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proposed question Scandinavian Languages: Why is it so hard to pronounce “Rød grød med fløde”?
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proposed question Scandinavian Languages: Is it easier for Danes to speak (pronounce) Norwegian or Swedish?
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comment Scandinavian Languages: Why danish number system is so complicated?
60 is "tres". It is short for the old nordic words "tre sinde tyve" or "tresindstyve", which means "three-times-twenty". The complicated part comes with 50, 70, and 90. 50 is "halvtreds", meaning "halv-tresindstyve" or "half-three-times-twenty". In fact "halv-tre" or "half-three" is just short for "halv-tredje" which is 2,5. This is maybe more clear when we say "halv-anden" which is a much more common word meaning 1,5. So, 50 said as "halvtreds" actually means "2,5-times-twenty". This is only weird because this short-cut of a word has a long history. So is the Danish number system.
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