Lesson 8e

Lesson 8e - Phone Numbers:
Another way we use numbers in everyday life

Level: Beginner
A lesson about how we speak about phone numbers with a pic of two Afican fellows on cell phones.
Lesson contents:
  • US phone format.
  • The use of "O" for zero.
  • More practice with possessives.

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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Phone Numbers

Watch this video, then click on Exercise 1

Same video with Precise Subtitles



Phone number practice and listening comprehension are featured here. Understanding a phone number spoken at normal speed seems fast, especially for beginners. It's almost as difficult as understanding someone spelling their name.

It's interesting to note that voice inflection is different when giving a phone number as opposed to reading off a list of lotto numbers for example. We catch the "music" of the phone number for both the British and American people interviewed in this lesson, while concentrating on listening comprehension.

There are probably hundreds if not thousands of ways to illustrate the use of numbers. We managed to illustrate three of the most common ones, including these phone numbers.