Lesson 8d

Date formats in the US & UK

Level: Beginner
A pic of a calendar and man with things for the guy to do on certain dates.
Lesson contents:
  • Ordinal numbers and months.
  • Complete & partial dates (Jan.15th, March 1st, 2014).
  • Use of "in" and "on" (in February, on February 29th).
  • American vs International date formats.
  • Birthdays and birth dates.
  • Days of the week.

Always watch the video several times without subtitles first. Train your ears! Your pronunciation will be much better if you follow this simple rule.

Exercises for this lesson:
How to do the lessons:
  1. Watch the video without subtitles.
  2. Do all the Exercises.
  3. Come back to this page.
  4. Watch the video with English Subtitles. Use the Pause button. People speak fast!

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Dates - Using Numbers, continued

Watch this video, then click on Exercise 1

Same video with Precise Subtitles:



The dates lesson has turned out to be unexpectedly rich. We were simply lucky that the interviewees used language which illustrates the most useful "date vocabulary" items which exist, all accessible to beginners. For example, an American fellow told us that his birthday is on "7-5-55", using the digital format to show us he meant July 5th, and not May 7th, in contrast to people in most other countries in the world. Other interviewees used "in" for months only (of course), and "on" for complete dates. One young lady missed her boyfriend's birthday a week before we interviewed them, which happens to fall on Valentine's day.

All in all, "date filming" turned out to be most serendipitous, providing us with a lot of excellent natural material for this lesson.