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Recording spoken numbers in German.

Hello,

How do you guys (or more generally, German speakers) write down numbers while saying them out loud in (or thinking)?

For example: I am on page 34 of a book that I am writing a report on. I would like to notate the page in my notebook, to do so I say "vierunddreißig" out loud (or to myself). However I tend to get criss-crossed and end up writing 43 because as an english speaker I am used to hearing/saying the numbers with in the tens position first.

Would a native speaker write the 4 first, and leave space in front to add the 3? Or do they just wait to hear the whole number and then write it down?

February 22, 2018

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/drvdw

I think that for native German speakers it works the same way as 13-19 does in English. For example, fourteen comes from four (and) ten but we think of it as one number and write it left to right. I try to think of numbers in that way, and write them left to right, although I agree it can be confusing.

February 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Max.Em

That's how it works. The two digit numbers are short enough to memorize them. At some point we switched the "endianess", now we have it pretty mixed, see "dreihunderfünunddreißigmillionensiebenundfünzigtausenddreihundertsechsundsiebzig". Try to write it down....

February 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marie973350

I listen to the whole number and then write it down from left to write.

However, I've seen some of my students do it the other way.

February 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Max.Em

Nice avatar. Der "Genießer"....

February 22, 2018
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