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Counting 1-10
This lesson is very straightforward, because we’re going to cover counting from zero through ten. We’ll also cover ordinal numbers. Let’s jump right in!
0 - zero
1 - one, first
2 - two, second
3 - three, third
4 - four, fourth
5 - five, fifth
6 - six, sixth
7 - seven, seventh
8 - eight, eighth
9 - nine, ninth
10 - ten, tenth
Counting in English is simple. The cardinal numbers are zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine and ten. The ordinal numbers tell us the order of things, and are first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth. Ordinal numbers will be used when saying the date, talking about seat rows at the cinema, and when talking about winners in order.
If you go shopping and see some t-shirts that you would like to buy your friends and family as souvenirs, you can say: “Could I have six t-shirts, please?” Remember that ‘could I have’, can be replaced with ‘may I have’ or ‘I would like’. As English can be used casually even amongst people you’ve never talked to before, it’s also okay to use the phrase ‘can I get’.
Now, if you find some wine that you would like to buy, would you say: “Could I have three wines, please”? No! You would say: “Could I have three bottles of wine, please?” In this case, we have to count the bottles, which is the glass container holding the wine, and not the wine itself. This is because bottles can be counted, whereas liquids, such as wine, cannot be counted, unless they are contained.
Okay, let’s practise another example. How would you ask for bread? If you said, “Could I have five slices of bread?”, or “Could I have a loaf of bread?”, then you’d be correct!
The word ‘slice’ in the first sentence refers to thinly cut pieces of items such as bread. The word ‘loaf’ in the second sentence refers to the entire uncut piece of bread.
So, depending on what you ask for, you may get a lot or a little. Of course, if you’re at a supermarket, you probably wouldn’t be asking for bread since you can just pick it up yourself.
Okay, to close out this lesson we’d like you to practice what you’ve just learned. I’ll provide you with the phrase, and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud. You have a few seconds before I give you the answer. So good luck!
- Could I have six t-shirts, please?
- Could I have three bottles of wine, please?
- Could I have five slices of bread, please?
- Could I have a loaf of bread, please?


Alright! That’s going to do it for this lesson. Bye!