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If you have a choice, how does Rebecca suggest you write the date?

Which is correct?

What do DD-MM-YY stand for?

Which is preferable?

You are filling out a visa form, which asks for your date of birth.
You were born in England on 6 January 1984.
The form asks you to write the date in this format: MM-DD-YY.
What should you write?

How would you write May 22, 1948 on a form that requests the information in this date format: DD-MM-YYYY ?

You work for a British company organizing an international conference for 3000 people in the US, on July 09, 2018.
Since the announcement didn't have much space, and the event is in New York, you decide to write the date in the American style as 07-09-18.
The next day, your boss is very angry, saying you have caused a lot of chaos! What did you do?

The International Organization of Standards (ISO) has NO official policy on how to write the date.

How do people usually say this date in the United States?
April 22, 1969

Sometimes, you have no choice of how to write the date.
In what kind of situations might you be asked to write the date in numbers alone?


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53 Comments on “How to read and write the date, and how NOT to!”


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Learned a lot.Thanks

Thursday, January 11th 2018

Hi Rebecca! Hungarians use the ISO 8601. :)
Great video thank you!

Thursday, January 11th 2018

In Italy we follow the British system. So today is 11th January 2018 or 11/01/2018.

Thursday, January 11th 2018

    Thanks for sharing! It’s so interesting to learn of the different time formats used around the world. It just emphasizes that we need to be careful, and preferably use words instead of numbers. All the best to you,Osrevinu.

    Thursday, January 11th 2018

      There is another interesting thing the date separator. In video there are two “-” and “/”, but in my country Slovenia we use “.” as date separator and we never (except of formal documents where required) write leading zero, so 11th January 2018 in Slovenia is written as 11.1.2018 (DD.M.YYYY).

      But I once have had a problem with Serbian they write spaces as date separator so “11 1 2018”.

      Monday, January 15th 2018

      Another interesting video would be the time. You know the AM/PM confusion. Another mess is time-zones. I like using UTC+1 it means London time plus one hour.

      Monday, January 15th 2018

        That’s a good idea, especially because in North America there are different names for the time zones. E. g. UTC-8 is “Pacific Standard Time”, because it’s the time zone for areas bordering the Pacific Ocean. Daylight Savings Time also complicates things.

        Monday, January 15th 2018

Got 09/10. ☺ I live in pakistan ,but I prefer to write the date in american standard like today is january 11,2018 while mostly people write in numbers what i see. Superb lesson rebecca.Best regards to you. Thank you so much!

Thursday, January 11th 2018

In Indian system, we usually use DD/MM/YYYY format but in some form, we are asked to write in MM/DD/YYYY format.

Thursday, January 11th 2018

cool topic
11/01/2018 Russia

Thursday, January 11th 2018

So nice. Thank you Teacher Rebecca

Thursday, January 11th 2018

Spain, 11/01/2018: thank you so much Rebecca, I really appreciate your lesson ;)
But be careful, as there were two mistakes on the board at 5.30 of the video. The last 2 of them were wrong. They had to be 1986-01-03 (YYYY-MM-DD) and 1986-03-01 (YYYY-DD-MM).
We all make mistakes ;)

Thursday, January 11th 2018

    Yes, I am sorry about that. Thank you for pointing it out. I had planned to write it in a different order! In any case, I am so glad you are paying attention closely. All the best to you.

    Thursday, January 11th 2018

Hello,
for this question : 3. What do DD-MM-YY stand for?

dog, monkey, yak
day, morning, yesterday
date, month, year
i think the DD is for the Day(not for date)!! :)

Thursday, January 11th 2018

    Hello. Day is used for days of the week, for example – Monday, whereas date – for data.

    Saturday, January 13th 2018

Thanks a lot Rebecca.it is really important to know how to read and write the date.

Thursday, January 11th 2018

In kuwait we follow the British system. So today is 11th January 2018 or 11/01/2018.

Thursday, January 11th 2018

Hi Rebecca I think you made a mistake in the video.
For jan 3 1986 You wrote YYYY-MM-DD equal 1986-03-01 instead of 1986-01-03 and YYYY-DD-MM equal 1986-01-03 instead of 1986-03-01

Thursday, January 11th 2018

    Yes, just checking that everyone was paying attention! Thank you, my friend. You are 100% right. All the best to you.

    Thursday, January 11th 2018

In France: 11/01/2018

Thursday, January 11th 2018

Thank you Rebecca! You are the best!

Thursday, January 11th 2018

In Brazil, today is eleven of January of two thousand and eighteen.

Thursday, January 11th 2018

In Brazil DD/MM/YY;
thanks for the lesson

Thursday, January 11th 2018

In Japan I usually use YYYY/MM/DD.

But generally, HY/MM/DD now.
H is stand for Heisei(an era name).

ex. H30/1/12 or H30-1-12 now.

I was confused this quiz. But it was good study for me.

Thank you, Rebecca :)

Thursday, January 11th 2018

Thanks to all of you for sharing the date format used in your country. Look at all the variation! Just emphasizes the importance of writing out the words whenever possible. Thanks for watching, learning, and playing along! My best to each of you.

Thursday, January 11th 2018

I’m very grateful for your help in your all lessons. …. in all Arabic country we write the date DD-MM-YYYY if the day or month one number write D-M-YYYY …. the Arabic write From right to left – — ex.
2018-1-التاريخ اليوم 10

Thursday, January 11th 2018

    I think you are now write it in Chinese form DD:.

    Monday, January 15th 2018

same Italy, In Vietnam we follow British system it meant the day have format: DD/MM/YYYY. but almost computers has default date is United States because they used window system, therefore there are many mistake when you use them special Excel it part of Office

Thursday, January 11th 2018

Very interresting that course ,but I don’t understand the différence here in the last question of the quiz: any and none?
Thank you very much.
Here in Québec it is not easy to know What is the best system. I appreciate the Iso 8601.

Thursday, January 11th 2018

In Armenia the format is DD.MM.YY

Friday, January 12th 2018

You are always teaching an important lesson! Thanks, Rebecca!go on!

Friday, January 12th 2018

thank you for your video it was great

Friday, January 12th 2018

dear teacher the lesson was very intersting
thank u so much.

Friday, January 12th 2018

In Brazil:
DD/MM/YYYY
Thank you, Rebecca!

Friday, January 12th 2018

Last question of the quiz,WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE

IN BETWEEN ANY AND NONE ??????

THANKS

Friday, January 12th 2018

    Any = in ALL of the first three options (government forms, checks AND job applications).

    None = all first three options are wrong (NOT used for government forums, NOT used for checks, NOT used for job applications).

    Monday, January 15th 2018

Thank you Rebecca.
12/01/2018
The twelfth of January two thousand and eighteen.

Friday, January 12th 2018

thank you.interesting. not when you do not think about this

Friday, January 12th 2018

in Latvia – dd.mm.yyyy

Friday, January 12th 2018

great lesson!

Friday, January 12th 2018

You have forgotten Africa miss Rubbica

Friday, January 12th 2018

In Brazil today is 13/01/2018

Saturday, January 13th 2018

Thank you for your excellent explanation.

Saturday, January 13th 2018

Thank you so much for your impressive explanation.

Saturday, January 13th 2018

You’re perfectly right: even if it seems nothing, a wrong starting point, such as misunderstanding a date, could lead to a real disaster!
Greetings from Italy.

Sunday, January 14th 2018

Macedonia DD/MM/YYYY. So today is 14/01/2018

Sunday, January 14th 2018

thank you alot for flush out my confusion

Monday, January 15th 2018

thanks a lot .

Monday, January 15th 2018

Thank you very much.Interesting and usefull video. I love all your lessons.

Monday, January 15th 2018

I think there is a mistake in video about date separators. In Japan they use YYYY/MM/DD, but ISO 8601 standard explicitly states there should be dash used as date separator.

Japan: 2018/01/18
ISO: 2018-01-18

Monday, January 15th 2018

Thank you Rebecca.

Morocco : DD-MM-YYYY

Tuesday, January 16th 2018

Thank you. I would never think how much important to know correct date format for each country. Also, I hadn’t known about the third ISO option of date format.
In Ukraine today 17-01-2018 and 17 January 2018

Wednesday, January 17th 2018

Thank you, Rebecca, very much for your lession. It is very useful for me. The Vietnamese date format is: DD-MM-YYYY and so the date today is written as 17-01-2018.

Wednesday, January 17th 2018
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