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2022-08-07 5:31:32 PM  
To simplify, they also have archaic numbers used mainly by peasants and the Swiss:

After 60,  they have septante, octotante, and nonnante, which continues the pattern of quarante, cinquante and soixant. I like those but they are old-fashioned and would sound a bit pedantic if used by regular people instead of peasants. Then the French logic begins again.. And you think the British are weird about heritage.
 
2022-08-07 11:18:38 PM  
I'd heard the audio before (I think the video was on Fark, even) but this animation -- the timing, the expressions, and the reactions -- puts it over the top.  Wonderful.
 
2022-08-07 11:57:53 PM  
Isn't 100 "cent" or something like that?
 
2022-08-08 12:13:27 AM  

dericwater: Isn't 100 "cent" or something like that?


yeah, this version cuts off the joke.

Counting to 100 in French with a NYC Cabbie
Youtube 9rmBqIFeHN8
 
2022-08-08 12:21:25 AM  
I thought three kittens crossing a frozen puddle were intended to explain French numbers?
 
2022-08-08 1:02:07 AM  

Troy McClure: dericwater: Isn't 100 "cent" or something like that?

yeah, this version cuts off the joke.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/9rmBqIFeHN8]


Fourscore and ten? Weird.
 
2022-08-08 1:44:20 AM  
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2022-08-08 7:04:17 AM  

fifthofzen: I thought three kittens crossing a frozen puddle were intended to explain French numbers?


I didn't realize it at the time (seventh grade), but I think that's a rare joke that only makes sense to bilinguals. Another being ASL for pasteurized milk which is my favorite sign by far. It's the sign that everyone knows for milk, but it moves from one side to the other in front of your face. You could say the milk goes past your eyes.
 
2022-08-08 10:15:00 AM  
French numbers have nothing on Asian languages.

日本語の番号はとても難しいですよ
 
2022-08-08 11:49:04 AM  

brantgoose: To simplify, they also have archaic numbers used mainly by peasants and the Swiss:

After 60,  they have septante, octotante, and nonnante, which continues the pattern of quarante, cinquante and soixant. I like those but they are old-fashioned and would sound a bit pedantic if used by regular people instead of peasants. Then the French logic begins again.. And you think the British are weird about heritage.



Septante and Nonante are used in both Switzerland and Belgium.  Switzerland also uses Huitante.
 
2022-08-08 12:57:26 PM  
Ah yes, the vestiges of twenty-based numbering systems.

There's definitely some silly moments, but English also used to do things like "eight-and-twenty," and I believe German still does. English switches to "-teen" after 12, but French keeps the "-ze" going until 17, which isn't all that weird.
 
2022-08-08 2:21:29 PM  

Buckaroo Beeblebrox: French numbers have nothing on Asian languages.

日本語の番号はとても難しいですよ


True dat
 
2022-08-08 3:15:23 PM  

austerity101: but English also used to do things like "eight-and-twenty,"



Most famously, when baking four-and-twenty blackbirds into pies.

But eh, names of numbers are ultimately arbitrary.  Korean goes up to 10,000 (만) through 십 (ten), 백 (hundred), 전 (thousand), and 만 (ten thousand), and then it counts ten thousands (십만, 백반, 전만) before going to a new root every four orders of magnitude instead of every three as in English.

It's not hard for native speakers of any of these languages.
 
2022-08-08 4:09:51 PM  

Troy McClure: dericwater: Isn't 100 "cent" or something like that?

yeah, this version cuts off the joke.

[YouTube video: Counting to 100 in French with a NYC Cabbie]


"What do I look like? God?" is now my standard response to any question I don't know the answer to.
 
2022-08-08 4:47:25 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Troy McClure: dericwater: Isn't 100 "cent" or something like that?

yeah, this version cuts off the joke.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/9rmBqIFeHN8]

Fourscore and ten? Weird.


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