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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2 months ago #9517802

The Danish system is only a little weird once you get to 50. Before 50 it's just like the German counting system. After 50, the numbers are said like an equation only abbreviated keeping in mind there is always a multiplication of 20. for example 56 is seksoghalvtreds which = 6+((3 - 0.5)x 20)=56. Halvtreds in this case is implying 3 minus 1/2 of one (or 0.5). Another example 87. Syvogfirs = 7+(4X20) =87. Notice there is no halvs because 80 is evenly divisible by 20. Nioghalvfems is 99. 9+((5 - 0.5) x 20) = 99 And so on and so on.

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The Danish system is only a little weird once you get to 50. Before 50 it's just like the German counting system. After 50, the numbers are said like an equation only abbreviated keeping in mind there is always a multiplication of 20. for example 56 is seksoghalvtreds which = 6+((3 - 0.5)x 20)=56. Halvtreds in this case is implying 3 minus 1/2 of one (or 0.5). Another example 87. Syvogfirs = 7+(4X20) =87. Notice there is no halvs because 80 is evenly divisible by 20. Nioghalvfems is 99. 9+((5 - 0.5) x 20) = 99 And so on and so on.

10 months ago #9438337

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

8 months ago #9465722

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"

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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"

3 months ago #9507701

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

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

3 months ago #9507329

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

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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

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32MAfter 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.