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Ka-pi96 said:
RolStoppable said:

Probably necessary because I speak German. German has the strange trait that double-digit numbers from 21 onwards are basically read backwards.

42
forty-two
zweiundvierzig

Nobody says vierzigzwei. It's two and forty.

I haven't come across any other major languages that do it like German.

 

English can do it like that actually. Specifically old people and the number 25. They might say it as 5 and 20 instead. It's weird.

Exactly, languages with Germanic roots or even most Indo-Aryan have this too.
Dutch and Danish do it also, then there is Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi (maybe from the Brits?).

It's still unnatural because when you are writing a number you go from hundredth, tenth and unit values in order.
Germans just like to jump around at the end, keep you at your toes.



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