So, uh, yeah. We have the same number system as everybody else, but we say the numbers a bit funny here in Denmark. Swedes and especially Norwegians love to make fun of that.

In case you’re wondering what numbers Denmark is saying it’s:

10 cows, 34 pigs, 52 chickens, 193 eggs, 261 nuts, which he then changes to 371 nuts.

Not even Danes will recognize these numbers the way I wrote them in English, but I was being an extreme pronunciation nazi and writing them almost exactly like they’re said in Danish.

The thing that really confuse our Northern neighbors is that with a number like 52 we don’t say “fifty two” but “two and fifty” which sounds like “two fifty”. And our word for fifty sounds like “half sixty” and 90 sounds like “half fives” and it just goes on like that.

You are allowed to be confused. And Norway had to put up with that for 300 years.

17th June 2010

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21 days ago #9346007

@JxG

The Dutch are another member in that club. We count almost exactly the same as Germans.

Let me also use 23 as an example.

Three and twenty (just like you)

Drieëntwintig (how we write it, when writing numbers in full)

And we go about three digit numbers the same way, too:

547 is said as five hundred seven and forty

Written as vijfhonderd zevenenveertig

There's one advantage to all this: learning to count in German (and in Danish, apparently) is fairly easy for us Dutchies!

@JxG

The Dutch are another member in that club. We count almost exactly the same as Germans.

Let me also use 23 as an example.

Three and twenty (just like you)

Drieëntwintig (how we write it, when writing numbers in full)

And we go about three digit numbers the same way, too:

547 is said as five hundred seven and forty

Written as vijfhonderd zevenenveertig

There's one advantage to all this: learning to count in German (and in Danish, apparently) is fairly easy for us Dutchies!

1 month ago #9339480

in norway we have dialect that does that but we just say the number backward like two and fifty but ive never seen a person say anything with halvs in it well some do but we avoid it to not make dumb people more confused.

in norway we have dialect that does that but we just say the number backward like two and fifty but ive never seen a person say anything with halvs in it well some do but we avoid it to not make dumb people more confused.

2 months ago #9333039

They partly explain how it works here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4bmZ1gRqCc

They partly explain how it works here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4bmZ1gRqCc

2 months ago #9332156

@JxG

Eh, you get used to the system. It's like currency in Harry Potter: If you love it enough, you'll remember that 17 sickles make a galleon, and 29 knuts make a sickle.

In all fairness, though, I still cannot remember how many feet are in a mile...5000-something...

@JxG

Eh, you get used to the system. It's like currency in Harry Potter: If you love it enough, you'll remember that 17 sickles make a galleon, and 29 knuts make a sickle.

In all fairness, though, I still cannot remember how many feet are in a mile...5000-something...

2 months ago #9331307

@TheDanishDude:

Yup, we use the same system.

For 2 Digit numbers, lets use 23 as a example:

three and twenty

Dreiundzwanzig

Strangely this only applies to 2-digit numbers - in 3 digit numbers the first digit comes first, then the third digit and finally the secound digit (again, just like in Denmark)

i.e.: 547

Fivehundred seven and fourty

Fünfhundert sieben und vierzig

I was really surprised that we aren't the only ones using this silly system. To me its about as nonsensical and counter-intuitive as the imperal measuring system.

@TheDanishDude:

Yup, we use the same system.

For 2 Digit numbers, lets use 23 as a example:

three and twenty

Dreiundzwanzig

Strangely this only applies to 2-digit numbers - in 3 digit numbers the first digit comes first, then the third digit and finally the secound digit (again, just like in Denmark)

i.e.: 547

Fivehundred seven and fourty

Fünfhundert sieben und vierzig

I was really surprised that we aren't the only ones using this silly system. To me its about as nonsensical and counter-intuitive as the imperal measuring system.

2 months ago #9325533

@Andritos As an engineering student, if my math classes had to use a number system like that I would probably have a nervous breakdown, oh wait, I already do, but it would be like 10 times worse

@Andritos As an engineering student, if my math classes had to use a number system like that I would probably have a nervous breakdown, oh wait, I already do, but it would be like 10 times worse

3 months ago #9322364

The Danish number system go by "snes" or "twenties". One "snes" is 20. Three "snes", or "tres", is 60. Four snes or "fjers" is 80 and five snes (fems) is 100. "Halv" or "Half" is a half snes (10). So "halv fems" would be 90, since it's half a snes off fems (100). Whoo, numbers!

The Danish number system go by "snes" or "twenties". One "snes" is 20. Three "snes", or "tres", is 60. Four snes or "fjers" is 80 and five snes (fems) is 100. "Halv" or "Half" is a half snes (10). So "halv fems" would be 90, since it's half a snes off fems (100). Whoo, numbers!

3 months ago #9316934

I'll understand it if he just writes it out. I learn more by looking than hearing.

I'll understand it if he just writes it out. I learn more by looking than hearing.

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