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"Dudek, tridek, kvardek, kvindek, sesdek, sepdek, okdek, naŭdek"

Translation:Twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, sixty, seventy, eighty, ninety

June 9, 2015


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So beautiful, so regular, such perfection. You see that, French and English!? That's a logical numbering system.

June 9, 2015


Coincidentally, the Chinese number system works exactly the same as Esperanto. (well, until you reach 10 000 which has its own word, not ten + thousand)

It's not without reason that the Japanese adopted the Chinese number system, almost completely at the expense of their native words for numbers.

August 20, 2015


You haven’t seen Welsh or you wouldn’t complain about French and English!

June 9, 2015


And forget about the Danish one... Alt text

June 18, 2015


Wow, that is really crazy:

http://www.sf.airnet.ne.jp/ts/language/number/traditional_welsh.html http://www.sf.airnet.ne.jp/ts/language/number/danish.html

I thought bad of German and his "twoandeighty" for "82" (zweiundachtzig) and of French and his "four-twenty-two" for the same number (quatre-vingt-deux) but Danish and Welsh are definitively something.

June 26, 2015


Haha. At least Danish maintains its pattern, nonsensical as it is. Welsh is just completely arbitrary in how it names its numbers. It is as if they just pulled every possible way of naming numbers out of a linguistics book and decided to try them all!

EDIT: Actually, that website is great—makes me feel a lot better about English's numbering system! French is hilarious. It keeps a (mostly) sane base ten numbering system right up to 70, and then it breaks down and starts doing weird base-twenty things…

July 27, 2017


The interesting thing about how we speak numbers is how they translate into how we think about them and the psychology of mathematics.

December 30, 2015


well with Tongan you just simply list the digits http://www.sf.airnet.ne.jp/ts/language/number/tongan.html

September 2, 2016


That moment when I try to say fourty instead of forty -_-

July 31, 2015


Duolingo should have accepted this answer as a typo. All of my correct answer was not accepted because I didn't know how 40 should be spelt in English

June 4, 2016


Life hack - duolingo actually allows the raw number (40) as an answer when translating into your language (ie. eo-en etc.)

May 16, 2017


Wow never knew that thanks!

November 30, 2017


ikr I've reported it...

November 30, 2017


Or, as my autocorrect likes to say, "twenty dirty forty fifty sixty sorcery eighty ninety"

May 13, 2016


i just learned fourty is spelt forty, and spelt isnt a word =( esperanto continues to illuminate and instruct outside of its own sphere, truly a remarkable tool, esperanto brings clarity! =)

September 17, 2015


Spelt is a word, it is either a kind of grain, or a past tense form of "to spell", and an alternate of "spelled".

And I've been speaking English my whole life, and I add a u to fo_rty. And I'm American, mind you, and we're generally pretty stingy with our "ou"s, c.f. color, rigor, flavor... It just makes more sense to have "fourty, fivety, sixty, seventy, eightty, ninety..."

September 30, 2015


"And though forty has been standard for a few centuries, fourty appeared much more often several centuries ago, before many of our modern spellings were settled." http://grammarist.com/spelling/forty-fourty/

Turns out it's not really a typo to spell it "fourty". It's just an anachronism.

October 13, 2015


I don't know where you come from in America, but where I am they spell them "forty, fifty, sixty, seventy, eighty, ninety"

September 30, 2015


I know, my point is that it would be more logical to spell them as the number with the suffix "ty", so sometimes I misspell "forty" and "fourty" by analogy with "sixty", "seventy" or "ninety".

September 30, 2015


The simplicity of this language is amazing

December 12, 2015


I see people here talking about and comparing things like forty/fourty.... here i am, writing 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90...! #lazy (but correct!)

May 22, 2016


the hardest thing about this was spelling the words in english

May 25, 2017


Me, counting the number of times I've done this sentence in this lesson

September 14, 2017

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    I really need to learn 10 key...

    November 24, 2015
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