Do we always have to use ett when counting? Because a swede taught me counting in swedish a couple of years ago and he taught me 'en två tre...'
Maybe because we were counting fishsticks though...
That would be the most likely explanation, since it's en fiskpinne. :) We do typically use ett when just counting randomly.
Or maybe because 'one, two, three' could be a like 'ready, set, go'.
It's so damn hard to say 'tre' without sounding too french.
I think it's a little easier when you think about how "r" is pronounced in French vs Swedish :)
"Ett, två, fem!
This is the chorus to Britney's song "3", bet it would sound good in Swedish!