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Bonjour les Francophiles !
When I talk to French students about what they have the most trouble with, at least half of them mention numbers.
To be fair, when it comes to listening comprehension, this is probably true when learning just about any language, because native speakers always seem to rattle off their numbers very quickly. Plus, when you’re not expecting something like a phone number - or even if you are - it can be hard to understand a long series of numbers, much less remember them or have time to jot them down.
But French adds up to an extra bit of funny business when it comes to the numbers 70 to 99, because of the way they’re named in French.
It’s more than just vocabulary: it’s math. 🧮
So if you find yourself writing things like 4-20-17 and then realizing, oops, that’s 97, this audio-packed issue of Lawless French à fond is for you.
Numbers and Counting
OK, so let’s start with the basics. These lessons explain the particularities of counting in French and include sound files for individual numbers.
Random Number Practice
Once you know all the numbers, it’s time to move on to developing your comprehension skills. In these exercises, you can listen to a series of random numbers and write or type them, then check the answer key.
So much for numbers in isolation. Now see how well you understand numbers that actually mean something in these random number exercises.
Audio and Video
These videos and audio articles have lots of numbers to help you improve your French number comprehension in context.
Jours fériés (B1)
Le Louvre (B2)
Un mauvais numéro (A2)
These are three of the six CEFR language proficiency levels.
Practice spelling out numbers with these fill-in-the-blanks exercises.
Juste pour rigoler
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