Why do French count that way?

Why do French only count to 60?

The reintroduction of a vigesimal system of counting by increments of 20 (e.g. soixante-dix “70” lit. “sixty-ten”; quatre-vingts “80” lit. “four-twenties”; quatre-vingt-dix “90” lit. “four-twenty-ten”) is due to North Germanic influence, first appearing in Normandy, in northern France.

Why is French called 70?

In French as spoken in France and Canada, the numbers 70 and 90 are strangely formed: 70 is soixante-dix (sixty and ten) 80 is quatre-vingts (four times twenty)

Why is there no word for 80 in French?

French Numbers: 80-89

Likewise, there’s no word for “eighty” in standard French. * The French say quatre-vingts, literally four-twenties. ** So 81 is quatre-vingt-un (four-twenty-one), 82 is quatre-vingt-deux (four-twenty-two), etc.

How do you say 99 in French?

The French translation for “99 (ninety-nine)” is quatre-vingt-dix-neuf. The French, quatre-vingt-dix-neuf, can be broken down into 2 parts:”80 (eighty)” (quatre-vingts) and “19 (nineteen)” (dix-neuf).

How do you say twenty in French?

17 = 10 + 7, dix-sept. 18 = 10 + 8, dix-huit. 19 = 10 + 9, dix-neuf.

Numbers in French: 1-20.

Number In French Pronunciation
17 dix-sept dees set (equal emphasis)
18 dix-huit dees wheet (equal emphasis)
19 dix-neuf dees nuhf (equal emphasis)
20 vingt van

How do you say 72 in French?

The Number 72 in French

72 est le soixante-douzième nombre.

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How old is French?

To ask someone’s age, you would say: Quel âge avez-vous ? How old are you, using vous. Tu as quel âge ?

How do you count French from Canada?

Digits and numbers from zero to sixteen are specific words, namely zéro [0], un (une in its feminine form) [1], deux [2], trois [3], quatre [4], cinq [5], six [6], sept [7], huit [8], neuf [9], dix [10], onze [11], douze [12], treize [13], quatorze [14], quinze [15], seize [16].