Have you tried using an abacus(plural abaci or abacuses)?

Philippines
June 26, 2018 2:40am CST
Hello how are you today people? I just finished my late lunch while im now sitting in front of my computer. I just had my favorite dinuguan(pork blood stew)and of course as usual a rice. Okay guys i would like to share you about a part of my childhood which is what i called "abacus". Have you used this before? Are you an abacist? Don't tell me youre not familiar of this because we often see this before especially during 80's or even earlier. We have it in school before when im still in preschool though they're colorful and bigger. Abacus- 1350–1400; Middle English Latin: board, counting board, reformed Greek ábax I remember my dad trying to teach me how to use it but i hardly learned, i even use it as a vehicle toy before as i rode on top of while i slide the beads on the floor. Anyone here knows how to use this? please share thanks
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@mlgen1037 (29626)
• Manila, Philippines
26 Jun
Hi Strawberry. I do know that but never fully understand how it is used.
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• Philippines
26 Jun
hi louise thanks for sharing, yes i guess it needs focus and willingness because i dont interest math and counting before so i ignore my dad when he teach me. just wondering why my post is cut, i typed more than what posted
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@mlgen1037 (29626)
• Manila, Philippines
26 Jun
@Strawberry18 You are most welcome. Did you try editing it again?
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• Philippines
26 Jun
@mlgen1037 its okay now friend
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@JustBhem (42864)
• Davao, Philippines
26 Jun
I really don't know how to use it, to be honest. I am having a hard time learning it.
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• Philippines
26 Jun
hi bhem yes its hard to learn it, my dad is already angry at me because i cant get it,
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@JustBhem (42864)
• Davao, Philippines
26 Jun
@Strawberry18 Oh, so you are learning. Is your Dad an expert on this.
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• Philippines
26 Jun
@JustBhem yes he is good on it
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@AKRao24 (21127)
• India
26 Jun
I heard about abacus but never got any opportunity to use it! I recall during our child hood we used to get slates along with abacus! Thanks!
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• Philippines
26 Jun
its 80's and earlier, thats me holding our old abacus
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@AKRao24 (21127)
• India
26 Jun
@Strawberry18 , Wow! Nice to know that....we were never taught in our school about the use of abacus! Thanks!
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• Philippines
26 Jun
@AKRao24 we were taught in school before but i dont take it seriously lol
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@kepweng (18574)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
28 Jun
no idea whats that?? my friend
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• Philippines
28 Jun
@kepweng this is an ancient/old device used for counting because theres no calculator back then
@kepweng (18574)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
28 Jun
@Strawberry18 ohhhh isee Ancient people are Strange can u Count on that Rocks??
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• Philippines
28 Jun
@kepweng no friend they look boring to me
@LadyDuck (175857)
• Switzerland
26 Jun
We have one in the house and my husband knows how to use it, I was never interested to learn. I prefer the plural abaci as it is the Latin form.
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• Philippines
26 Jun
hi anna, im glad that you still keep it with you
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@LadyDuck (175857)
• Switzerland
26 Jun
@Strawberry18 It is a very nice object to have in the library.
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• Philippines
26 Jun
@LadyDuck yup they are i have it here as well i will keep it though i dont have a library
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@rakski (21962)
• Philippines
26 Jun
I did not learn how to use that.
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• Philippines
26 Jun
its okay friend thanks for sharing
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@rakski (21962)
• Philippines
26 Jun
@Strawberry18 But I think it is good to learn how to use it
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• Philippines
27 Jun
@rakski i think olds know that like our grandparents and if theyre good in math before for sure they know how to use it just like my late dad
@Icydoll (24611)
• India
26 Jun
Yes,in childhood I have used it my dear friend.
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• Philippines
26 Jun
thats nice to know icydoll, do you still have it?
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@Icydoll (24611)
• India
26 Jun
@Strawberry18 no,dear friend..
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• Philippines
26 Jun
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@mandala100 (50418)
• Hong Kong
26 Jun
I always use a calculator my friend!
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• Philippines
26 Jun
lol okay why effort if theres a calculator
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@mandala100 (50418)
• Hong Kong
26 Jun
@Strawberry18 You press the calculator keys my friend and that's effort enough!
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• Philippines
26 Jun
@mandala100 sure i love that
@SIMPLYD (82943)
• Philippines
27 Jun
Yes, we actually were taught how to use it in our primary years. Though, I now have forgotten how to count using it. They were so colorful, those round things in the abacus.
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• Philippines
27 Jun
yes the one in our school before is colorful and bigger than me when i was a kid
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@SIMPLYD (82943)
• Philippines
28 Jun
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@anikoonline (3259)
• Hungary
27 Jun
When I was a child, I had one and I knew how to use it. But I have to tell that I forgot it.
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• Philippines
27 Jun
thanks for sharing aniko,if you know how to use it before you must be a bright child then, i wish i can also but i prefer to play before rather than learn how to use it lol
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• Hungary
27 Jun
@Strawberry18 But the end of the story is the same. We both don't know how to play it now.
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@DianneN (84977)
• United States
26 Jun
We have one stored in our basement. I used to teach math to my students with abaci, but teaching math has changed so much over the years. They are no longer used in schools here.
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• Philippines
26 Jun
yes dianne exactly as what ive observed in schools nowadays
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@DianneN (84977)
• United States
27 Jun
@Jessabuma (33192)
• Baguio, Philippines
26 Jun
I have heard about abacus before but never tried to use it.
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• Philippines
26 Jun
do you have it at home? i never tried it also maybe the one that likes math is intersted on it
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@Jessabuma (33192)
• Baguio, Philippines
26 Jun
@Strawberry18 We don't have at home also.
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@jobelbojel (8137)
• Philippines
28 Jun
I have seen one in the school library but never understood how it works.
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• Philippines
28 Jun
thanks for sharing have a nice day
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@cintol (7704)
• United States
28 Jun
I used to know how to use one of those long ago and I remember how much fun it was. Made doing math much easier but couldn't remember today if someone paid me
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• Philippines
28 Jun
thanks for sharing
• Philippines
28 Jun
This was the early math. They should still teach this to children, you never know when internet or electricity becomes unavailable some day.
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• Philippines
28 Jun
@Letranknight2015 yes i guess its been taught also in other school even just a brief overview of it
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@Micmac (9435)
27 Jun
I haven't actually seen one personally, but I saw how one looks on one TV movie.
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• Philippines
27 Jun
hi friend how are you? i havent chat at you for long. im not sure if its still sold at the stores now if any it must be expensive already
@marlina (77831)
• Canada
26 Jun
We had one while growing up and bought one for our sons, but we never really used it.
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• Philippines
27 Jun
thanks for sharing marline, yes because if we want to compute something it canbe easily accessed now thru phone or a calculator. unlike before
@caopaopao (12535)
• China
26 Jun
When I was very young, the school taught abacus. It's too hard. I've almost forgotten now.
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• Philippines
26 Jun
yes caopaopao its very hard thats why i ignore my dad trying to teach me it
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@TRBRocks420 (82526)
• Banks, Oregon
26 Jun
I remember them from when I was a kid, but haven't seen one in a long time.
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• Philippines
26 Jun
it wont be forgotten, i still have here and i will keep it while im still here on earth
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