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Simply French for Beginners - numbers practise with playing cards

In our 13th June 2018 session we used ordinary playing cards to practise our knowledge of numbers.

Rules:

  1. we ignored the suits for this game, only using the numbers;
  2. the dealer places one card on the table for a player, they have to say the number in  French e.g. 5 = cinq);
  3. They are then dealt a second card and they have to say this one in French and then add it to the first (e.g. 4 = quatre, so 4 et 5, c'est 9);
  4. Then they have to view the cards as "tens" and "units", so in the above, cards 4 and 5 together reads as 45, so they have to say 45 in French;
  5. Finally they are dealt a third card and they have to read this as hundreds, tens and units, so if card 7 was placed alongside 4 and 5, it reads as 745, and the player has to say 745 in French. We even added thousands by adding a 4th card...
  6. Then you move to the next player and repeat.
  7. to make the maths easier the picture cards dropped their "tens" value to only their "units" value - therefore: Jack which normally is 11, drops the ten and becomes 1; queen is normally 12 so drops the ten and becomes 2; King is normally 13 becomes 3, Ace becomes 1.

 

Some general French vocabulary for playing cards.

 Picture card names:

  • Le valet = the jack
  • La dame = the queen
  • Le roi = the king
  • L’as = the ace (pronounced “ass”)

  Suits:

  • Diamonds = Carreau
  • Clubs = Trèfle
  • Spades = Pique
  • Hearts = Cœur
  • So, Le deux de carreau = the 2 of diamonds
  • Le six de pique = the 6 of spades
  • Le roi de trèfle = the king of clubs
  • La dame de cœur = the queen of hearts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simply French for Beginners - Numbers

Numbers

1 = Un

2 = deux

3 = trois

4 = quattre

5 = cinq

6 = six

7 = sept

8 = huit

9 = neuf

10 = dix

For 11-16 a rogue "z" gets into the word

Then we get closer to the English way of "seven-teen", "eight-teen", etc. But turned around the other way...”ten-seven”, “ten-eight”, “ten-nine”.

11 = onze

12 = douze

13 = treize

14 = quattorze

15 = quinze

16 = seize

17 = dix-sept

18 = dix-huit

19 = dix-neuf

20 = Vingt (pronounced “vangt”)

 

21 = Vingt et un

22 = Vingt deux

23 = Vingt trois

24 = Vingt quattre

25 = Vingt cinq

26 = Vingt six

27 = Vingt sept

28 = Vingt huit

29 = Vingt neuf

30 = Trente (pronounced “tront-uh”)

Quarante = 40,  Cinquante = 50,  Soixante = 60.

Then it goes haywire !

Soixante-dix = 70 (sixty-ten), quatre-vingts = 80 (4 twentys), quatre-vingts dix = 90 (four twentys-ten),

cent = 100.

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