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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:

16th June 2010

16 hours ago #9316934        

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

11 days ago #9311003        

i think it is not soooo hard... 25 = "femogtyve" = "fem og tyve" = "five and twenty" - same layout as Germany: "fünfundzwanzig" = "fünf und zwanzig" = "five and twenty".

and you can think of 50 as "halfway between 40 and 60" or "halfway to 60" - fyrre (40) halvtreds (50) tres (60).



22 M
22 days ago #9305137        

Yup, they do!

And it's actually pretty obvious what numbers Denmark is saying, even though it's weird in English :D

25 days ago #9302425        

I love Norway's "brain-broke" face

28 days ago #9300498        

it just hit me. dosent germany use the same number system

1 month ago #9297568        

and i thought US was crazy by using imperial...


20 M
2 months ago #9288891        



Just to clarify

2 months ago #9288355        


2 months ago #9288353        

@WicketNorseKitty lolz

2 months ago #9282896        

Don't mind the french.
10: Dix
20: Vingt
30: Troisante
40: Quatrante
50: Cinqante
60: Soixante

All fine, BUT:
70: Soixante dix (Sixty Ten)
80: Quatre-Vingt (Four-Twenty)
90: Quatre-Vingt Dix (Four-twenty ten)

And to end this:
999: Neuf cent quatre-vingt dix-neuf (Nine hundret Four-Twenty ten-nine)

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