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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Cryptic Sequence

In French writing phone numbers down is the worst

I promise, I'm done making fun of French numbers. Peut-être.

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6 comments:

  1. To be fair, in the time it takes for someone to say "4", you wouldn't be able to write down anything yet. :p "80 11" vs "91" could be a problem though, if the speaker doesn't distinguish the boundaries between numbers clearly enough.

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    1. Yup! I'm pretty sure the rhythm of speech would allow the listener to distinguish between numbers fairly easily, especially between 4 20 and 80, since we always pronounce the E at the end of quatre to say 80, but almost never to say 4.

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    2. That's why we pause between numbers. We never say "80 11" as "91", there's always a long enough pause between the two numbers.

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  2. And anyway, I always do feel like I'm going on a battlefield when someone is about to tell me a number in a foreign language.

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  3. There's a nice video about this kind of problem:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM1FFhaWj9w

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  4. Quatre vingt dix sept could have made it even worse.

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