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Counting and Numbers in German, Roman and Arabic Languages

Abdulkerim Uzağan
Department of German Language and Literature, Faculty of Literary, Yüzüncüyıl University, Van, Turkey
Abstract—In our survey we'll compare and give examples how the ancient people count before they had Arabic-Indian numbers. Only German and Arabic count same. The Armenian latest alphabet "k" has the value of nine thousand. The longest number in Romanic was 3888 (MMMDCCCLXXXVIII).Our aim to show how difficult was counting before and how difficult is to teach in German and Arabic languages. After zero was founded and transferred from India to Europe become counting easier than before. As a result we found out that most of civilizations used alphabet to count and than most of them they count from big to small numbers unlike Arabic and German.

Index Terms—counting in different languages, Roman, German, Arabic, Indian numerals, counting with the fingers.

Cite: Abdulkerim Uzağan, "Counting and Numbers in German, Roman and Arabic Languages," Journal of Media & Mass Communication, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 12-15, June, 2015. doi: 10.12720/jmmc.1.1.12-15
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