How to Say Years in English
How do people say years in English? For ESL learners, it is confusing and a little complicated. Let's take the year 2013 for example. Most people would read two thousand thirteen or two thousand and thirteen. Some may read twenty thirteen. Basically, we tend to read four-digit years as a pair of 2-digit numbers. For example, 1997 is nineteen ninety-seven. We read three- digit years as a pair or the way we count money. 763 is seven sixty-three or seven hundredn and sixty three.
Listen and Practice
BC means before Christ. AD is the abbreviation of Anno Domini. 1970s means a period of ten years (a decade) from 1970 to 1979. We try to list the most common ways to read years. We hope that you will have a better understanding of reading years in English. To improve your listening, please listen over and over again.
Playing all sound and repeatedly
01.
2013 (1) two thousand thirteen (2) two thousand and thirteen
    (3) twenty thirteen
02.
2010 (1) two thousand ten (2) two thousand and ten (3) twenty ten
03.
2008 (1) two thousand eight (2) two thousand and eight
04.
2000 two thousand
05.
1997 nineteen ninety-seven
06.
1981 nineteen eighty-one
07.
1945 nineteen forty-five
08.
1902 (1) nineteen oh two (2) nineteen hundred (and) two
09.
1900 nineteen hundred
10.
1327 thirteen twenty-seven
11.
1200 twelve hundred
12.
1106 (1) eleven oh six (2) eleven hundred (and) six
13.
1043 (1) ten forty-three (2) one thousand (and) forty-three
14.
1005 (1) ten oh five (2) one thousand (and) five
15.
1000 one thousand
16.
800 eight hundred
17.
763 (1) seven sixty-three (2) seven hundred (and) sixty-three
18.
504 (1) five oh four (2) five hundred (and) four
19.
5 BC (1) five BC (2) the year five BC / BC = Before Christ
20.
5 AD (1) five AD (2) the year five / AD = Anno Domini
21.
1970s (1) nineteen seventies (2) the seventies
22.
1980s (1) nineteen eighties (2) the eighties
23.
People said the world would end on December 21, 2012.
24.
Christopher Columbus discovered America on October 12, 1492.
25.
The U.S. declared independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776.
26.
She’s been teaching English in Tokyo since 1999.
27.
A: When were you born?
    B: I was born on December 25, 1992.
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