Brush up on your French

Brush up on your French

Start your practice here and then continue to the source.

Simple Greetings

Good eveningBonsoir
How are you?Ça va ?Ça va Fine
(formal, plural)Comment ça va ?Ça va bienI'm doing well
Comment allez-vous ?Ça va mal Not well
Pas malNot bad
Comme ci, comme çaSo-so
Je vais bienI'm fine
How are you?
(familiar, singular)Ça va ?Ça vaFine
Comment ça va ?Ça va bienI'm doing well
Comment vas-tu ?Ça va malNot well
Ça roule ?Pas malNot bad
Ça bouge ?Comme ci, comme çaSo-so
Je vais bienI'm fine
What's new?Quoi de neuf ?Rien de nouveau Nothing's new
Pas grand-choseNot much
Good-byeAu revoir
See you soon À bientôt
À tout à l'heure
Until next time À la prochaine
See you tomorrowÀ demain
Good nightBonne nuit

French by the numbers: 1, 2, 3…

0 zéro20 vingt80 quatre-vingts
1 un21 vingt et un81 quatre-vingt-un
2 deux22 vingt-deux82 quatre-vingt-deux
3 trois23 vingt-trois
4 quatre90 quatre-vingt-dix
5 cinq30 trente91 quatre-vingt-onze
6 six31 trente et un
7 sept32 trente-deux100 cent
8 huit
9 neuf40 quarante200 deux cents
10 dix41 quarante et un201 deux cent un
11 onze
12 douze50 cinquante1,000 mille
13 treize
14 quatorze60 soixante2,000 deux mille
15 quinze
16 seize
70 soixante-dix1,000,000 un million
17 dix-sept71 soixante et onze2,000,000 deux millions
18 dix-huit72 soixante-douze
19 dix-neuf 73 soixante-treize
74 soixante-quatorzea billion un milliard

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)].