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How to Express Fractions in English

Teacher: Robin    Runtime: 4:56     Series: Beginner 2      icon-heart Donate     
[junkie-tabs] [junkie-tab title=”Video Information”] This numbers video will teach you about expressing fractions in English.  Fractions can be very difficult and confusing, but I hope this video will help you. [/junkie-tab][junkie-tab title=”한글”] 이 숫자 관련 동영상은 분수를 영어로 표현하는 것에 대하여 가르쳐 줍니다. 분수는 매우 어렵고 혼란스러울 수도 있습니다. 하지만 이 동영상 자료가 여러분들의 이해를 도울 수 있기를 바랍니다. [/junkie-tab][junkie-tab title=”Script”] [Part 1]

Hello, everyone.

In this video, we’re going to talk about fractions.


Now fractions are a little bit difficult to express in English.

So I hope this video will help you understand how to express them in English.


So, I wrote a few fractions here.

Of course, this is not all the possible fractions.

This is just a few to help you understand how to express fractions.


So these are fractions.

And it doesn’t matter.

The line is this way or this way.

Alright, so I’m going to go through the first one here.

And this is probably the most common fraction.

Ok, so we eexpress this as “one half” or “a half”.


So as I said, it’s very common “half”.

The next one…is, uhhh, “one third”.

“One third.”

Alright, do you remember the ordinal numbers we studied in the previous video?

The ordnial numbers are “first, second, third”.

Well you have to use those here.

So this is “one-three.”?


This is “One-third.”

So, “A half.”


And the next one is also very common.

It’s a very common fraction.



It has a special name.

If you see this, this is “one-quarter” or “a quarter”.


So, “A half, one-third, a quarter.”

The next line.

Now, we have “one-third” and you see “two-third”?

Well, ‘one’ is single.

It’s only one.

But two is plural.

So, we don’t say “two-third”.

We have to say “two-thirds”.

Ok, we have to add an ‘s’ at the end.

So, “one-third….two-thirds.”

Alright, and let’s go on to the next one.

So, “two-fifths.”



The next line, I’m starting with three and, oh, we have the four.

So this is, uhhh, ‘one-quarter’.

This is “three-quarters”.


This has an ‘s’.

This has no ‘s’ cause it’s singular.


“Three- quarters.”


What’s this?



They’re very difficult to pronounce.

I know.

Takes a lot of practice.



The last line.

What’s this?


Ok, this is very difficult to pronounce.


And the last one.

Ok, sometimes fractions are expressed with a ‘whole’ number.

So we would say, “two and nine-tenths”.


“Two and nine-tenths.”

So you would have to put an ‘and’ in there.


So, uhhh, I hope this helps you understand how to express fractions.

Uhhh, let’s do a little bit more practice with our listening.

3:44 [Part 2 – Example Sentences]

Alright, so here’s a couple of example sentences.

Ahhh, the first one.

“Four-fifths or Canadians speak English.”
“Four-fifths or Canadians speak English.”

Alright, let’s look at number two.

“One-third of Korean men smoke.”
“One-third of Korean men smoke.”

Alright, number three.

“I went to a quarter of my English classes.”
“I went to a quarter of my English classes.”

And the last example.

“My shoe size is ten and a half.”
“My shoe size is ten and a half.”

4:37 [Part 3]

Alright, so that’s fractions.

I know, uhhh, it’s a little confusing and difficult, but I’m sure, with some self-study, and practice, you’ll know it very well.


See you next video.

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