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• Hello everyone, and welcome back to English with Lucy.

• Today, I am going to correct an error that many of you have been making.

• I'm gonna tell you how to say and write dates properly.

• Now, the main thing that confuses people is the difference between American dates and British dates.

• Americans will say the month first, then the day, then the year.

• British people, however, will say the day first, then the month, then the year.

• So, that's the main difference.

• I would say my date of birth is the 10th of June 1994.

• Americans would say June 10th 1994.

• Now, another error that people make is, they get confused between cardinal and ordinal numbers.

• Here are the cardinal numbers: one, two, three, four, five.

• Then, we have the ordinal numbers: first, second, third, fourth, fifth.

• See the difference?

• Cardinal, ordinal.

• Now, the abbreviation of ordinal numbers are as follows: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and so on.

• And we will always use this format when writing out dates in full.

• It's very rare to see an unabbreviated ordinal number in a written date.

• It's just a waste of space, like many things on this planet.

• Another error is that students often forget that we write months with a capital letter.

• Make sure you fully understand the pronunciation of the months of the year.

• If you have any doubts about how to learn pronunciation, you can see this video in the card above.

• January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.

• Which month is your favorite?

• Comment below and tell me why.

• So, that is how you write the date.

• In English, the 10th of June 1994, and in American, June 10th 1994.

• Now, did you hear me when I read out the British version?

• It's written "10th June 1994", but I said the 10th of June 1994.

• So, you don't need to write "the" and "of", but you do need to say it.

• If you say, "Um, my birthday is 10th June 1994," it sounds a bit weird; it sounds a bit forced and unnatural.

• So, you want to say, "My birth date is the 10th of June 1994."

• In American English, this is not essential.

• My birthday is June 10th 1994.

• Now, something else that people tend to get really confused is how to say years.

• With years before the millennium, 1994, we know that we split it up into 2 sections: 18, 25; 10, 66; 10, 66, for example.

• Now, when we get past the year 2000, it starts to get a little bit more complicated.

• Now, there are two acceptable ways of saying the dates.

• You can say twenty and then the number.

• Although, with the years before 2010, you want to say: o, nine.

• So you would say, twenty o eight, twenty o nine, twenty ten.

• Otherwise, if you say twenty nine, it sounds like the number 29.

• So, you need to say twenty o nine.

• I, however, prefer to say the full number.

• I like to say: two thousand and seventeen.

• The important thing that you must remember is the "and".

• It is absolutely essential that you include the "and" when you say a date starting with the year 2000.

• Two thousand and one, two thousand and ten, two thousand and seventeen.

• Now, did you hear I say "n", "n"?

• I just add an extra syllable and go "en", "en".

• Two thousand "en" one, two thousand "en" seventeen; so I'm using the schwa sound.

• Two thousand "en" seventeen, two thousand "en" twelve.

• So, there you have it!

• So, there you have ityour definitive guide on how to read dates in English.

• I hope that was useful for you; I hope you learned something.

• Don't forget to connect with me on all of my social media.

• You've got my Instagram and my Facebook where I host a free live pronunciation lesson every Sunday at 4:30 GMT.

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• I will see you soon for another lesson.

Hello everyone, and welcome back to English with Lucy.

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# DATES & YEARS in British & American English

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Jin posted on 2022/10/02
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