20 Jul '12, 3am

New video blog : Why Europeans use their thumbs to show one instead of their index finger

New video blog : Why Europeans use their thumbs to show one instead of their index finger

While I was teaching young children how to count with their fingers, I noticed something fascinating. They’d normally hold up their thumb to show one, while I grew up seeing one as the index finger. It was such an interesting cultural difference. And the kids noticed it too! They kept asking, “Teacher Marina! Perché fai cosi? ” And I had to assure them that it was correct, both ways. In today’s video blog, this is my take on how finger counting in Europe started : I could be wrong though! Sidenote : Ramadan starts today in Italy. Because it’s the middle of summer here, dawn starts 3.53am . I’ve been awake since 3 and am feeling quite zoned out! Zzz …

Full article: http://rinaz.net/2012/07/european-finger-count/

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