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"Üç, iki, bir, sıfır!"

Translation:Three, two, one, zero!

June 3, 2015



sifir = zero. This is the same etymology as the English word "cypher", which originally meant zero as well, but became associated with codes and secrecy because Hindu-Arabic numerals were not understood by most people in Europe and used to send secret messages. One of the main things that set Hindu-Arabic numerals apart from Roman numerals is the inclusion of a symbol for zero, so this was the number that gave its name to the codes.

Sorry, i just think that's interesting :-)


sıfır comes from the Arabic word "sif'r صفر" meaning empty, the indian word for zero is "शून्य shoony". The word zero came into the English language via French zéro from Italian zero, Italian contraction of Venetian zevero form of 'Italian zefiro.The Italian mathematician Fibonacci (c. 1170–1250), who grew up in North Africa and is credited with introducing the decimal system to Europe, used the term zephyrum. This became zefiro in Italian, and was then contracted to zero in Venetian. The Italian word zefiro was already in existence (meaning "west wind" from Latin and Greek zephyrus) and may have influenced the spelling when transcribing Arabic "sif'r".


I never knew the word was associated with cypher, that's really cool. I knew that it was from Arabic meaning 0 because I've seen it in other languages I've learned a little of (Persian and Swahili for example) but now I'm putting all this information together. Have a lingot for your cool insight!


Teşekkürler! :-)


I should've done this before this New Year!

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    sifir also means zero in Arabic!


    My pronounciation is repeatedly marked wrong, only üc is marked right. And I cant hear the slightest difference to the audio. Thats really annoying.


    Sifir also means zero in urdu


    I said the same without comma...


    Suggestion: it would be better to use an irregular order


    you may think this is a countdown.Christmas is coming and you say "ten,nine,eight,seven........" Sorry I'm learning english my english is not good just want to help you.


    He doesnt have any problem with a countdown, just suggests if duolingo hardens the Q


    That's right! It is to easy to guess the right order and therefore there may no affords to keep in mind ;-)


    Step by step, i think it's better to count in order at the first step


    Indeed. Learning in context is good.


    I finally got past this one by saying them in backwards order. It doesn't seem to recognize the words when they are spoken in forward order.

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