trois cent cinquante
  • 450 – Quatre cent cinquante
  • 499 – Quatre cent quatre-vingt dix-neuf

That last one is a mouthful. Finally, we have…

  • 500 – Cinq cent

We’re halfway through counting up (sort of) to 1000 in French. How about a breather? If you’re studying French, why not check out this entry-level French grammar course? If you’re just looking to be conversational, you can always take a basic French language course and learn the essentials.

French Numbers 500-1000

Besides those drawn-out, clunky numbers like quatre cent quatre-vingt dix-neuf, counting in French from 500 to 1000 is pretty smooth sailing. Here’s an overview of what you need to know:

  • 100 – Cent
  • 200 – Deux cent
  • 300 – Trois cent
  • 400 – Quatre cent
  • 500 – Cinq cent
  • 600 – Six cent
  • 700 – Sept cent
  • 800 – Huit cent
  • 900 – Neuf cent

Remember, as long as you know how to count from 1 to 100, and understand the names for 200, 300, 500, and so on, you can apply all the rules to any number and get it right. This is less about memorizing every single number (who does that, in any counting system anyway?) and more about memorizing the key numbers, the pattern that it follows, and constructing the higher numbers as you go.

For instance, once you get to 900, or neuf cent, you get fun numbers like 999, or neuf cent quatre-vingt dix-neuf. Until finally, it all leads into…

  • 1000 – Mille

Congratulations! Following these rules, you can now count to 1000 in French. In fact, you can count far beyond that if you just apply the same rules as before. For more French language lessons, check out this essential French reading grammar course.