Telling Time in English – 100K Subscribers Celebration Video!
Hi everyone! This is Abbe, from MosaLingua.
Today’s video is all about dates and times. Plus I have some very exciting
news to share… stay tuned! First things first: I’d like to
thank all of our amazing subscribers on behalf of the entire MosaLingua team,
because you just helped us hit a huge milestone! If you watched my last video
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about language, motivation, learning tips and hacks and more every week. I really
hope you’ll join us. Now, onto today’s topic. Vocabulary about dates and times
is super useful to know in any language, including English. We use this vocab all
the time: to set up meetings, dates, appointments and talk about other
important events. There are a few things you should know about dates in English.
Be careful: in the US, unlike in most of the rest of the world, we usually say the
month first, then the day, then the year, like this: 12/17/1903.
The Wright brothers flew their first successful airplane flight on December 17th, 1903. If you want to
add the day of the week, that comes first, like this: Thursday, May 1st. I put
some links in the video description in case you need a reminder of the days and
months in English or want to know some interesting facts about how they were
named. Bigger numbers tend to give learners some trouble, but years are
actually much easier than you think. Generally, when talking about a year,
English speakers read the first two numbers as a single unit and then the
second two numbers as another unit. Here’s an example: the United States was
founded in this year. The first two numbers are one and seven, so I’ll say 17.
The second two are seven and six, so I’ll say 76. Put it all together: 1776.
If there’s a zero in the third spot, we read that as “oh.” So, actress Katharine Hepburn
was born in 1907. The exception is for the early 2000s. We don’t say “20 oh
six.” We say “two thousand and six.” After 2009, the previous rule applies again. Right now it’s “two thousand nineteen”
or “twenty nineteen.” For centuries, you can refer to the 1500s, which is the same thing as the
sixteenth century. For decades, you can refer to the nineteen twenties, for example, which are
also known as the Roaring Twenties in the US. Now that you have your date set,
you can get into the specifics. Time! First of all, the United States uses a
twelve-hour system. So, if you tell someone to meet you at 18 o’clock, they
won’t know when to show up. Even if you use the correct expression, 18 hundred hours,
you’ll probably get some funny looks because that is what we call military
time. I recommend sticking to A.M. and P.M. As a reminder, 3 A.M. is in the
morning and 3 P. M. is in the afternoon. We commonly refer to 12
A.M. as midnight and 12 P.M. as noon. When it comes to minutes, in school you
may have learned expressions like “quarter to,” “quarter after,” “half past,” etc.
As a reminder, if you say that it’s “10 to” or “10 ’til 8,” that means it’s
7:50. If you say that it’s “a quarter past” or “a quarter after 2,” that means it’s
2:15. If it’s exactly 6:00, you can say that it’s “6 o’clock” or “6 on the
dot.” It you really want to sound like a native speaker, you can drop the hour
altogether. It’s “5 ’til,” or it’s “10 after.” But if these are confusing for you, you
don’t need to bother with them. It’s just as common to say “I get off work at 5:15”
as it is to say “I get off at quarter past five.” So now you have everything you
need to talk about dates and times in English. This week, challenge yourself to
use some of the new phrases you learned in conversation. See you again soon and
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