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How to Count With Your Hands in Switzerland

A few weeks ago, my husband bought a simple puzzle for our son here in Peru. It's a fairly easy 20 piece wooden puzzle that features the numbers 1 to 10, drawings of animals, fruit or other things to illustrate the amount the number represents, the actual word representing the number (e.g. NINE) and a pair of hands showing the number with fingers.
the puzzle
This reminded me of how I always thought it strange how my American friends used their fingers to count. The way they counted simply didn't come natural to me. They didn't use their thumb to signal TWO and neither for THREE!

Being once again confronted with finger counting, I took the opportunity to compare the English way of using the fingers to my own (Swiss) way.


Maybe I'm a unique and strange case in the way I count and for sure it isn't the most comfortable way! Number FOUR is especially uncomfortable! The English way actually makes way more sense to me but the Swiss way simply comes naturally. Can't help it!

Are there more Swiss people out there counting like me? How do you use your fingers for counting? Let me know!



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  1. I'm pretty sure that your way is the typical Swiss and German way. Maybe even throughout more of Europe.

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    1. Would be interesting to find out, no? There is certainly a cultural aspect to this!

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