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Bună tuturor! Sunt Raluca. Hi everybody! I’m Raluca.
Welcome to RomanianPod101.com’s Româna în 3 minute. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Romanian.
In the last two lessons, we learned the main usages of the verb a fi, which means “to be” in Romanian.
In this lesson, we are going to learn about the verb a avea, which means “to have”, and we’ll be using it to talk about your age.
It’s normal for young people in Romania to ask each other’s age. It’s really common when you meet someone for the first time.
If someone asks you ¿Câți ani ai? just know that it means “How old are you?” in Romanian.
[slowly] ¿Câți ani ai?
Now you have to answer with your age! In Romanian, we use the verb a avea, meaning “to have”.
Here are some examples.
“I am 18” is Am optsprezece ani.
“I am 20” is Am douăzeci de ani.
“I am 25” is Am douăzeci și cinci de ani. And...
“I am 40” is Am patruzeci de ani.
Am means “I have”. This is a conjugated form of a avea.
Optsprezece is “18”. We learned about numbers back in lessons 6 and 7.
Note that when you use a number from 1 to 19, you don’t need the preposition de. But if you are older than 20, don’t forget to add de meaning “of”, before the word ani.
Ani means “years”.
[slowly] Am opt-spre-ze-ce ani.
“I am 18.”
Sometimes Romanian people won’t ask your age directly, but instead, will ask your birth year.
To do this, they will say
¿În ce an ești născut?
[slowly] ¿În ce an ești năs-cut?
This literally means “Which year were you born?”
And then you must reply. For example, you might say “I’m from the 84”, which in Romanian would be Sunt în 84.
Do you remember sunt? It is the verb “to be”.
în means “from”, and then just say the last 2 digits of your birth year.
Now it’s time for Raluca’s Insights.
Were you born in the year 2000? Sorry, you can’t say that you are ‘from zero-zero’. You have to say the entire year. Sunt în 2000 (două mii).
In this lesson, you learned how to talk about your age and birthdate using a avea. Next time, you’ll learn how to use this verb for talking about possessions.
I'll be waiting for you in the next Româna în 3 minute.
Pe curând! See you soon!