 # 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