**A math teacher welcomed a new French exchange student into her class and then started teaching a lesson on fractions.**

**The French exchange student raised his hand and said, “Excuse me Madam, but I don’t know how to say fractions. How do you say those?”**

**“Easy,” said the teacher, “you just say the top number and then the bottom number is read as an ordinal number. For example, 2/3 is ‘two-thirds’, 3/4 is ‘three-fourths’, and 2/5 is ‘two-fifths’.”**

**“Thanks, I understand, “said the exchange student.**

**“Good,” said the teacher, and then asked the student, “so how do you say 4/8?”**

**“Should I reduce?” asked the boy.**

**“That would be best,” said the teacher.**

**“One-second,” said the boy.**

**“Take as long as you need,” said the teacher.**