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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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156 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

    Great! So glad I could help you. My best wishes to you, vickeaz.

    Saturday, February 10th 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

        “@But I once have had a problem with Serbian they write spaces as date separator so “11 1 2018”.“
        I cant bealive….always problems with Serbian…..Serbian never ever write date in that way!

        Friday, January 19th 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

      OMG! Imagine those dates were on a can of beans, you might have hurt yourself. haha!

      Saturday, January 20th 2018

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:
Thank you, Rebecca!

Friday, January 12th 2018

Last question of the quiz,WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE



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.
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

Thanks Rebecca..

Tuesday, January 16th 2018

In Brazil we follow the British system

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

Hi, in Brasil we follow the DD/MM/YYYY system. So today is 17th January 2018 or 17/01/2018. Thank you.

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

Thank you Rebecca :D

Thursday, January 18th 2018

hi everybody

Thursday, January 18th 2018

thank you Rebbeca for lesson

Thursday, January 18th 2018

Thank you, Rebecca.
We follow the yyyy/MM/dd format in China.
I have learned that is the ISO 8601 format.
Today is Thursday 2018/01/18.

Thursday, January 18th 2018

Thank you a lot, this is a great lesson. In Argentina we use DD/MM/YY.

Thursday, January 18th 2018

Hoje é 18 de janeiro de 2018 – Today’s Wednesday 18 January 2018.

Thursday, January 18th 2018

Thank you, Rebecca!!!!

Friday, January 19th 2018

Very useful information, thanks so much! And it’s funny, from all the days of the year the 1st of August was chosen – my birthday :D

Saturday, January 20th 2018

Hi,Rebecca…Can you explain me the difference between Aldo,too and as well?

Sunday, January 21st 2018

    Also, too and as well

    Sunday, January 21st 2018

Thank you Rebecca,You always teach us useful things.

Sunday, January 21st 2018

I’m from Saudi Arabia and we use the dd\mm\yyyy format

Sunday, January 21st 2018

It is cool the way you teach, rebecca.

Monday, January 22nd 2018

Thank you teacher, it is a great topic I learn very much with each lesson.

Wednesday, January 24th 2018

In India as you mentioned we follow British system, and today’s date is 1/2/2018 – 1st Feb 2018

Wednesday, January 31st 2018

In Ukraine: DD.MM.YY

Wednesday, January 31st 2018

السلام عليكم

Hi Rebecca
Thanks for the best way to learning English

Thursday, February 1st 2018

HI.Great Video and Great Performance.

Friday, February 2nd 2018

Thanks you for this quiz. am learning a lot with you!

Saturday, February 3rd 2018

a thorough explanation, thanks

Sunday, February 4th 2018


Monday, February 5th 2018

Hi Rebeca. I really like your lesson. thanks

Monday, February 5th 2018

Hi! In Brazil we use the date in format DD-MM-YY, but I think that the most of Brazilian people know that in another countries, the people use in this format MM-DD-YY.

Wednesday, February 7th 2018

Thanks…so Thanks for your efforts. Great Work.

Wednesday, February 7th 2018

year, the word plus number is the best way to express the date.

Friday, February 9th 2018

thanks so much, learnt a lot,

Saturday, February 10th 2018

Thank you very much for your comprehensive lecture. In Myanmar, we usually follow British system.

Saturday, February 10th 2018

Thanks to all of you who took the time to share your comments and the date format in your country. Such an important point! I wish you all the best.

Saturday, February 10th 2018

Hi Rebecca,

I have a question about writing the dates. Is it true that it’s perfectly acceptable to separate the items in a date by using a dot (full stop)like this:

11. February 2018 (or:)

A substitute teacher told us so the other day, even though all other teachers that I’ve had before said that you don’t use dots in dates in English. Now I’m confused.

Thank you very much, also for all the other videos that you have made. They are great.


Sunday, February 11th 2018

Many thanks,

Monday, February 12th 2018

It’s my pleasure I have been listening you in this video it was valuable lecture .
Thanks again ,,,,
Our time format in Saudi Arabia it’s UK

Monday, February 12th 2018

In Egypt as you mentioned we follow British system, and today’s date is 12/2/2018 – 12th Feb 2018
Thanks Rebecca …

Monday, February 12th 2018

Thank you so much Rebeca
Im new here and I really need learn business English for job
How could I improve myself during the short term?

Tuesday, February 13th 2018

This information is really usefull. Teacher can you tell me how to know what english level I am? Do you have an english level test or something like so?

Wednesday, February 14th 2018

    PD: I’m from Colombia and here the time format is DD/MM/YYYY

    Wednesday, February 14th 2018

In Philippines the Date today is February 16, 2018.Thanks rebecca for the lesson.i never knew that writing a date is very interesting :)Godbless

Thursday, February 15th 2018

9 out of 10

Thursday, February 15th 2018

i loved your lessons, it’s very useful .. thank you

Saturday, February 17th 2018

HI,Rebecca!Could you please explain the differences between This and It?

Monday, February 19th 2018

i never imagined that tha date was a Big problem but now i recognize it and i understand the Lesson well, thank you

Sunday, February 25th 2018

Thank you Rebecca. You’re awesome !

Wednesday, February 28th 2018

Very Cool!

Sunday, March 11th 2018

Wow! I was really surprised that russian, indian and british have the same date standart!
So today is 16.03.18 – 16 March 2018 in Russia!

Friday, March 16th 2018

Thank you

Saturday, March 17th 2018

Great lesson Rebecca! Glad to see it. There is a mistake, but I saw that other guy has already mentioned. I gonna keep viewing yours lessons!

Saturday, March 17th 2018

Hihihi your right. Here in Philippines we common use mm-dd-yyyy a lot. Hihihi :D thanks for informative lesson..Now I know why sometimes the date was ramble, the way we write it, when we fill up any form here in Philippines.

Sunday, March 18th 2018

Thank you for the lesson!
In Belarus we use ‘british’ variant with point as separator.
Today is 23.03.2018 or 23 March 2018.

Friday, March 23rd 2018

You got 8 correct out of 10.


Sunday, March 25th 2018


Sunday, March 25th 2018

I got 10 correct out of 10. Thank you Rebeca. I think the lesson is very useful.

Friday, April 6th 2018

thank you 👍

Tuesday, April 17th 2018

thanks Rebecca got 10 on second attempt

Wednesday, April 18th 2018

Thanks a lot!!! It was simple but very interesting.

Monday, April 23rd 2018

In Russia we write DD/MM/YYYY

Saturday, April 28th 2018

Thank you Rebecca, I have known so many different types of date writing.
And I like to watch your videos to learning English.

Friday, May 4th 2018

great video, thank you.

Saturday, May 5th 2018


Saturday, May 12th 2018

Thank you. The lesson helped me to clarify this issue.

Sunday, June 10th 2018

Hi Rebecca, very nice lesson!
Here in Brazil, we follow the Britsh system:
Example: 13 de Agosto de 2018.

Wednesday, June 13th 2018

Hi. Thank you.
ISO 8601
In Iran we follow this one YYYY,MM,DD

Saturday, June 16th 2018

Hi Rebeca
Thank you for you very good teaching.
I’m learning a lot.

Thursday, June 28th 2018

It was great! Thank you Rebecca!

Thursday, July 19th 2018

Hi , Thank you for your thoughtful lesson !

In Iran the Shamsi Hijri calendar is the official calendar and It begins on the March equinox (Nowruz) as determined by astronomical calculation for the Iran Standard Time meridian (52.5°E or GMT+3.5h) and has days of 365 or 366 days.


We write YYYY,MM,DD.

Saturday, July 21st 2018

Thanks for the information, Why will not the English and the American system join?

Sunday, August 12th 2018

Saudi Arabia

Sunday, August 19th 2018

Angola and Portugal

Sunday, August 19th 2018

Thank you, Rebecca

Tuesday, August 21st 2018

Hi, I’m from Venezuela. we follow the British system: 22 August 2018

Wednesday, August 22nd 2018


Glad we follow ISO recommendations. Feels like team work :)

A bit surprised neighbors Latvians and Russians do upside down, as it always was this way, even in Soviet Union times.

Sunday, August 26th 2018

In India we write 03-Sep-2018.
Thank you very much for this lesson.

Monday, September 3rd 2018

In Turkey, we use British System DD.MM.YY. For exeample, the date of today is 19 September 2018. At the same time, I wanna to say this course is very great:))

Wednesday, September 19th 2018

dear Rebecca,
you can’t imagine what a great teacher you are! I really appreciate you. i have learned a lot from your courses. In Iran we write the date as ISO 8601. I mean YYYY-MM-DD
FYI it seems there is a mistake on the video where you were teaching at the 2nd part of your course. you were explaining an example: “Jan 3 1986” but on the whiteboard you changed it in digits wrong in last 2 lines.

Tuesday, September 25th 2018

Thank you
I got 8 correct got out of 10.

Saturday, October 13th 2018

thank you

Tuesday, October 16th 2018

We in egypt use the britsh system to write the date, thanks alot it was realy useful videoand i get 8 in the quiz

Tuesday, November 6th 2018

me learn so much
thx rebecca
me want to put more videos
me subscribe to your channlle

Monday, November 19th 2018

thanks madam rebecca learned a lot.

Sunday, November 25th 2018

Thanks so much!

Monday, November 26th 2018

ISO 8601 standard looks more perfect than the others.

Friday, December 14th 2018

Thank you for the lesson, Rebecca.
I have a question about the ninth item in the quiz. Is the second option preferable to be said in formal situations?

Friday, December 14th 2018

Thanks a lot Rebecca

Wednesday, January 9th 2019

Thank you for your lesson Rebecca!

Wednesday, January 30th 2019


Thursday, January 31st 2019

thank you so much i found much helpful all your lessons

Monday, February 25th 2019

Thank you Rebecca for the useful lesson!

Tuesday, March 26th 2019

Hi Rebecca.
I am Vietnam born but have lived in US for many years and I still have problem when it come write date. Thanks for your lesson I am now able to understand for example:
Today is 25 May 2019 in Vietnam
May 25, 2019 in US

Friday, May 24th 2019

I didn’t know that writing dates could be a huge problem 😮 thanks a lot

Sunday, June 2nd 2019

Thanks a lot for this lesson, In my country’s Egypt we follow British style so the date of today is 28 July 2019.

Sunday, July 28th 2019

100….thank you
In Uganda we follow the British style. So today is: 20(th)-Aug-2019.
Though some computers return the date as: Tue,Aug 20,2019 (The American style)
I think its because you can choose which style your computer should use when setting it up

Tuesday, August 20th 2019

firstly, i want to thank you for this great lesson about how to write a date correctly, i understood Assalam Alikoume.
This lesson and now i can make difference between all these formats, the preferable for me is the British format, we start by the date, the month and finally the year. Thank you again Rebecca for this clarify.

Monday, October 28th 2019

Thank you so much

Wednesday, February 12th 2020

Thanks a lot. It was very useful. in Korea we follow YYYY-MM-DD like you mentioned and I think we often use .(dot) between. 2018.04.12

Wednesday, March 11th 2020

    and if time followd afterwards it will be 2018.04.12.13:30

    Wednesday, March 11th 2020

Thank for video it’s very useful and helpful i learned ISO 8601 Standart. I live in Greece. here is used DD/MM/YYYY (britsh form ) but i m using MM/DD/YYYY (US form) because i work for Us organization.

Saturday, March 14th 2020

9/10, thanks a lot!

Sunday, March 22nd 2020

I’ve learned a lot. A very silly mistake in writing a date create a huge problem on the individuals or business company if both parties misunderstood each other. Thank you!

Thursday, April 2nd 2020

Thank you!

Friday, May 15th 2020

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