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• ##### ah, mon ami, you have my sympathies(7+ / 0-)

You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

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• ##### On trying to learn french at advanced age(11+ / 0-)

I developed a theory that the French have some perfectly reasonable language they speak in private and just made up this one as a joke so they could make fun of people trying to learn it.
Sort of like Boontling.

"Wouldn't you rather vote for what you want and not get it than vote for what you don't want - and get it?" Eugene Debs. "Le courage, c'est de chercher la verite et de la dire" Jean Jaures

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• ##### I want to have words with their number-namer.(8+ / 0-)

OK, we are going to use a different system of grammar and spelling for each and every single integer from 0 to 100. Who's got one?

How about, "four times twenty plus fivuzin" for 95?

Fivuzin! I love that. Tell ya what, we'll use that for 15. Now round me up some Americans.  You'll love this.

Don't panic.

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• ##### Numbers always tough for me in French(5+ / 0-)

quatre-vingt (four twenties!) = eighty?  German much easier: achtig = eighty.

You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

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• ##### Ja! I can still count better in German than French(4+ / 0-)
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Ojibwa, Cartoon Peril, koosah, MT Spaces

I had one year of German in high school, in the 70s, and I still understand spoken German numbers in real time. In French, I am still doing the math while the speaker is on the next paragraph.

Don't panic.

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• ##### But that's just because(4+ / 0-)
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our word comes from the German.  If ours came from the French, the German would seem strange.

Old people are like old houses - lots of character, but the plumbing leaks.

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• ##### Quatre-vingts ... you forgot the s(3+ / 0-)
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Ojibwa, Wee Mama, MT Spaces

Quatre-vingt w/o the s for all the other numbers.

See??! See?!?

Don't panic.

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• ##### I use counting down from one hundred by threes(7+ / 0-)

in French to put myself to sleep sometimes.

Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

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• ##### That is probably a great way to learn.(2+ / 0-)
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My weak points all revolve around listening though.

So what am I doing tonight? It turns out there is a group of Francophones in SE WI who have a dinner once a year. Who would have guessed? Anyway, I'm going. On dit "wallflower"? Fleur du mur?

Don't panic.

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• ##### Ah(5+ / 0-)
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Damn them to Perdition for not using a logical number naming system like English has -- you know, nine, ten, oneteen, twoteen, threeteen, fourteen, fiveteen, sixteen...

• ##### The Strawman: The Internet's Freddie Kreuger(1+ / 0-)
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Ojibwa

(1) French has curious  nomenclature for integers.

(2) All languages not called "French" are free of any naming inconsistencies.

Sentence one does not imply sentence two.

Une réponse aride pour une couverture moulilée.

Don't panic.

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• ##### Some languages(1+ / 0-)
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Ojibwa

are very regular in their counting conventions, at least for numbers. Japanese, for one -- eleven is "ten one", twelve is "ten two" etc. They did go through a couple of government-mandated standardisations of the language after the Meiji Restoration though.

Dou itashimashite.

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