A good language post
@humanish Basque works in a really similar way!
@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).
@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.
But it goes on:
French: ... Four-twenty-ten-seven ...
@humanish *Gaelic looks at French, they fistbump*
@cocoron well it may not be commonly used now, but historically it used a vigesimal system similar to french's
@balrogboogie the same could be said of english: "four score and ten years"
@cocoron sure, but that style of number system was common to celtic languages, and that is most likely where french got it from. english got it from either the *-celtic language speakers in the area, or else from the normans
@humanish Oooh, found a text version: http://toodrunktofindaurl.tumblr.com/post/116390113216/kellhorreur-sadjadewithcake-french
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.
Lost it at four twenties 🤣
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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