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  • Hello, I'm Oli. Welcome to Oxford Online English. Let me ask you a question: "When is your birthday?"

  • This is a simple question, but many English learners can't answer without making a mistake.

  • This is because reading dates in English, saying months and years and dates, is quite

  • complicated. In this lesson, we're going to look at how you can read dates in English.

  • Let's start with an example. So you see this. How can you say it? Actually, there are two

  • possibilities. You can say: "November the fourteenth," or: "The fourteenth of November."

  • Let's do one more example. You see this. How can you say it? Again, the same two ways:

  • "September the thirtieth," or: "The thirtieth of September." You can see that we don't normally

  • write these words, 'the' and 'of', but we do say them. You might sometimes hear native

  • speakers read dates without 'the', especially in American English. If you aren't sure, it's

  • better to use 'the'. Next, let's look at years. What about years? Let's look at five years

  • and I want you to think about how you could say them. Think about your answers. Pause

  • the video for a moment, and work out your answers if you aren't sure. Ok? Let's look.

  • We say: "Nineteen hundred," "Nineteen oh two," "Nineteen eighty," "Two thousand and one,"

  • "Two thousand and ten," or "Twenty ten." We need different rules for years before and

  • after two thousand. So for years before 2000, if the year ends in '00', use hundreds not

  • thousands. So say: "nineteen hundred," not "one thousand nine hundred." If the year ends

  • in '01', '02', '03' etc., pronounce 'zero' as 'oh', and don't say hundred. So we say

  • "nineteen oh one," "eighteen oh two," "seventeen oh five" and so on. If the year ends in a

  • number bigger than ten, say the year in two parts. For example: "eighteen twenty," "nineteen

  • fifty-five," or "nineteen ninety-nine." For years after 2000, we need different rules.

  • For the years 2000-2009, use the full number. "Two thousand," "Two thousand and one," "Two

  • thousand and two," etc. For the years 2010-2019, you can choose: you can say the full number

  • - you can say "Two thousand and ten," or you can say the year in two parts: "Twenty ten."

  • The same is true for all of these years, so you can say: "Twenty eleven," or "Two thousand

  • and eleven." They're both ok. For 2020 and after, you can still choose to say the year

  • in two parts, or say the full number, but saying the year in two parts will be more

  • common. So "Twenty twenty" will be more common than "Two thousand and twenty," although both

  • are ok. Sometimes we shorten dates and use a short form. For example, we often shorten

  • years from the recent past by just reading the last two numbers of the year. For example:

  • you can say "eighty-one" for 1981, like: "My brother was born in eighty-one." 2001 could

  • become "oh-one": "I graduated in oh-one." 1999 could be "ninety-nine," like: "She started

  • working here in ninety-nine." We also sometimes shorten months by using the number of the

  • month instead of the name. So if your birthday is the 20th of June, 1989, you could read

  • it as: "Twentieth of the sixth, eighty-nine." This is very common especially when giving

  • information on the phone, or in a bank, in a shop, something like that, people use this

  • quite often. Ok, that's the end of the lesson. I hope it was useful for you. If you're watching

  • this on YouTube, I suggest you check out the full lesson on our website. The full lesson

  • includes a text and exercises to help you practise this topic. But that's all. Thanks

  • again very much for watching, and I'll see you next time. Bye bye!

Hello, I'm Oli. Welcome to Oxford Online English. Let me ask you a question: "When is your birthday?"


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如何閱讀英語中的日期 - 英語口語課程 (How To Read Dates In English - Spoken English Lesson)

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