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French Language Lessons: Counting to 20

Steve Cohen

When you travel in France, it is often handy to be able to say and recognize spoken numbers in French. You may need to say how many of you there are for a table in a restaurant, how many apples you want from the fruit vendor or what room number you are in at a hotel. You may wish to understand the amount you are asked to pay in a shop, how many meters you are told to walk to reach a certain landmark, which platform your train is leaving from and at what time.

To develop your French numbers skill, follow the counting lessons in order. Each lesson builds on the previous ones, so make sure you are confident with each lesson before continuing on to the next. First, use the following lists to master the numbers from 1 to 20. Subsequent lessons (see the navigation bar to the right) expand your knowledge up to 100, to 1,000, to 100,000 and beyond! You can listen to the lesson.

Notes on Pronunciation

French words tend to be accented lightly on the last syllable or the last syllable of a group of words. In rare instances for emphasis or where this is not the case, an accented syllable will be indicated by ALL CAPS. Liaisons are indicated by red, italicized initial consonants (e.g. "Puis-je vous aider?" pronounced as "pwee-zhuh voo zeh-day"). See Guide to Transliteration for more information.

Numbers from 1 to 10

ENGLISH FRENCH SAY IT LIKE THIS

1

un (m), une (f)*

u, ewn

2

deux

duh

3

trois

twah

4

quatre

kahtr

5

cinq

sak

6

six

sees

7

sept

seht

8

huit

weet

9

neuf

nuhf

10

dix

dees

*One is the only number that has both a masculine and feminine form.

Numbers from 11 to 20

ENGLISH FRENCH SAY IT LIKE THIS

11

onze

ohz

12

douze

dooz

13

treize

trehz

14

quatorze

kah-TOHRZ

15

quinze

kaz

16

seize

sehz

17

dix-sept

dee-SEHT

18

dix-huit

dee-ZWEET

19

dix-neuf

dee-ZNUHF

20

vingt

va

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