How to Read Any Number in English
Counting in English can be difficult because large number units are counted quite differently between English and Japanese.
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Counting numbers in English is easy. You. just have to remember what the commas mean.
Let’s examine a number:
Before trying to read the number, count the zeros from the right. In the above case we have two.
Comma 1 (from the right) is called “thousand”
Comma 2 (from the right) is called “million”
Read from the left.
Important: Only read in groups of hundred until you get to a comma. Then read the name of the comma. Then repeat with the next group of hundred.
We read the above number like this:
One hundred, twenty (first group of hundred)
“million” (first comma from the left)
Five hundred, eighty (second group of hundred)
“thousand” (second comma from the left)
Six hundred, thirty-five.
120,580,635 = One hundred, twenty million, five hundred, eighty thousand, six hundred, thirty-five.