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Numbers in movies UNIT 3 - part of lesson G
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Here are movie clips (mostly AmE) where they say numbers. This activity is not easy, but try to understand some of the numbers you hear. When you understand a number, write it down, that will help you keep concentration and, if you're working with other students, you can compare results. Can you find the logic in the results?
Before watching the video read the pronunciation tips in Explanations.

After watching the video look at the answres at the KEY.


PRONUNCIATION TIPS AmE

Some numbers may be especially difficult for you to understand. Most of the numbers here are in American English, often in colloquial pronunciation, so here are some clues to help you understand:

Pronunciation in colloquial American English

--> (standard AmE and colloquial BrE) When T goes between vowels (or between R and a vowel) it is pronounced like a quick D (like the Spanish R in "cara"):

THIRTY sounds like "thirdy"
FORTY sounds like "fordy"
EIGHTY sounds like "eidy"

--> (only in colloquial AmE) When T goes after N, some American people don't pronounce it:

TWENTY may sound like "twenny"
SEVENTY may sound like "sevenny"
NINETY may sound like "niny"

20 30 100
99 100
98
97
96
95 106
94 94
93
92
91
90
89 2
88
87 7
86
85
84
83
82 82 82
82
81
80 18
79
35 38 78
40 52 25 77
76 76 ...
75
74
73
72
71
70
69 69
68
67
66
65
64
15 63
62
61
16 60
59
57 58
57
55 56
55
54
53
52 1 1 1 49
51
48
49 48
47
46
44 45
44
43
42
41
40
39
38
37
36 36
35
34
33
32 32 5 20
31
30 30
29
28
27
26
50 25
24 24
23
22 22
21 5
20
19-47 18
18
17
16
15
100 90 14
13
12
11
10
9
8 8 8 8
4.5 (four and a half) 7
6
5
4
3
2 (he says: two too many)
1 1 1

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Yes, the scenes were ordered from 100 down to 1!

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