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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 Norway Denmark Sweden


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SysGhost

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2 years 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.

1 year ago #9458979        
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Sister France would like to have a word with Denmark.

Ice0tea

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1 year 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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9 months ago #9517802        
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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.

6 months ago #9551919        
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I learned Danish in school (in Iceland) and lived there for almost 3 years. I still can't remember what comes after 40.

1 year ago #9480004        
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@humon You're wrong, we do this in Norway as well.

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1 year 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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2 years ago #9397703        
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I love the expression on Norway's face when *brain broke* xD

29 days ago #9617024        
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...No.

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1 month ago #9613613        
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Well. The Danish system makes sence once you get aquaintet with its original meaning: it's a 20-based system.
We usually say 'one and a half' meaning 1.5
Back in the day we used to say 'half two' meaning 1.5
(We still do that when we talk about what time it is).
100 = 5x20
50 = halvtresens tyve (half three twenty)
60 = tressens tyve (three twenty)
70 = halvfjersens tyve (half four twenty)
80 = firsens tyve (four twenty)
90 = halvfemsens tyve (half five twenty)



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