@ekaitz_zarraga That’s interesting! I didn’t know that. I enjoy languages, so weird number systems are always fun.

@humanish Maybe the case of the basque was inherited from french? but Basque, as a language is older than any other indoeuropean languages... so... I don't know.

In basque there are numbers from 0 to 10, after that there are some specific weird cases but it's more or less 10+X, after that it's 20+X, but 30+ is like 20+1X, and 40 is 2*20+X and 50 is 2*20+10+X.

So 10 is hamar, 20 is hogei, 30 is hogeita hamar (20+10), 40 is berrogei (2 times 20), and 50 is berrogeita hamar (2 times 20 plus 10).

Counting with 20 is a celtic heritage, so I think both took it from celtic

@marsxyz @humanish but celts were indoeuropeans, and Basque language appeared before of that too.

Who's first, the egg or the chicken? (this is a saying in spain)

@ekaitz_zarraga @humanish @marsxyz Just because a language is older doesn't mean it didn't adapt to the new languages in came into contact with :). So celtic languages influencing basque is definitely possible, why not?

@djabadu @marsxyz @humanish It totally is, in my first message i'm even suggesting that basque took that from french directly.

For example, basque writing was taken from spanish directly, not a a long time ago.

@ekaitz_zarraga ahh, ok, sorry then :D. But yeah, Basque is very interesting, I'd love to learn a bit but the grammar is insane

@djabadu Don't say sorry for that :)

Basque is interesting yeah! very!
I learned it at school so I can speak it quite well but native speakers have very weird dialects and variants that make it a very rich language and it only has like 1M speakers!!

Often I have problems to understand them.

@humanish 😂😂
But it goes on:
French: ... Four-twenty-ten-seven ...

@humanish Oooh, found a text version: toodrunktofindaurl.tumblr.com/


French: …Sixty-seven, sixty-eight, sixty-nine, sixty-ten…
Other languages: **stares**
French: **stares back**
French: …sixty-eleven, sixty-twelve, sixty-thirteen…


French: …sixty-sixteen, sixty-ten-seven…
Other languages: *shutting eyes*
French: …sixty-ten-eight, sixty-ten-nine…
Other languages: *hands over face*
French: …four twenties! :) Four twenties one…

@humanish …, four-twenty-ten, four-twenty-eleven, …, four-twenty-sixteen, four-twenty-ten-seven, …

This is one of my favourite moment when teaching French. The look of incredulity and despair on the pupil's face is always priceless.

...four twenty nine... four-twenty-ten 😢
...four-twenty-sixteen... four-twenty-ten-seven 😭

You might already know that but this applies to French in France but less in other part of the world (e.g. Belgium or Switzerland) where people tend to use « septante », « huitante » or octante » and « nonante ».
According to historians, the split was around the 16th centurity.

BTW, IIRC there's a recent trend to use decimal counting for numbers in French, but I forgot how it went... any pointers to that?

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