Learn French Numbers Above 100 (with Audio Exercises)

Since larger numbers are going to be grouped in three digits, you need to be comfortable with numbers in the hundreds to be able to understand all French numbers fast.

Before you start with this lesson, you should already have studied:

 

Cent = One Hundred

When talking about “one hundred” in French, we don’t say the “one”, so just “cent”, not “un cent”. However, we do say “deux-cents”, “trois-cents” etc…

Above One Hundred in French

There is no hyphen before the word “cent” (Well, there use to be no hyphen… the rule has changed in 1990 and now both spelling are acceptable – see below).

Make sure you first repeat the numbers out loud before concentrating on the way they are spelled.

  • Cent
  • Deux-cents
  • Trois-cents
  • Quatre-cents
  • Cinq-cents
  • Six-cents
  • Sept-cents
  • Huit-cents
  • Neuf-cents

S or no S After Cent in French?

When “cent” is not followed by any other number, you’ll add an S starting at “deux-cents”.
Trois-cents, cinq-cents…

However, if it is followed by another number, then there is no S.
Trois-cent-quarante-deux.

The S would be silent, but pronounced Z in liaison if followed by a vowel or a mute h.
Huit-cents ans.

Cinq Cents, Six Cents, Huit Cents

Just like I explained in my small French digit lesson, the French digits 5,6,8 and 10 drop their final consonant sound before another consonant. This rule applies to cent

  • Cinq-cents – the q is silent
  • Six-cents – the x is silent
  • Huit -ents – the t is silent

Confusing Cent et Centimes

Watch out. Do not mistake the English word “cent or cents” with the French word “cent”.

  • “Cent” means hundred.
  • “Un centime” means a cent.

Hyphen and French Numbers

The rules has changed in 1990. Used to be that there were hyphens only between some numbers. Now, you may write hyphens between all the digits of one number, although both spellings are still accepted (source http://www.question-orthographe.fr/question/le-trait-dunion-dans-les-nombres)

French Number Exercises

And now it’s time to train. If you have not gone through this French number lessons series in order, please refer to the first lesson, how to master French numbers, for tips on how to best use these audio exercises.

French Numbers Exercises 1 – slow

103, 377, 836, 937, 820, 662, 192, 205, 199, 208, 193, 384, 782, 338, 284, 572, 740, 839, 439, 203, 835, 667, 982, 746, 485, 920, 933, 745, 234, 435, 937, 194.

French Numbers Exercises 2 – fast

783, 279, 248, 292, 197, 908, 385, 685, 115, 930, 385, 395, 997, 142, 653, 823, 972, 879, 295, 673, 456, 293, 837, 345, 657, 969, 987, 386, 904, 848, 264, 491.

French Numbers Exercises 3 – faster

962, 993, 173, 295, 839, 492, 937, 395, 397, 274, 205, 195, 993, 299, 294, 204, 830, 802, 917, 493, 288, 194, 294, 299, 113, 148, 948, 495, 284, 579, 687, 739.

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