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Class today:

Japanese gets m4d props for having a numbering system that isn't hooked on crack after ten. (Non-speakers: eleven is written as "ten one"; twenty-five is like "two ten five". It seems to be completely consistent.) Although counters almost undo that good. Almost.

Izumi-sensei had to leave class early, so the last half was handled by her TA. We sang a couple songs (!) to learn numbers and counters, which made everyone hyper for the rest of class. We then did families and a few particles before leaving.

I can't believe I'm actually saying this, but that class is too short.

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elyscape
Feb. 28th, 2004 02:05 pm (UTC)
I prefer Hebrew's system, because I'm weird:
Thirty is "threes", and thirty five is "threes and five". The only anomaly is twenty, which is "tens". Once you hit big numbers, it becomes "three hundreds" and "seven thousands" and such.
acdragonmaster
Feb. 28th, 2004 02:18 pm (UTC)
Only thing with Japanese numbers is once you hit the big ones, you do have to remember extra words and kanji. hyaku, sen, man, etc. Well, the words aren't any worse than english, but you've still got to learn to recognize a few more number kanji, rather than just ten digits that get reused.

Chinese counts things the same way Japanese does, 'tis an East-Asian thing.
chiave_trust
Feb. 28th, 2004 03:48 pm (UTC)
Mmm, families. I always can never remember how many older brothers I have >.> (it's a different number each time, but no less than 2, usually).

Brent-san learning Japanese. I'm so proud. *wai* And soon, we shall take over the world....
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