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An easy way to explain how this works is to start by counting to ten. You would say, "0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10". But when we reach 10, you notice there are two digits,

Okay, now imagine we start again, but we make

In the decimal system, we count like this:

0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, the last three numerals being "eight, nine, ten".

In the dozenal system, we count like this:

0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, ᕍ, Ƹ, 10, the last three numerals being "dec, lev, ka".

What happens when you count to 100? "...98, 99, 100," right? No, we only do that for the decimal system, not in the dozenal system. If we counted from 98 in the dozenal system, it would be, "98, 99, 9ᕍ", since we have two extra symbols per set. Now that we have two extra symbols, ᕍ and Ƹ, continuing on we would say, "9ᕍ, 9Ƹ, ᕍ0, ᕍ1." Here's an illustration:

**1**and**0**. This means there is**1****set**of ten and**0**more. Now, if you continue, you say, "11, 12, 13...", like saying,**1 set**and**1**more,**1 set**and**2****more, etc.**Okay, now imagine we start again, but we make

**twelve**the set. Let's count, "0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,- ". Hold it now, there's a problem. We cannot say, "10" since we don't have a full set. We have two more digits before a set is complete. Let's just mark the two digits, "ᕍ" and "Ƹ", then let's count, "0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, ᕍ, Ƹ, 10".In the decimal system, we count like this:

0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, the last three numerals being "eight, nine, ten".

In the dozenal system, we count like this:

0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, ᕍ, Ƹ, 10, the last three numerals being "dec, lev, ka".

What happens when you count to 100? "...98, 99, 100," right? No, we only do that for the decimal system, not in the dozenal system. If we counted from 98 in the dozenal system, it would be, "98, 99, 9ᕍ", since we have two extra symbols per set. Now that we have two extra symbols, ᕍ and Ƹ, continuing on we would say, "9ᕍ, 9Ƹ, ᕍ0, ᕍ1." Here's an illustration:

We find that in order to reach 100, we need to first reach the ᕍ0's, then Ƹ0's, and finally after reaching ƸƸ, the next number is 100. That's how you would count to 100 in the dozenal system.

## Basic Building Blocks

There is no agreed upon standard for the pronunciation of dozenal digits. Some dozenalists say that dec and lev should be represented with an X for dec and an E for lev. Some say that dec should be called ten and that twelve should be called "do". However, "do" can cause problems since it literally means "2," this causes a problem of overlapping nomenclature. An example is the "dodecagon," a 12 sided polygon. Should this be read as, "twelve and ten sides"?

Since the system is still at a premature stage, I propose a simple, yet in my opinion, elegant solution.

Since the system is still at a premature stage, I propose a simple, yet in my opinion, elegant solution.

## My version will be written in Blue:

Decimal |
Dozenal |

Zero
One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine - - Ten |
0
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ᕍ Ƹ 10 |
Naught
One Two Three Four Five Six Sep Eight Nine Dec Lev Ka |

If you have any suggestions, or would like to view other nomenclatures, please create a thread at: http://dozenal.boards.net/board/2/nomenclature

Hundred
Thousand Million Billion - Tenth Hundredth Thousandth Ten thousandth Hundred thousandth |
100
1,000 1,000,000 1,000,000,000 ... 0.1 0.01 0.001 0.0001 0.00001 |
Gro
Mae Bimae Trimae (latin numeral prefixes) Kath Groth Maeth Kamaeth Gromaeth |

## Example Numbers

Decimal |
Dozenal |

In both systems:
-the numeral is announced first ( "four-" ) -the placement is announced second ( "-thousand" ) |

54
fifty-four 278
two hundred seventy-eight 100,000
hundred thousand 6,982
six thousand nine hundred eighty-two 4,568,269
four million, five hundred sixty-eight thousand, two hundred sixty-nine 84,000,000,293
eighty-four billion, two hundred ninety-three 2300 twenty-three hundred 2,300 two thousand, three hundred |
ᕍ4
dec-ka four 27Ƹ
two-gro sept-ka lev 100,000
gro mae 6,Ƹᕍ2
six-mae lev-gro dec-ka two 4,568,269
four-bimae, five-gro six-ka eight mae, two-gro six-ka nine 84,000,000,2ᕍ3
eight-ka four trimae, two-gro dec-ka three 2300 two-ka three gro 2,300 two mae, three gro |

## Fractionals

Decimal |
Dozenal |

Period denotes a decimal point
-can be mistaken for comma |
Semi-colon denotes a dozenal point
-clearly different from a comma |

83.46
eighty three, point four six 2,007.24
two thousand seven, point two four 5.00548
five, and five-thousand, four-ten thousand eight-hundred thousandths |
83;4ᕍ
eight-ka three, dit four dec 2,007;24
two-mae sept, dit two-ka four 5;005.48
five, and five-mae four-kamae eight-gromaenth |

## Communicating Numbers With Your Fingers

For counting with your fingers, it's much better to use the 3 sections per finger we each have. However, if you were to show someone across a reasonable distance, you're going to need a more distinct form of communication.

Decimal |
Dozenal |

This system is universally known with the only differences some have are:
-using the thumb to represent one.versus -using the index finger to represent one.Other than that, most people around the world will understand what you mean when you try to convey numbers up to ten. |
Representing 6 with a “perfect” hand signal is pretty memorable since there are 3 fingers shown, and the 2 others to me atleast could be seen as x2. Then using 6 as a “full hand” is also useful in that people will notice the difference between 10decimal and ᕍ.
If anyone can come up with a less intrusive way of presenting Dozenal numbers, I’d love to hear. The system is not set in stone as of now, so it's best to give ideas while the concrete is solidifying. |