HOW TO PRONOUNCE NUMBERS AND DATES


 IN ENGLISH

 
 

 

Number in English

Sound in English

1. one

uan - a of Arsenal

2. two

too - oo of Liverpool

3. three

three - ee of Leeds, i of Sri Lanka

4. four

for - o of Tokio or Ohio

5. five

faiv - ai of Mumbai

6. six

siks - i of Liverpool

7. seven

seven - e of Everton

8. eight

at - a of usa

9. nine

nain - ai of Mumbai

10. ten

ten - e of Everton

11. eleven

eleven - e of Everton

12. twelve

tuelv - e of Everton

13. thirteen

i of Liverpool, ee of Leeds

14. fourteen

as at 4. 'teen' is always ee of Leeds

15. fifteen

i of Liverpool

16. sixteen

siksteen - i of Liverpool

17. seventeen

seventeen - e of Everton

18. eighteen

 ei = a of USA

19. nineteen

nainteen - ai of Mumbai

20. twenty

tuene (USA) tuente (rest of the world)

 

The emphasis is on the first syllable on all numbers.

 

In American English the ‘t’ is not pronounced in: ‘twenty’, ‘thirty’, forty’, 'seventy' y 'ninety'.

'Eighty' is 'ara' (a of USA). We show both versions here: American y (;) the rest of the world.

 

30. thirty

thira (a of USA); thirta

31. thirty one

thira uan; thirta uan

32.

 thira too; thirta two and so on

 

 

40. forty

fora (a of USA as in ALL these numbers); forta

41. forty one

fora uan; forta uan

 

 

50. fifty

fifta

51. fifty one

fifta uan

 

 

60. sixty

siksta

61. sixty one

siksta uan

 

70. seventy

sevena; seventa

71. seventy one

sevena uan; seventa uan

 

 

80. eighty

ara; ata

81. eighty one

ara uan; ata uan

 

90. ninety

naina; nainta

91. ninety one

naina uan; nainta uan

 

 

100. A hundred, one hundred

a handred, uan handred* - a of Arsenal

101. A hundred one; a hundred and one

a handred uan; a handred and uan

 

*Both versions are acceptable: they follow the rules in Definite and Indefinite Article in English.

 

 PRONUNCIATION OF DATES IN ENGLISH

When we express a date we say the century and year in pairs. So:

 

1776 is

seventeen seventy six

1849

eighteen forty nine

1954

nineteen fifty four

1999

nineteen ninety nine

2003

two thousand (and) three

2006

two thousand (and) six

  

Note that in North America the ‘and’ is NOT used, so they say,

 two thousand one, two thousand two, and so on.

Subject to that, for dates after 2000 (‘two thousand’ or ‘the year two thousand’ to be clear) the practice is to use:

two thousand and one

two thousand and two

two thousand and three

two thousand and four

The century dates continue up to two thousand nine (2009) then change to:

twenty ten, twenty eleven, twenty twelve (USA) and/or 'two thousand and ten',

'two thousand and eleven'. Both versions are acceptable.

   

This expression (using twenty) is also used in North American English for the earlier dates 2001 to 2009 but this can cause confusion because ‘twenty-two’ ‘twenty-three’ ‘twenty-four’ sound like the numbers ‘22’ ’23’ and ‘24’.

If you use ‘two thousand and two’ or ‘two thousand two’ your meaning will be clear.

 

Specific dates:

in North America the practice is to say the month first, then the day, then the year. Thus:

April twenty, 1998 is written: 4/20/1998

May thirty, 2004 is written: 5/30/2004

In most of the rest of the English-speaking world the practice is usually to express the day first, then the month: 

Twentieth of April 1998 is written: 20/4/1998

Thirtieth of May 2004 is written 30/5/2004.

Note that in North American English the day is expressed as a primary number (twenty, thirty) whereas the rest of the English-speaking world uses the ordinal numbers (twentieth, thirtieth).