This video is part of our course beginners 1
In this French video lesson, Anais presents the big numbers in French. From how to form them to how to write them and so much more. You can find this video as well as practice exercises in our free course beginners 1
|1,000,000||Un million||One million|
|1,000,000,000||Un milliard||One billion|
“Cent” means “hundred” and also “one hundred,” we don’t say “un cent,” but from two, we can start adding a number before “cent.” When there are no other numbers after the word “cent,” it takes a silent “s;” every time is it more than one hundred.
Cent One hundred
Deux cents Two hundred
Trois cent trente Three hundred and thirty
“Mille” means “thousand” and also “one thousand,” we don’t say “un mille” but from two, we can start adding a number before “mille.” “Mille” is invariable and can’t take an “s” when it is more than one thousand.
Mille One thousand
Deux mille Two thousands
Trois mille huit cents Three thousand eight hundred
It is absolutely fine to write and say “un million” and “un milliard.” They will take a silent “s” every time it is more than one.
Un million One million
Deux milliards Two billion
In French and English, we count big numbers the same way. The only exception is that in French, we don’t translate “and.”
Mille cinq cent soixante (1,560) One thousand five hundred and sixty
Six cent quatre-vingt (680) Six hundred and eighty
In French, unlike in English, we read years as big numbers.
Deux mille dix-huit (2018) Two thousand and eighteen