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This lesson is very straightforward, as we're going to cover counting zero through ten. So let's jump right in.
Counting things in French is very straightforward as the number is followed by the thing being counted. For example, "one person" is une personne. The number comes first followed by the thing, in this case, people.
In French, nouns have singular and plural forms. Therefore, if there are two people, you say deux personnes.
Deux personnes
In French, nouns also have gender. In case of the word for people, the gender is feminine, so you say une personne and not un personne. "One" is the only number that changes gender.
Numbers in French tends to be difficult to pronounce for foreigners, yet they will be very useful for your trip. So I would like to address a few of these numbers which are difficult.
“Two,” or deux, is pronounced the same as the word for “of,” which is de.
“Four,” or quatre, has a very tricky /r/ at the end. To make it easier, you can get away with saying quatre, like “cat” in English, the animal.
“Five,” or cinq, is another tricky sound, the nasal /n/ unique to French. It would be good to get used to making the sound, as many words use it. It is not sans, which is the mispronunciation of many travelers and means “nothing” in French.
Lastly, “eight,” or huit, is tricky because it is actually two syllables said very quickly - hu and it, huit.


Okay, to close out this lesson, we'd like you to practice what you've just learned. I'll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you're responsible for shouting it aloud. You have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so bonne chance, that means “good luck” in French. Ok, here we go!
"one person" - une personne
une personne
une personne
“two people” - deux personnes
deux personnes
deux personnes
This is the end of today’s lesson. See you soon! À bientôt!