How to say and write dates in English
Watching some videos, please
27th of March, 2012
“Of” is pronounced, but never written. Sometimes Americans pronounce “the” before 27th. It is also never written. Let us proceed to the next video taken from the documentary about the so-called “Dyatlov pass”:
Their journey started on the 25th of January as the group began traveling towards the village of Vizhai.
The transcript is written in spoken British English. In the written form it will look like “Their journey started on 25th January”. The following video is the beginning of the documentary about the ideal hijacking of an airplane and mysterious escaping with 200,000 dollars. American English:
In the afternoon of November the 24th, 1971 a middle-aged man carrying a briefcase, walked into Portland international airport and purchased a one-way ticket to Seattle, Washington.
The transcript, though, should be written this way: “In the afternoon of November 24th, 1971…”
One more example:
On the first of September, 2004 in this city (Beslan) in the state of North Ossetia-Alania a group of armed terrorists stormed a school.
North Ossetia-Alania is not a “state”. It is a republic of the Russian Federation.
The transcript should be written this way: “On 1st September, 2004 in this city (Beslan)…”
Going back to the USA:
Welcome to our viewers in the United States and all around the world. This is new day. It’s Wednesday, June 27th, 6 o’clock here in New York.
It was Easter Sunday, 2009 when 56-year old Doug White, his wife and two teenage daughters boarded a chartered King Air 200Turbopro.
Can you find the connection between the previous video and the next one?
If you want to bring everything into the system, try to memorize the following pictures:
If you find it all impossible to memorize, you are right. The only way is to constantly come across all these “months and years” in different sources. Interest to the air crashes can help:
January, 2009 US Airways Flight 1549 departs New York’s LaGuardia airport.
Better, though to develop interest in more serious issues:
June, 1981. Eight fighter jets are spotted in the sky over Baghdad preparing to attack. Their target – the pride and joy of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
Israel destroyed Iraq’s nuclear reactor under construction in June, 1981. The operation was called Operation Opera. Iranians also tried unsuccessfully to destroy the reactor one year later. France helped Saddam Hussein to repair the damage caused by the Iranian attack. Note that Israel and Iran are sworn enemies. In November 2020 Israelis assassinated an Iranian nuclear scientist… Try to understand one day all these connections, be attentive to the news and your brain will automatically memorize how to pronounce these dates . Most likely, it will be American English. Tastes differ, though…