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French Vocabulary

French Numbers Drills 0 to 19 (with Audio Exercises)

Camille Chevalier-Karfis By Camille Chevalier-Karfis on March 6, 2019

Let’s start with the weird ones. With these numbers, there is no choice but memorizing them since you cannot apply any logic to them.

Before you start this lesson, I strongly suggest you first read my lesson about how to best learn French numbers.

Make sure you listen to the audio to memorize these numbers and their correct pronunciation!

1 – French Numbers

  1. The number for ‘zero’ is “zéro” – watch out, “zé”, not “zi”!
  2. “Un chiffre” is a digit, “un nombre” is a number.

Don’t forget to put the noun that follows in the plural if you have more than one:

  1. Une fille (singular so no s)
  2. Sept filles (plural therefore with a silent s)

2 – French Digits One To Nine, and French Numbers Ten to Nineteen

First work with the audio without looking at the way these numbers are written.

You need to first memorize the pronunciation, so the letters don’t fool you into a wrong pronunciation.

1 Un or Une (if feminine)

11 Onze

2 Deux

12 Douze

3 Trois

13 Treize

4 Quatre

14 Quatorze

5 Cinq

15 Quinze

6 Six

16 Seize

7 Sept

17 Dix-sept

8 Huit

18 Dix- huit

9 Neuf

19 Dix-neuf

10 Dix

3 – Cinq, Six, Huit and Dix

L1 + L2

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When pronouncing these four digits, you usually drop their final consonant in front of a word starting with a consonant (but not always…)

  • Cinq minutes => sin minut
  • Six minutes => si minut
  • Huit minutes => ui minut
  • Dix minutes => di minut

4 – 1 to 19 Are the Most Important French Numbers!

“Un” to “dix-neuf ” are weird numbers. You really need to know them inside out if you want to eventually understand and handle large numbers.

In my experience, students have problems with large numbers not because of the “big” part (100.000) but because of the smaller “last” part that they don’t understand fast enough – believe it or not, usually the numbers 1 to 19 are the culprits!

5 – French Number Audio Exercises

To learn numbers efficiently, always learn them out of order. (Just like the verbs… When you learn in order, your brain prioritizes the info: first most important, last: less important.)

You have several ways of doing these exercises:

  1. Repeat after me.
  2. Read the digit/number out loud BEFORE I say it – check your pronunciation with mine.
  3. Use the audio as a dictation to write down the digit/number (write in digits when it’s fast. When it’s slow enough, you may have time to write in letters. Pause if you need to catch up.)

A – French Numbers Series number one – slow recording

1, 4, 6, 3, 7, 9, 0, 2, 4, 5, 1, 7, 9, 10, 7, 5, 6, 2, 3, 0, 1, 4, 9, 2, 6, 2, 10, 9, 4, 5, 10, 1, 4, 7, 9.

B – French Numbers Series number two – slow recording

11, 14, 16, 13, 17, 19, 12, 14, 15, 11, 17, 19, 17, 15, 16, 12, 13, 11, 14, 17, 12, 16, 12, 19, 14, 15, 11.

C – French Numbers Series three – Let’s mix them up – slow recording

14, 12, 1, 3, 4, 0, 7, 18, 4, 14, 2, 19, 17, 16, 3, 6, 16, 19, 2, 5, 3, 15, 5, 8, 3, 18, 9, 16, 12, 16, 6, 13, 12, 2, 0, 1, 17.

D – French Numbers Series four – Let’s mix them up – fast recording

1, 6, 8, 3, 9, 17, 3, 19, 12, 3, 2, 1, 9, 10, 0, 14, 18, 3, 5, 7, 18, 13, 12, 18, 11, 10, 16, 13, 19, 3, 5, 15, 13, 17, 13, 12.

E – Series five – Let’s mix them up – faster recording

14, 18, 3, 5, 19, 17, 16, 3, 6, 16, 15, 11, 17, 19, 17, 15, 12, 1, 3, 4, 0, 7,,2, 18, 11, 10, 16, 9, 12, 14, 15, 1, 0, 17, 15, 12.

6 – More Audio Lessons About French Numbers

  1. How To Best Learn French Numbers (with Audio Exercises)
  2. Learn French Numbers 0 to 19 (with Audio Exercises)
  3. Learn French Numbers 20 to 59 (with Audio Exercises)
  4. Learn French Numbers 60 to 99 (with Audio Exercises)
  5. Learn French Numbers Above 100 (with Audio Exercises)
  6. Learn Large French Numbers Mille, Million, Milliard… (with Audio Exercises)
  7. How to tell the time in French – (with audio)

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