'Four score and seven years ago': learning the Danish counting system

I came across this on a friend’s Facebook wall – and laughed (mind you, the Danish one is not completely correct). When I started learning Danish, I could not figure out the counting system at all! But then two things happened: I asked my husband about it – turns out he’s one of the few Danes I know, who can actually explain the Danish counting system and knows the full names of all the numbers – cos it ain’t just syvoghalvfems (7 and half fifth); it’s syvoghalvfemsindstyvende (7 and half-fifth-times-twenty)! And secondly, I was doing an English lesson, ironically enough, about the English language, and I was using the Gettysburg address: ‘Four score and seven years ago’ – a light bulb momen

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