How people around the world count money -- video

Here's a short video demonstrating the varied means by which people in cultures all around the world count money. I had no idea that money-counting was this distinctive! Link (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)


  1. Can people from the various non-US places mentioned verify this? The American one is dead on, but a Russian-American friend claims the “American” way is much more popular…

  2. Well I mean, does this guy give any sources? He’s just saying that this is how it’s done, and you automatically buy it?

    I mean, it’s cool to see the different ways to count money and all, but I’ve seen half of those done in my own retail experience. And as it stands, I only live in one country.

  3. I am pretty sure it is a joke.

    What type of culture counts money by putting money in random stacks on a table when hand counting is obviously faster? Also, my experience with Indians suggest they just use the American style

  4. I don’t think it’s a joke, although obviously a bit of a generalization.

    The first method shown for east Asia is spot on though. Can’t say anything about the rest of the methods though.

  5. Read a little deeper and the poster says, “my experiences being to many countries, also
    living at an international dormitory for 3 years with many people from diffrent countries”.
    So some of it could be humorous but its probably a case of generalization of their experience. Its a big world and someone somewhere in every country is probably doing it in one of those styles.

    “In Russia, money counts you”.

  6. For what it’s worth, I’m from Eastern Europe and I’ve never seen anyone count bills the way he shows Russians doing it. The “American” way is the most popular.

  7. @7 LONE: Read that, but failed to see how it makes him an authority. Maybe instead of starting the video with a pompous “did you know?” and then making generalizations about cultures, he should just explain that they’re different ways of counting money.

    I’m a fersnickity old man today, I am!

  8. It always gets my goat when people say, “In Africa, people do X.” Africa is a continent, not a country, not to mention a very large place. At least throw in some weasel words like, “In most African countries.” Maybe he’s right, but I just have a hard time believing that is the way it is done across all those African nations and cultures.

    Semantics aside, very interesting. The Turkmenistan/Pakistan/Parts of Turkey method cracked me up – very, uh, deliberate.

  9. So which counting style has the most possibilities for sleight of hand?

    Like skipping bills, or double/multiple counting, or sliding one up your sleeve …

  10. that’s why I count them on to a table, one at a time, into multiples, sleeves rolled up, with witnesses, wearing body armour and never in the same room as the bricks of cocaine.

  11. The Three Stooges Method: much like the American method, only the bill on top is passed from the left hand to the right hand, then back to the left hand on the bottom of the stack.

  12. Whether all this is “true” or not, I was surprised, as an american, to see that the way I learned to count cash in a stack is actually the asian method. But then I learned it from my mom and she learned it from the bank she worked in as a teller, in Hawaii, with mostly asian managers and co-workers.

    Interesting shift.

  13. Takuan, just weigh the bundles of bills on an accurate scale. Come on, 1 bill = 1 gram, close enough.

    Randomly open up 5 or so of the bundles to make sure they really are the same denomination all the way through.

    Sure, you may be accepting a little shrinkage, but you are out of the building with the bricks of coke and the heat-scores who might have been followed that much sooner. It’s worth it in the long run.

  14. That’s funny. I have the same problem.

    To the professional money counters: When I was a group treasurer and counted a lot of bills, I always counted by sound when I was pawing through them. Anybody else do it that way?

  15. Missed the Hong Kong Chinese method of counting I’ve witnessed … a kind of fanning out all the bills in one hand (a bit like a hand of Poker), and either visually scanning or pick-counting through the fan’s leaves.

  16. Some of those methods look retardedly error prone. Kazakhstan, Pakistan, and Africa: I am supposedly talking to you.

  17. In India, we (me, my friends and parents) count using the American way. The Indian way shown in the video is new(s) to me.

  18. I think this guy practiced counting money in a number of different ways, and made the rest of the stuff up. In India, my dad counts money in a way which is not shown here. He holds the wad down, and then counts in a way that is somewhat of a cross between what the video calls Eastern European and African. I cannot count that way and always used what is supposed to be the American way. I have never seen anyone count money in what the video calls Indian way. And to believe that there will be a huge difference in counting styles between India and Pakistan, is plain stupid ;-) My 2 cents.

  19. At the casino I worked at in the American midwest we all counted money the first way. Much faster than shuffling it from one hand to another.

  20. My landlady here in Taipei uses the fan method described in the comments above to count rent. Too bad it’s not shown in the video, it’s very impressive. Leaves me feeling like it would be a bad idea to go up against her in Mahjong.

  21. My parents are from Korea, and the method he attributes to that region is how they counted wads of cash. They were also much faster than him too. That fan method sounds interesting. Anyone got a link for it?

  22. As for Japan, the first method shown is dead-on. Actually the Japanese do it in an even more sharp and crisp style, if that makes any sense. And *everybody* does this, from the convenience store clerks to bank clerks, to…well, everyone. It makes my (American) style of counting look rather primitive in comparison.

  23. I second the comments for Eastern Europe – it’s not like in the video, we either use the “American” or “Japanese” way.

  24. Other than store clerks counting the contents of a cash register, do many people here in the U.S. actually carry wads of cash large enough that they need to count the bills? My wallet usually doesn’t contain more than $20, and quite often it’s just a few 1-dollar bills plus a credit card.

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