"It’s interesting to learn about how people count on their fingers in different countries… I mean the way people show the digits with their fingers. In the U.S., people show the forefinger for 1, so do the Spanish. While in France, we show the thumb, so do the Germans. In Morocco, they join the thumb and the pinkie for one, the thumb and the ring finger for two…" -Monique
In the US, we count one way (staring with the index finger) if we’re counting on our fingers for another person to see. But we count differently if we’re only counting on our fingers to ourselves (i.e. with no one else in the room). In the latter case we start with the thumb, then put up the index finger, the middle finger, the ring finger and the pinkie.
When we count on our fingers for someone else, we do it like this:
But when we count on our fingers to ourselves, we start with the thumb and add fingers in this order: the index finger, middle finger, ring finger and pinkie.
To order one cup of coffee in a café in the US, we put up our index finger (like the pic for counting 1 above).
To order one coffee in a café in France, you only put up your thumb.
How do you count on your fingers in your country? Let us know in the comments below or you can email me photos showing how you count.
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