The way native speakers read years is a little bit complicated. It can be confusing and ambiguous for non-native speakers, but for a native speaker of English, it comes naturally.
When I say “In the year ten hundred and fifty-four, Pope IX died.” What year did the Pope die if you write the year in number? Got any clue? You haven’t got any clue, have you? Let’s have a look at the examples below:
• I moved to Jakarta in twenty-ten.
• I moved to Jakarta in two thousand ten.
⇒ I moved to Jakarta in 2010.
Here’s another way to pronounce 2004:
• I moved to Jakarta in twenty-oh-four.
• I moved to Jakarta in two thousand four.
Here are a few rules you need to know when pronouncing the years in English:
If the hundreds’ digit is non-zero, you can read the number as “something hundred and something”. If the last two digits are zero, leave off the “and something” part.
433 ⇒ four hundred and thirty-three
1492 ⇒ fourteen hundred and ninety-two
1200 ⇒ twelve hundred
It is also possible to read years as follow:
1054 ⇒ ten fifty-four (also: ten hundred and fifty-four)
3026 ⇒ thirty twenty-six
2007 ⇒ twenty oh seven
Now back to my question, When I say “In the year ten hundred and fifty-four, Pope IX died.” What year did the Pope die if you write the year in number?
The answer is: 1054.