Who uses Nonante?
Why does French have that eccentric number system for seventy, eighty and ninety? The Belgians, Canadians and the French-speaking Swiss all have reasonable words for these numbers (septante, huitante or octante and nonante), which any French person will grudgingly understand.
Where is Huitante used?
The French school system has long used 20 as a way to mark examinations : 10/20 being a passing grade, 12/20, 14/20 etc. Huitante is used in some parts of the Jura and Switzerland, octante, even otante, are also used locally (dialects).
Which countries use Septante?
– “Septante” is used in Switzerland and in Belgium.
What is Nonante?
Numeral. nonante. (Switzerland, Belgium, Congo, Rwanda, Acadian) ninety.
Why are numbers in French so weird?
To make things more difficult, large numbers in French are generally spoken as a whole rather than broken down into digits. Phone numbers in France are said in pairs, so someone might tell you their number is zero six, trente-et-un, quatre-vingt-dix etc.
Why do French say four twenty?
“four-twenties”; quatre-vingt-dix “90” lit. “four-twenty-ten”) is due to North Germanic influence, first appearing in Normandy, in northern France. From there, it spread south after the formation of the French Republic, replacing the typical Romance forms still used today in Belgian and Swiss French.
Why doesn’t the French have a 70?
Switzerland uses ‘septante’ for 70, ‘octante’ or ‘huitante’ for 80 and ‘nonante’ for 90. In some parts of Belgium, some of these are used too. So why didn’t the French think of this? Many believe it ended up in French due to the influence of the Celts in France, whose languages use the base 20 system.
Why do French numbers stop at 60?
“sixty-ten”; quatre-vingts “80” lit. “four-twenties”; quatre-vingt-dix “90” lit. “four-twenty-ten”) is due to North Germanic influence, first appearing in Normandy, in northern France.
Why do the French say four twenties?
There is the method that us Anglophones know, which comes from the Romans and is called base ten. Then in comes the “vigesimal system” which used the base 20, hence quatre-vingt-quatre (84). This is supposedly as they used their feet as well as their hands to count. Fingers and toes included, you get twenty.
How do you count from 60 to 100 in French?
Don’t forget that spelling counts, and pay attention to hyphens!
- dix : ten : 10.
- vingt : twenty : 20.
- trente : thirty : 30.
- quarante : forty : 40.
- cinquante : fifty : 50.
- soixante : sixty : 60.
- soixante-dix : seventy : 70.
- quatre-vingts : eighty : 80.
Why is there no word for 80 in French?
French Numbers: 80-89 Likewise, there’s no word for “eighty” in standard French. * The French say quatre-vingts, literally four-twenties. ** So 81 is quatre-vingt-un (four-twenty-one), 82 is quatre-vingt-deux (four-twenty-two), etc.
Why are the French numbers so weird?
In French too, we see this, up until the seventies when, as we’ve said, things go weird. Then in comes the “vigesimal system” which used the base 20, hence quatre-vingt-quatre (84). Many believe it ended up in French due to the influence of the Celts in France, whose languages use the base 20 system.