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Just a Number

Just a Number


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 Sweden Denmark Norway

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726 Comments:
 
Zeust

576 M
20 days ago #9370671        

@ADutchmanAml I am Dutch too and learning Danish but I still find Danish numbers illogical and hard to learn. Multiples of ten don't have names that make sense. I believe there are like two with the word half in their name? Maybe even three. And basically it's just a mess.
I need more repetition to learn this stuff I guess.



Syndus

17 F
24 days ago #9368747        

This is why I hate shopping in Denmark...



26 days ago #9368039        

@koshee it looks like a derp



AlephFIN

37 M
1 month ago #9362768        

@WicketNorseKitty So, technically: "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!" :D


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Rasyid

21 M
1 month ago #9361870        

I think I get the point



1 month ago #9361666        

And I thought Roman numerals were confusing.



Koshee

26 M
2 months ago #9359580        

@onyxmind Its almost like a derp.



3 months ago #9348964        

norways brain-broke face should be an icon.



3 months 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! :D



4 months 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.



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