We all love talking numbers. They are part of our everyday language, whether spoken aloud or just quietly wondered about in passing. That’s why they are perfect for lists such as this. Numbers can say so much. Even the seemingly “dumb” ones such as our birthday and anniversary can give us a lift if only by the idea of what they represent.
The words on these lists are either directly associated with numbers or come from their etymology or otherwise derive meanings from counting words. You’re welcome to contribute to our Talking Numbers project by entering them into the boxes provided. Within minutes, you’ll be helping to create our Talking Numbers dictionary. Each word will be assigned a number from one through 100, depending on its popularity. Additionally, you’ll also be entered in a play by means of musical chairs.
Just think how wonderful it would be to hear the names of those in your friends and family circle or those of those who live far away. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know the names of the great men and women in your life, those whose deeds you admire and want to learn more about? It would be interesting to see which of your coworkers are efficient and hard working. And who among your acquaintances are more outgoing? All these questions and many more, are answered by the alphabet when you enter the numbers into the boxes provided.
Conversational Phrases. As you hear the words spoken out loud and attempt to decode what they mean, the number in the box is sure to increase. Think of all those numbers and words you encounter on your daily commute. How many are there saying the same thing? You’ll be amazed at the quantity of correspondence that comes to your mind.
Geographical terms. When you see numbers on the road sign, what does it mean? When numbers appear in a map and you can’t make out what their meaning is, you get the same difficulty. You will also be amazed at the number of words that come with numbers like road, railway, bus, train, etc.
Derivative Phrases. Numbers are used so often in daily life that it’s not surprising that there are several derivatives of numbers. The words for numbers such as door, doorbell, telephone, phone directory, etc., indicate the origin of the number. The words for numbers also have specific connotations. For example, the word ‘door’ in English denotes a house while the number zero signifies the empty space.
Talking Numbers. One of the benefits of talking numbers is that it enables you to know who is talking to you. There is no need for body language or gestures when you can simply look at the talking person on the other side of the phone and know what she’s saying. Talking numbers have made it easy for people to stay in touch with each other and that’s why they are very popular.
Talking numbers are more than just handy when you’re trying to reach someone. They’re great fun too, so if you ever get bored with reading letters and phone numbers to try to talk them. They’re definitely worth learning! You might just learn a thing or two along the way!
The hardest part might be getting the headset right. This is where a little bit of practice comes in. If you ever used a walkie-talkie, you’ll be familiar with how these things work. However, you’ll need to get used to holding the headset properly so that the receiver doesn’t fall out of your mouth.
Practice makes perfect. You might need to make a few trial runs before you get the hang of it. It’s worth it though! Holding the headset correctly will enable you to talk to anyone – even those you don’t like!
As you become more skilled with talking numbers, you’ll probably want to start holding live phone conversations as well. Don’t worry if you can only talk on the phone for a handful of seconds at a time at first. That’s perfectly fine as long as you remember to breathe in and out properly. Soon enough you’ll be talking to anyone you please!