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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. :XD:


17th June 2010

Tagged in Denmark Norway Sweden


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SysGhost

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12 months ago #9397253        
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After trying to understand the danish numeral system, my three brain cells ended up with two hating each other and refuse to work, and the third got locked up in an insane asylum.



5 months ago #9458979        
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Sister France would like to have a word with Denmark.



Ice0tea

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7 months ago #9438337        
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In finnish it would go like: 99 is nine tens nine, 79 seven tens nine, 32 three tens two, same in Mandarin and Japanese

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5 months ago #9465722        
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See I counted like thatto my english friend and he was like 17 plus 17 does not equal 430 and i'm like no 4-30 and wrote it out. The look on his face was pricelessitjust said "get away from me you weird creature"



ben3b

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12 months ago #9397703        
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I love the expression on Norway's face when *brain broke* xD



4 days ago #9507701        
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Sweden shouldn't be throwing stones, not if he insists of spelling "6" the way he does.



5 days ago #9507329        
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I realized some time ago that Germany actually has the sort of same way of pronouncing the numbers as we do in Denmark!
Like, "52" Danish = tooghalvtreds (two and half threes/two and half sixty) German = zweiundfünfzig (two and fifty)
Germany say the ones first like Denmark does, though not anything like "half threes"(50), "half fours"(70) and "half fives"(90) XD



8 days ago #9506460        
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i do not know if it is said before, but in dutch we almost do it the same, and i think in german too.



21 days ago #9501866        
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I'm danish and it took me a while to understand what was going on xD



25 days ago #9500145        
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I am so confused. Well that's what we do here too in informal situations. 'Three hundred and thirty two' becomes 'Three three two'. We also call 100 'cepek', 50 'gopek' and a lot of 'ek(s)'. The Chinese did influence us in quite a lot of things...



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