We always make sure students on our intensive English courses use the telephone in English during their stays with us. This includes ordering taxis to and from our accommodation and making reservations for our daily trips - always with our support of course!
During their stay, students will have to give others their phone number, and take other people's phone numbers multiple times, so what are the difficulties with this in English?
- Using 'Oh' instead of 'Zero' for the number 0.*
*'Oh' in this situation represents the vowel sound /əʊ/ For more information on pronunciation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh28z3q1CDw
- Saying double or triple numbers
We sometimes do the same for three numbers together and the word 'triple', for example 555666 would be 'triple five, triple six'.
So how do you say one of the most famous movie numbers of all time - James Bond 007?
'Double oh seven' of course: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3mUQT_Webk
- 0800 and 0300 numbers