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Yura: Top 25 Russian Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 11: How old are you? in Russian (In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Russian learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.)
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question ""How old are you?"" In Russian this is
Svetlana: сколько тебе лет,
The first word in the question is
Svetlana: сколько
Yura: ""meaning something like how old"" in English.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) сколько
Yura: Listen again and repeat.
Svetlana: сколько
{Pause}
Yura: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Svetlana: тебе
Yura: meaning you.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) тебе
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: тебе
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Svetlana: сколько тебе
{pause}
And next
Svetlana: лет
Yura: meaning something like years old.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) лет
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: лет
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Svetlana: сколько тебе лет
{pause}
Yura: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question How old are you??
Svetlana: мне восемнадцать лет.
Yura: ""I'm 18 years old.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Svetlana: (Slow) мне восемнадцать лет.
{pause}
Yura: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Svetlana: мне
Yura: meaning something like I.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) мне
Yura: Now repeat
Svetlana: мне
{Pause}
Yura: And next
Svetlana: восемнадцать
meaning 18.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) восемнадцать
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: восемнадцать
{Pause}
Yura: And after that
Svetlana: лет
meaning something like years old.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) лет
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: лет
{Pause}
Yura: Listen to the speaker say, I'm 18 years old., and then repeat.
Svetlana: мне восемнадцать лет.
{pause}
Yura: To expand on the pattern, replace 18 with 15.
Svetlana: пятнадцать
Yura: 15
Svetlana: (slow) пятнадцать (regular) пятнадцать
Yura: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 15
Svetlana: мне пятнадцать лет.
Yura: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace 18. Say I'm 15 years old.
{pause}
Svetlana: мне пятнадцать лет.
Yura: To expand on the pattern, replace 15 with 25.
Svetlana: двадцать пять
Yura: 25
Svetlana: (slow) двадцать пять (regular) двадцать пять
Yura: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 25
Svetlana: мне двадцать пять лет.
Yura: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for 15. Say I'm 25 years old.
{pause}
Svetlana: мне двадцать пять лет.
Yura: To use a different phrase, replace 25 with 30.
Svetlana: тридцать
Yura: 30
Svetlana: (slow) тридцать (regular) тридцать
Yura: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 30
Svetlana: мне тридцать лет.
Yura: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for 25. Say I'm 30 years old.
{pause}
Svetlana: мне тридцать лет.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Russia and someone asks you how old you are. You are 18. Respond to the question.
Svetlana: сколько тебе лет, (five seconds) мне восемнадцать лет.
Yura: Imagine you are 15 Respond to the question.
Svetlana: сколько тебе лет, (five seconds) мне пятнадцать лет.
Yura: Now imagine you are 25. . Answer the speaker's question.
Svetlana: сколько тебе лет, (five seconds) мне двадцать пять лет.
Yura: Imagine you're 30. Respond to the question.
Svetlana: сколько тебе лет, (five seconds) мне тридцать лет.
Yura: You want to ask someone how old they are. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Svetlana: сколько тебе лет,
{pause}
Yura: This is the end of Lesson 11

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Tuesday at 11:38 pm
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Hello Тарык,


Your sentence is correct.👍


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Тарык
Wednesday at 12:36 am
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Мне двадцать пять лет

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Wednesday at 1:19 am
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Hello P Virmoux-Jackson,


Yes, it will be Мне пятьдесят четыре года.


That's the rule:


- after 1 we use - год,

- after 2,3,4 - года,

- after 5 - etc plus 11, 12, 13, 14 - лет


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P Virmoux-Jackson
Tuesday at 8:37 am
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Здравствуйте Елена,


So if I'm 54 I would say:

Мне пятьдесят четыре года

not

Мне пятьдесят четыре лет?


Can you explain the difference, пожалуйста?

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Hello Fernando,


Your sentences is correct 👍


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Fernando
Sunday at 8:49 am
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Мне тридцать шесть лет 😞

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Monday at 4:24 pm
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Hello Энтони,

The correct sentence will be "Мне двадцать четыре года"


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Энтони
Sunday at 11:54 am
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Мне двадцать четыре лет.