How to Count to 10 in French

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  • 0:00 Let's Count to 10 in French
  • 1:26 Pronunciation Tips
  • 2:48 A Little Practice
  • 3:38 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Christen Campbell

Christen teaches high school French and has a master's degree in French.

Bienvenue! In this lesson you will begin to learn how to say and use French numbers. We will practice counting from zero to ten, while also working on pronunciation.

Let's Count to 10 in French

Think about how often we use numbers in everyday life. From buying our morning coffee, to checking the weather. Numbers are everywhere. Imagine going to a French bakery in Paris to buy those delicious chocolate croissants. Well, you're going to need to know your numbers when you order five of them.

Learning numbers is an essential part of every language. In French, it's as simple as un, deux, trois.

  • 0. zéro (zeh-ro)
  • 1. un (uh)
  • 2. deux (duh)
  • 3. trois (twah)
  • 4. quatre (kat-ruh)
  • 5. cinq (sank)
  • 6. six (sees)
  • 7. sept (set)
  • 8. huit (weet)
  • 9. neuf (nuhf)
  • 10. dix (dees)

The hardest part of learning French numbers is the pronunciation, so make sure you practice saying them along with me. Zéro, un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix. Très bien! (Very good!)

Pronunciation Tips

You should know that the spelling and pronunciation of the number one can change. Sometimes it's 'un' but sometimes it's 'une.' If used with a feminine noun like pomme (apple), we say une pomme. Une is pronounced 'uhn.' We'll learn more about the gender of nouns in another lesson.

Another helpful pronunciation trick is to remember that we do not pronounce the 'p' when we say sept.

The number 'six' in French is also deceiving because it looks like six in English. A helpful way to remember the pronunciation is that it rhymes with the number ten in French, 'dix.' In French you'll find that the pronunciation does not reflect the spelling as it usually does in English. This can be tricky, but you'll get the hang of it.

Let's take a look at the numbers again.

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