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message 1: by [deleted user] (last edited Oct 29, 2011 09:54AM) (new)

2-to (toe)
3-tre (tray)
4-fire (fe'uh)
7-syv (sue)
8-otte (long 'o':odde)
9-ni (knee)
10-ti (tea)

message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

easy to remember to, huh?

emily*the ninja queen of implication* (THENINJA) | 13 comments Mod
Yeah, and thanks for posting this.

message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

your welcome! :D

message 5: by Tom (new)

Tom (saxondane) | 5 comments 11 - elleve (elve)
12 - tolv
13 - tretten
14 - fjorten (fyorten)
15 - femten
16 - seksten
17 - sytten (sue'ten)
18 - atten
19 - nitten
20 - tyve (tew've)

message 6: by Woolfie (new)

Woolfie Silvanus (nightlightknight) :) you can see the similarities with English and German numbers there. Muc appreciated for posting them:)

message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

German is cool too! I'm going to learn that after French! :D

message 8: by Woolfie (new)

Woolfie Silvanus (nightlightknight) Heh I'm a quarter German so I've always been keem to learn:)

message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

:) That's cool!

message 10: by Tom (new)

Tom (saxondane) | 5 comments I loved German at school, can't remember much of it though :( But of what I do remember helps me a lot with Danish, for example: arbeite (german) - arbejde (danish). Just little things like that help a lot.

message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

I think Danish and Dutch are similar. :D

message 12: by Mikkel (last edited Jan 12, 2012 01:59PM) (new)

Mikkel Eriksen | 1 comments Not really that similar. Dutch is much closer to German, but as a Dane who took a couple years of German as a kid in school, it's fairly easy to read. Like 80% of the words, I know the meaning of off hand, the rest can mostly be deduced by context.

And here's some fun stuff about numbers:

Danish uses a strange combination of vigesimal (20-based) and obsolete and archaic words for the 10s, except for the first four:

10 = ti
20 = tyve
30 = tredive
40 = fyrre

Okay, those make sense, but check this out:

50 = halvtreds
60 = tres
70 = halvfjerds
80 = firs
90 = halvfems

Those are the short versions, if you wanna be super formal, you'd add "-indstyve":

halvtredsindstyve = literally "half-third times twenty". Half-third is archaic for "two and a half", so 2.5 x 20 = 50. "Halvfjerde" = 4.5, so "halvfjerdsindstyve" = 3.5 x 20 = 70.

Same with "firs(indstyve)" = 4 x 20 = 80, etc.

message 13: by [deleted user] (new)

Cool! THX!! :)

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