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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 Norway Denmark Sweden

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SysGhost

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6 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.



Ice0tea

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1 month 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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2 months ago #9431682        
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Norway's like: error 404, brain not found.



2 months ago #9427550        
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Dutch do the same thing...

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4 months ago #9412128        
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As the logic behind it is perfectly sound, i see no reason for the confusion :)
52 is actually "to og halvtredssinstyve", or 2 and half tree times 20. Half tree is obviously :) 2 and a half, so it becomes 2 + (2.5 x 20) = 52. Simple!

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5 months ago #9406701        
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Funny, I had the same reaction as Norway



5 months ago #9405870        
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my chicken brain explodes



5 months ago #9402220        
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FizzBarqs, that actually makes sense, even if it is cumbersome. There are several languages that do the 1 and 20 thing, I don't think it even compares to the Danish way of saying it. Now I'm glad that Danish is the language of the three (Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish) I never tried to learn, lol. I did not know it was so confusing...



5 months ago #9401600        
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I remember a similar way of counting when living in Germany. After "twenty/zwanzig", "twenty one" was "einundzwanzig" (one-and-twenty).



FTKnight

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6 months ago #9399198        
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..... ow, my brain hurts......



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