Beginner English 2-23

How to Express English Phone Numbers

Teacher: Robin    Runtime: 6:59     Series: Beginner 2      icon-heart Donate     
[junkie-tabs] [junkie-tab title=”Video Information”] This numbers video will teach you how to express phone numbers in English.  It is important to get phone numbers right.  This video will help you. [/junkie-tab][junkie-tab title=”한글”] 이 숫자관련 동영상은 전화번호를 영어로 어떻게 표현하는지 가르쳐 줍니다. 전화번호를 올바르게 받는 것은 중요하며 이 동영상이 여러분을 도와 줄 것입니다. [/junkie-tab][junkie-tab title=”Script”] [Part 1]

Hello, everyone.

In this video, we are going to talk about how to express your phone number.


So, here’s the question.

“What’s your phone number?”

“What’s your phone number?”

Very important question.

And the first number I wrote here is very big.


It has many parts.

So, let’s look at the first part.

The first part here is called your ‘country code’.


So, the country code of Korea is ‘eighty-two’.

So if someone is calling from another country, they have to put your country code ‘eighty-two’.

Ahhh… in Canada and the U.S.A., the country code is ‘one’.

The next is the ‘area code’.

Now, in Korea I don’t think there’s an area code ‘fifty-seven’.

But, there….Seoul has an area code of ‘zero two’.

And I think Busan… the area code of Busan is ‘five one’.

So if your calling to a specific city, you should put the area code.


And then, the number.

So to express numbers, you just say the number.

So this is, “eight-two, five-seven, two-five-three, six-one-two-one”.

Ok, very express a number.

Let’s look at a mobile phone number.

This is “zero-one-seven”.

I don’t want you to call real phone numbers.

So this is just example phone numbers.

So we would express, “zero-one-seven”.


Now if you remember, “zero”, we can also express as “oh”.

So, “zero-one-seven.”



Both are ok.

And again, you have to be very careful with “oh” because “oh” sounds like five in Korean.

Alright, so, if someone says “oh”, don;t write down ‘five’; write down ‘zero’.

Ok, so, “Zero-one-seven, three-four-four-two, four-six-six-six.”

Ok, that’s the phone number.

“Zero-one-seven, three-four-four-two, four-six-six-six.”

Ok, now there’s and easier way that a native speaker would express this number.

If you look here.

There are two ‘fours’.


So a native speaker…ahh… well they might say, “three-four-four-two”.

That’s fine.

But another way…

“Three…” and we would say, “double four”.

Cause there’s two ‘fours’.

That’s double.

So “three- double four-two.”

Ok, so that’s another way to express that number.

And if you look over here.


That’s fine to express the number that way.

But if you see three ‘sixes’, that’s triple, so you could say, “four- triple six”.

Ok, so, “What’s your phone number?”

“Zero-one-seven, three- double four, two-four- triple six”.

“Zero-one-seven, three- double four, two-four- triple six”.

Ok, that’s another way to express that number.

Let’s move on to the last one.

The last one is a nightmare…because it has ‘five’ and ‘oh’.

Many ‘fives’ and ‘oh’ to get confused.

Don’t get confused.

So, this number…

“Oh-one-seven, five-oh-five-oh, oh-five-five-oh.”


“Oh-one-seven, five-oh-five-oh, oh-five-five-oh.”

Alright, so if you don’t want to be confused, you could say, “zero-one-seven, five-zero-five-zero, zero-five-five-zero.”

So, again, you can say, “oh”, or “zero”.

Alright, so that’s how to express a phone number.

Let’s do a little test.

A little listening test right now.

I want you to listen to some phone numbers.

4:35 [Part 2 – Listening Test]

Ok, so there are four numbers here I’m going to ask you.

The first one.

Listen carefully.

“Zero-one-seven, five-six-three-four, seven-four-five-four.”
“Zero-one-seven, five-six-three-four, seven-four-five-four.”

Ok, should look like this.

Number two.

“Zero-one seven, one-six-five-seven, four-five-six-five.”
“Zero-one seven, one-six-five-seven, four-five-six-five.”

Ok, it should look like this.

Number three.

“Zero-one seven, five-oh-oh-five, oh-oh-five-oh.”
“Zero-one seven, five-oh-oh-five, oh-oh-five-oh.”

Ok, should look like this.

And the last number.

“Zero-one seven, double two- double three, triple five- one.”
“Zero-one seven, double two- double three, triple five- one.”

Ok, that one was difficult.

It should look like this.

6:20 [Part 3]

Ok, so that’s how you express phone numbers.

ok, again, if you want to know someone’s phone number, yyou just ask the question, “What’s your phone number?”.

And if someone asks you for your phone number, you just answer, “It’s…”.

And then you say the numbers.


So, that’s it for phone numbers.

Ahh…before I go, I would like to tell you my phone number, so you can call me anytime of the day, or night to ask me English questions.

So, “my phone number is zero-one-zero, four-seven”.

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