# How do you read the multiplication table?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by EnglishBug, Oct 18, 2011.

1. ### EnglishBugSenior Member

Chinese
In my native language, we recite the multiplication table like this: "one one equals one, one two equals two, ... five six thirty, five seven thirty-five, ...". I'm just curious how to recite the multiplication table in English.

2. ### sdgrahamSenior Member

Oregon, USA
USA English
We say "two times three equals six."

If we said one, one, it would be 11.

3. ### LoobSenior Member

English UK
Hi EnglishBug

I think I was primarily taught it as:
Once two is two
Two twos are four
Three twos are six
Four twos are eight

etc

But I also seem to remember:
One times two is two
Two times two is four
Three times two is six

My memory is rather hazy: it was, unfortunately, a very long time ago!

4. ### George FrenchSenior Member

English - UK
Loob, your memory is still good... That's how I remember it as well...

GF..

We don't forget that stuff.....

5. ### Rana_pipiensSenior Member

Salt Lake City, Utah
USA / English
Kids would be likely to say is ("Two times three is six.") unless the teacher directed them to say equals. Or to start out saying equals and change to is within a couple of numbers.

The equation "2 x 3 = 6" could also be read as,
"Two multiplied by three is equal to six."
However, all those extra syllables aren't likely to be used for reciting an entire multiplication table.

6. ### AndygcSenior Member

Devon
British English
My memory is holding up well. Definitely this way of reciting them.

7. ### PackardSenior Member

USA, English
We all remember things well from when we were young and our brain was about empty. But as it fills up you need to push out some things to make room for the new stuff. The old stuff is there for good; so the new stuff pushes other new stuff out. So you end up forgetting things you read just an hour earlier.

Eleven times ten is one-ten
Eleven times eleven is one-twenty-one
Eleven times twelve is one-thirty-two
Twelve times twelve is one-forty-four

(They only teach to the ten times table nowadays in the USA, so this is added for the youngins who ain't had our advantages. )

8. ### Hermione GolightlySenior Member

London
British (English) English
I can't say I have any clear recollections of 60+ years ago. These days I count myself lucky to know who's in bed with me when I wake up. Luckily it's always the same fellow. As an adult I say "three fours are twelve". I would think that as small kids we said "Three times two makes six" because we called them " the 'times' tables", " We're doing the six times table now!" We called multiplication 'times'- "we're learning how to do 'times' sums". We chanted the tables every morning and got tested, both written and oral. These days they talk about numeracy, not 'sums', and they seem to use the proper terms.

Hermione

Last edited: Oct 18, 2011
9. ### JulianStuartSenior Member

Sonoma County CA
English (UK then US)
I learnt my "times" tables too (I somehow missed the 9 times table and have difficulty to this day - perhaps I should attend remedial numeracy classes!).
I wonder if they still teach the "twelve times" table since the currency went decimal a little while ago. The 12 times table always seemed useful in the days of pounds, shillings and pence

10. ### PackardSenior Member

USA, English
It was useful for commerce too (and probably still is useful). Even today many items are sold by the dozen or the gross (in the USA). So it was useful to know that six dozen (or a half-gross) was equal to seventy-two; or that a quarter gross (three dozen) equals thirty-six, etc.

11. ### GlenfarclasSenior Member

Chicago
English (American)
I (U.S., Midwest) learned the table up to 12x12, and it went like this:

One times one is one.
...
Six times five is thirty.
Six times six is thirty-six.
Six times seven is forty-two.
...
Twelve times twelve is a hundred and forty-four.​

12. ### BarqueSenior Member

India
Tamil
Same here, except for the first line, where the numbers were inverted. So it went:

Three ones are three
Two threes are six
Three threes are nine

I also remember:

one into three is equal to three
two into three is equal to six

13. ### RM1(SS)Senior Member

Connecticut
English - US (Midwest)
That's how we said it (Midwest, early '60s) but we only learned up to the tens.

7 x 8 was the one I always had trouble with. As often as not I'd end up doing 6 x 8 + 8 or 7 x 7 + 7.