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Start your practice here and then continue to the source, Laura K. Lawless, our favorite online French teacher.

Simple Greetings

English French Responses English

Hello Bonjour    
Hi Salut    
Good evening Bonsoir    
How are you? Ça va ? Ça va Fine
(formal, plural) Comment ça va ? Ça va bien I'm doing well
  Comment allez-vous ? Ça va mal Not well
    Pas mal Not bad
    Comme ci, comme ça So-so
    Je vais bien I'm fine
       

How are you?      
(familiar, singular) Ça va ? Ça va Fine
  Comment ça va ? Ça va bien I'm doing well
  Comment vas-tu ? Ça va mal Not well
  Ça roule ? Pas mal Not bad
  Ça bouge ? Comme ci, comme ça So-so
    Je vais bien I'm fine
       

What's new? Quoi de neuf ? Rien de nouveau Nothing's new
    Pas grand-chose Not much
       

Good-bye Au revoir    

Bye Salut    

See you soon À bientôt    
  À tout à l'heure    

Until next time À la prochaine    

See you tomorrow À demain     

Good night Bonne nuit    

Farewell Adieu    

French by the numbers: 1, 2, 3...

0
  zéro
20
  vingt
80
  quatre-vingts
1
  un
21
  vingt et un
81
  quatre-vingt-un
2
  deux
22
  vingt-deux
82
  quatre-vingt-deux
3
  trois
23
  vingt-trois
   
4
  quatre
   
90
  quatre-vingt-dix
5
  cinq
30
  trente
91
  quatre-vingt-onze
6
  six
31
  trente et un
   
7
  sept
32
  trente-deux
100
  cent
8
  huit
   
   
9
  neuf
40
  quarante
200
  deux cents
10
  dix
41
  quarante et un
201
  deux cent un
11
  onze
   
   
12
  douze
50
  cinquante
1,000
  mille
13
  treize
   
   
14
  quatorze
60
  soixante
2,000
  deux mille
15
  quinze
   
   
16
  seize
70
  soixante-dix
1,000,000
  un million
17
  dix-sept
71
  soixante et onze
   
18
  dix-huit
72
  soixante-douze
2,000,000
  deux millions
19
  dix-neuf
73
  soixante-treize
   
   
74
  soixante-quatorze
a billion
  un milliard


Notes on numbers from Laura K. Lawless at French.about.com

The French numbers 0 through 19 are easy enough, right?

For 20 through 69, counting is almost just like in English: the tens word (vingt, trente, quarante, etc.) followed by the ones word (un, deux, trois). The only difference is that for 21, 31, etc., the word et is introduced between the tens word and one: vingt-et-un, trente-et-un, quarante-et-un, etc.

70 to 79 is trickier. In French, 70 is soixante-dix, literally "sixty-ten." 71 is soixante et onze (sixty and eleven), 72 is soixante-douze (sixty-twelve), and so on, up to 79.
80 is quatre-vingts, literally four-twenties (think "four-score"). 81 is quatre-vingt-un (four-twenty-one), 82 is quatre-vingt-deux (four-twenty-two), and so on, all the way up to ninety. 90 is quatre-vingt-dix (four-twenty-ten), 91 is quatre-vingt-onze (four-twenty-eleven), etc.

100 to 999 work just like in English, except that when you have cent at the end of the number, it takes an s, but when cent is followed by another number, the s is dropped. Also, note that you cannot pause after the word cent.

  • 200 = deux cents
  • 500 = cinq cents
  • 350 = trois cent cinquante
  • 872 = huit cent soixante-douze

1,000+ are similar to English, except that the separator is a period or space, rather than a comma. When reciting a number, you can pause to take a breath at the separator (after mille, million, or milliard). Note that mille never takes an s.

  • 5.000 or 5 000 = cinq mille
  • 2.500 or 2 500 = deux mille cinq cents
  • 10.498 or 10 498 = dix mille quatre cent quatre-vingt-dix-huit
  • 2.700.102 or 2 750 102 = deux millions sept cent mille cent deux

Pronunciation note:
The numbers cinq, six, huit, and dix drop the final sound when followed by a word beginning with a consonant (cent, mille, million, milliard, francs). For example, 8 is normally pronounced [weet], but 800 is pronounced [wee sa(n)].

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