One hundred twenty-three million, four hundred fifty-six thousand, seven hundred eighty-nine

**999,999**and

**999,999,999**just as easily as you can count to

**999**!

To learn how to read and say large numbers in English, let’s start small. You know that **2** is two and **22** is twenty-two. You might also know that **322** is three hundred twenty-two.

So what’s **322,000**? Simple: three hundred twenty-two *thousand*!

But what about **322,000,000**? Easy! Three hundred twenty-two *million*!

Add those together and you get **322,322,322** — three hundred twenty-two *million*, three hundred twenty-two *thousand*, three hundred twenty-two. It’s easy as pie.

If you’re comfortable with numbers 1-99, then you should be able to recite 312,580,747 after you understand and memorize this pattern:

Every three digits (ones, tens, hundreds) can be grouped up. A comma before any group of three signifies “thousand” or “million” (or “billion” or “trillion”).

The number 312,580,747 has three groups of three: 312 (three hundred twelve), 580 (five hundred eighty), and 747 (seven hundred forty-seven).

The first comma signifies million (three hundred twelve million) and the second comma signifies thousand (five hundred eighty thousand). The last group is simply seven hundred forty-seven.

Combine them and you get three hundred twelve million, five hundred eighty thousand, seven hundred forty-seven.

If a number like **468,952,311** still makes you cringe, break it down to smaller numbers.

311 = three hundred eleven

2,311 = two *thousand*, three hundred eleven

52,311 = fifty-two *thousand*, three hundred eleven

952,311 = nine hundred fifty-two *thousand*, three hundred eleven

8,952,311 = eight *million*, nine hundred fifty-two *thousand*, three hundred eleven

68,952,311 = sixty-eight *million*, nine hundred fifty-two *thousand*, three hundred eleven

468,952,311 = four hundred sixty-eight *million*, nine hundred fifty-two *thousand*, three hundred eleven

Whew, that’s a mouthful!

**Here are some more examples:**

706,011,002 = Seven hundred six million, eleven thousand, two

82,605,043 = Eighty-two million, six hundred five thousand, forty-three

1,000,006 = One million, six