Immer für eine Überraschung gut – Always Good for a Surprise

Lesson 4 introduces the numbers 1-12. Never mind the decimal system – there are 12 hours in a day (and in a night).

I use my fingers to illustrate 1-10 and for eleven and twelve I usually grab two oversized dice. It’s often a bit awkward, grabbing the dice, looking for the five and six dotted side. I drop them at least once and did so this time as well.

That’s when Obeid stood up. And said: “No problem.” He held up his hands and counted on his fingers: one, two, three … nine, ten, eleven, twelve. ” Excuse me? Yes, that’s right. He has six fingers on every hand.

In Lektion 4 werden die Zahlen 1-12 eingeführt. Vergesst das Dezimalsystem – es gibt ja 12 Stunden im Tag (und in der Nacht).

Ich benutze meine Finger um 1-10 zu verdeutlichen und für elf und zwölf schnappe ich mir immer zwei überdimensionale Würfel. Meist ist das ein bisschen ungeschickt, ich muss Aldie Würfel in zwei Händen halten und die Seiten mit fünf oder sechs Punkten suchen. Mir fallen sie meist mindestens einmal runter, sowie auch dieses Mal.

In dem Moment ist Obeid aufgestanden. Er sagte: “No problem”, hielt seine Hände hoch und zählte an seinen Fingern: “Eins, zwei, drei, … neun, zehn, elf, zwölf.” Wie bitte? Ja, tatsächlich, er hat sechs Finger an jeder Hand.

3 thoughts on “Immer für eine Überraschung gut – Always Good for a Surprise

    1. Yes, he said in English: “No problem.” A few of the students claim they speak a little English when they actually know a few hitched phrases like “no problem”, “have a nice day”, etc.
      Actually, I have to un-do English pronunciation for quite a few words like numbers (pronounced “noomers” in German) or “market” (one syllable in German: “Markt”). Actually, one of them argued about the pronunciation of the number 4 with me. He kept saying “firra” – and insisted it was the proper pronunciation in Switzerland – turns out, he meant Sweden where 4 is indeed “fyra”.

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