Is it 13 or 30?

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Today let’s look at a very simple mistake which some of my students kept making for a very long time.

Many people mispronounce numbers that end with -teen or -ty. They read numbers like 30 as thirteen and 13 as thirty. Today we’ll try dealing with this issue by looking at why the numbers between 13 and 19 end with teen:

I tell my students that when we talk about people that are between 13 and 19 years old, we call them teenagers. So, when we say their age, it always ends with -teen.


Let’s practice this by doing a short activity below.

For many people, their teenage years are the happiest years in their lives.
What about you? What’s your most vivid memory of your teenage years?
Leave a comment below and have a great weekend! 🙂

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