# How to pronounce dates and numbers in English

**Dates**

In English, we can say dates either with the day before the month, or the month before the day:

"**The first of January**" / "**January the first**".

Remember to use ordinal numbers for dates in English.

(The first, the second, the third, the fourth, the fifth, the twenty-second, the thirty-first etc.)

**Years**

For years up until 2000, separate the four numbers into two pairs of two:

1965 = "**nineteen sixty-five**"

1871 = "**eighteen seventy-one**"

1999 = "**nineteen ninety-nine**"

For the decade 2001 - 2010, you say "two thousand and ----" when speaking British English:

2001 = "**two thousand and one**"

2009 = "**two thousand and nine**"

However, from 2010 onwards you have a choice.

For example, 2012 can be either "**two thousand and twelve**" or "**twenty twelve**".

**Large numbers**

Divide the number into units of hundreds and thousands:

400,000 = "**four hundred thousand**" (no **s** plural)

If the number includes a smaller number, use "and" in British English:

450,000 = "**four hundred and fifty thousand**"

400,360 = "**four hundred thousand and three hundred and sixty**"

**Fractions, ratios and percentages**

½ = "**one half**"

1/3 = "**one third**"

¼ = "**one quarter**"

1/5 = "**one fifth**"

1/ 6 = "**one sixth**"

3/5 = "**three fifths**"

1.5% = "**one point five percent**"

0.3% = "**nought / zero point three percent**"

2:1 = "**two to one**"

**Saying 0**

Depending on the context, we can pronounce zero in different ways:

2-0 (football) = "**Two nil**"

30 - 0 (tennis) = "**Thirty love**"

604 7721 (phone number) = "**six oh four**…"

0.4 (a number) = "**nought point four**" or "**zero point four**"

0C (temperature) = "**zero degrees**"

**Talking about calculations in English**

+ (**plus**)

= (**equals / makes**)

2 + 1 = 3 ("**two plus one equals / makes three**")

- (**minus** / **take away**)

5 – 3 = 2 ("**five minus three equals two**" / "**five take away three equals two**")

x (**multiplied by** / **times**)

2 x 3 = 6 ("**two multiplied by three equals six**" / "**two times three equals six**")

/ (**divided by**)

6 / 3 = 2 ("**six divided by three equals two**")

*39 comments*

**mohamed owais**

Thank you a lot

**me1**

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**chouchou**

tks a lot

**Aslasndado**

Very useful info. Thanx :-) But how to pronounce 1-3 December?

**Clare**

"From the first to the third of December".

**Aslandado**

Thank you Clare )

**med jr**

thank you for your help

**Teresita**

Thanks, Gracias....

**Nayem**

thanks :)

**ravindran.r**

useful...

**paula**

Great!!! love it...

**nipun**

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**GRAÇA RODRIGUES**

VERY USEFUL. THANKS

**Joey**

Helpful!

**Lily**

So clear¡ thanks

**jenu v**

Very use full.. thank you

**Chez**

I was taught to say zero when speaking a phone number or zip code because "oh" is a letter.

**Clare**

Both are correct, although I think that it's more common to say "zero" in American English. In British English we also say "zero", but often say "oh".

**Alexander**

Very useful, I always have had a problem with pronunciation of dates and numbers. Going to learn it by heart :) Greetings from Russia and thanks!

**anil**

Thanks a lot, one detail is missing though, 1907 is pronounced as "nineteen oh seven"

**Timothy**

Very helpful....thank you vey much..........greetings from Zambia

**malak**

that was very helpful thanks

**Baback D.**

Thanks a lot, I've always had problems with pronouncing numbers. Best of wishes

**F?rid**

superb, great job

**Seth Awiakye**

Thanks a lot

**sammani**

I need to know how to pronounce 1900.?anyway thanks for others.

**Clare**

You say it as "nineteen hundred".

**Gulmira**

how to pronounce 243586?

**Clare**

Two hundred and forty-three thousand, five hundred and eighty six.

**Kvrrao**

Thanks

**Vishwakarma Ritesh**

very very very much thanksSir , can 1905 be pronounced as "nineteen o five"

**Clare**

Yes!

**OREST SIMON**

THANKS A LOT

**Glyn Anderson**

Oh or zero in a number? You can use either. Glenn Miller used both in his song Pennsylvania 65000. "Pennsylvania, six, five-thousand, Pennsylvania, six, five-oh-oh-oh"

**ALFREDO**

VERY GOOD EXPLANATIONS, THANKS.

**kamesh**

It is very useful to teach my students... Thank you very much

**Rajanikant**

What about 1908

**Clare**

"Nineteen - oh - eight."

**Milja**

Thanks a lot.This is really helpful.