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Virginie: Bonjour!
Eric: Eric here! Basic Bootcamp Season 1, Lesson 5 - Counting from 20-100
Eric: Hello, and welcome to the Basic Bootcamp Season 1 at FrenchPOD101.com, where we study modern French in a fun, educational format!
Virginie: So, brush up on the French that you started learning long ago, or start learning today.
Eric: Thanks for being here with us for this lesson, Virginie. What are we gonna learn in this lesson?
Virginie: In this lesson, you will learn about numbers and counting from 20 to 100 in French.
Eric: Remember, in the last lesson we were looking at one to twenty.
Virginie: Are we still in our wine bottles factory?
Eric: We are, and the production really began to move.
Virginie: Now our character has to count by tens for her inventory.
Eric: Yep, there's gonna be a lot of wine coming out of that factory.
Eric: Ok, so let's listen to the conversation.
Virginie: Vingt, trente, quarante, cinquante, soixante, soixante-dix, quatre-vingt, quatre-vingt-dix, cent!
Eric: One more time, a little bit slowly.
Virginie: Vingt, trente, quarante, cinquante, soixante, soixante-dix, quatre-vingt, quatre-vingt-dix, cent!
Eric: How about in English.
Virginie: Vingt, trente, quarante, cinquante, soixante, soixante-dix, quatre-vingt, quatre-vingt-dix, cent!
Eric: Twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, sixty, seventy, eighty, ninety, hundred!
Eric: Wow, so there are some weird ones in here!
Virginie: Yes, but don't worry. A little math and you will be all set.
Eric: I remember as a French student how funny it was to try to read years out loud. Like 1978, for example.
Virginie: You mean, mille neuf cent soixante-dix-huit?
Eric: Yeah, that's exactly what I meant. That sounds pretty hard.
Virginie: But it's not. Let's get to it and at the end of the lesson, you all will be very comfortable counting to one hundred.
Eric: Great! So let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
Virginie: vingt [natural native speed]
Eric: twenty
Virginie: vingt [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: vingt [natural native speed]
: Next:
Virginie: trente [natural native speed]
Eric: thirty
Virginie: trente [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: trente [natural native speed]
: Next:
Virginie: quarante [natural native speed]
Eric: forty
Virginie: quarante [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: quarante [natural native speed]
: Next:
Virginie: quatre-vingt [natural native speed]
Eric: eighty
Virginie: quatre-vingt [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: quatre-vingt [natural native speed]
Eric: Let's have a closer look at the usage for these words and phrases.
Virginie: The first number is vingt.
Eric: Right, vingt. This is what we went over last lesson. VINGT. Also, note that the T at the end of this word is gonna be silent right now.
Virginie: Yes, and this is an important thing to know because when you will count from twenty-one to twenty-nine, you will have to pronounce that T.
Eric: Right, but when it's just twenty, you don't. You just say vingt.

Lesson focus

Eric: Great, so Virginie, can you take us through twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-four…?
Virginie: So let’s start with twenty-two, we’ll go back to twenty-one later, as it’s a little trickier. So here we go, from twenty-two to twenty-six. Vingt-deux, vingt-trois, vingt-quatre, vingt-cinq, vingt-six.
Eric: And now, let me try one more time myself. Vingt-deux, 22. Vingt-trois, 23. Vingt-quatre, 24. vingt-cinq, 25. Vingt-six, 26.
Virginie: Now, for twenty-one, it’s a little different.
Eric: What we’d be doing is saying twenty and one, it’s gonna be vingt-et-un. Twenty and one.
Virginie: Right, vingt-et-un.
Eric: Vingt-et-un, 21.
Virginie: And this will be the same for 31, 41, etc.
Eric: So now, what if I want to do 33?
Virginie: 33 is trente-trois!
Eric: We’re following the same rule as we did for the twenties.
Virginie: Yes, absolutely, it’s thirty-three. Trente-trois!
Eric: And 31?
Virginie: Ah, remember it's little different, trente-et-un, thirty and one.
Eric: Ok, what about a random number, 57?
Virginie: 57 is cinquante-sept! Fifty-seven, cinquante-sept.
Eric: And 61?
Virginie: 61 is soixante-et-un, sixty and one.
Eric: We’re basically following the same pattern from 20 through 60. And it starts to get tricky when we gets to 70, right?
Virginie: Yes, 70 in French is soixante-dix. Soixante is 60, and dix is 10.
Eric: So we’re doing this sort of math equation at this point, we're doing 60-10, soixante-dix.
Virginie: Right.
Eric: And it should be the same sort of equation when we go to 80, it’s going to be quatre-vingt, four-twenty, quatre-vingt.
Virginie: Because eighty is actually 4 times 20, so it’s quatre-vingt. Four, twenty.
Eric: Forget about these French patterns, I don't know how they came up with these equations and their numbers, but I guess it works.
Virginie: I know, you really need to know math to actually count in French.
Eric: It’s true.
Virginie: The charm of French language lays in its eccentricities.
Eric: So now when we get to the 70, 71, 72, 73, we’re not going to be following the same pattern as we did with the 60’s. What are we gonna say, Virginie?
Virginie: We’re gonna say, soixante-et-onze, soixante-douze, soixante-treize, soixante-quatorze, etc.
Eric: So that’s 71, 72, 73, 74.
Virginie: And we still have to say 80. It was, remember?
Eric: Quatre-vingt.
Virginie: Quatre-vingt.
Eric: And when we go up to 90, it’s gonna follow a similar pattern, It's going to be...
Virginie: Quatre-vingt onze, quatre-vingt douze, quatre-vingt treize, quatre-vingt quatorze, etc.
Eric: So literally, it’s four-twenty-eleven, four-twenty-twelve, four-twenty-thirteen, four-twenty-fourteen. it sounds complicated but it does follow a pattern and you will get it eventually.
Virginie: Alright, absolutely.
Eric: Wow, Virginie, it's pretty amazing how much math you have to know just to count in French.
Virginie: Yes, but it gets easier when you gets to a hundred, it’s cent.
Eric: Cent, ok. It's spelled CENT. Like a cent.
Virginie: Right, cent.
Eric: So whenever a cashier in France will tell you the exact price of your baguette, you’ll how much to give!
Virginie: Yeah, maybe you will have to listen to this lesson a few times.
Eric: Unless if you’re a math genius.


Eric: Great! That just about does it for today.
Virginie: Are you ready to test what you just learned?
Eric: Make this lesson's vocabulary stick by using lesson specific flashcards in the learning center.
Virginie: There is a reason everyone uses flashcards...
Eric: They work...
Virginie: They really do help memorization.
Eric: You can get the flashcards for this lesson at
Virginie: FrenchPod101.com. Thank you all for listening! Have a great day!
Eric: Merci!
Virginie: Au revoir!


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Will have to come back to this one a few times!

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