Languages › French How to Talk About Years in French Share Flipboard Email Print Christopher Robbins/Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated February 21, 2020 Saying what year it is or when something happened in French can be a bit tricky because this language has two different words that mean "year." For certain years, there are also two different ways to say the actual numbers. Asking About Years in French To ask what year it is, the year something happened, the year something will happen, or the year something is from, you need the word année. Quelle année est-ce?/Quelle année sommes-nous? (less common) What year is it? C'était en quelle année? What year was that (in)? Cela s'est passé en quelle année? What year did that happen? En quelle année es-tu né?/Quelle est l'année de ta naissance? What year were you born? En quelle année vas-tu déménager?/Tu vas déménager en quelle année? What year are you going to move? De quelle année est le vin?/Le vin est de quelle année? What year is the wine (from)? Saying Years When talking about what year it is, when something happened, or when something will happen, the choice between an and année depends on the type of number you're using. Of course, if the context is obvious, you can leave out the word "year" entirely. With round numbers (those ending in 0), you need l'an C'est l'an 2010. It's 2010. En l'an 900. In the year 900. With all other numbers, use l'année: C'est l'année 2013. It's 2013. En l'année 1999. In 1999. Era specification av. J-CAEC avant Jésus-Christavant l'ère commune BC BCE Before Christ Before the Current/Common Era ap. J-CEC après Jésus-Christère commune, notre ère AD CE Anno Domini Current Era, Common Era Pronouncing Years How to say the year itself depends on the century in question. When talking about years up to and including 1099, or from 2000 and up, the year is stated the same as any other number: 752 sept cent cinquante-deux 1099 mille quatre-vingt-dix-neuf mil quatre-vingt-dix-neuf 2000 deux mille 2013 deux mille treize For years between 1100 and 1999, there are two equally valid options 1) Pronounce it like a regular number. 1999 mille neuf cent quatre-vingt-dix-neuf mil neuf cent quatre-vingt-dix-neuf 1863 mille huit cent soixante-trois mil huit cent soixante-trois 1505 mille cinq cent cinq mil cinq cent cinq 1300 mille trois cents mil trois cents 2) Use the centaines vigésimales (or vicésimales) counting system: break the year into two pairs of two- digit numbers, and place the word cent between the pairs. Traditional spelling 1990 spelling reformation 1999 dix-neuf cent quatre-vingt-dix-neuf dix-neuf-cent-quatre-vingt-dix-neuf 1863 dix-huit cent soixante-trois dix-huit-cent-soixante-trois 1505 quinze cent cinq quinze-cent-cinq 1300 treize cents treize-cents Writing Years In official documents and on monuments, years are often expressed with Roman numerals. Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation ThoughtCo. "How to Talk About Years in French." ThoughtCo, Aug. 28, 2020, thoughtco.com/years-in-french-1368976. ThoughtCo. (2020, August 28). How to Talk About Years in French. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/years-in-french-1368976 ThoughtCo. "How to Talk About Years in French." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/years-in-french-1368976 (accessed April 19, 2021). copy citation Watch Now: How to Count in French Dates in French - 'La Date' The Differences Between Confusing French Pairs The Different Past Tenses in French The French Calendar: Speaking of Days, Weeks, Months and Seasons French Subject Pronouns (Pronoms sujets) How to Conjugate 'Parler' (to Talk) in French The French Expression Voilà Using the French Prepositions 'En' and 'Dans' The French Words for Cause and Effect Typical New Year's Greetings in French Using French Semi-Auxiliary Verbs Talking About Your Period or Asking for a Tampon in French How to Translate "What?" Into French French Expressions with An and Année Telling Time in French Overview of the French Causative "le Causatif"