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Hola a todos! Soy Lucia. Hi everybody! I’m Lucia.
Welcome to SpanishPod101.com’s Español en tres minutos. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Spanish.
In the last two lessons, we learned the main usages of the verbs ser/estar, which mean “to be” in Spanish.
In this lesson, we are going to learn one basic usage of the verb tener, which means “to have”. In this lesson we will use this verb to talk about your age.
It’s normal for young people in Perú to ask each other’s age. It’s really common when you meet someone for the first time.
If someone asks you ¿Cuántos años tienes? just know that it means “How old are you?” in Spanish.
[slowly] ¿Cuántos años tienes?
Now you have to answer with your age! In Spanish we use the verb tener, “to have”.
Here are some examples.
“I am 18” - Tengo dieciocho años.
“I am 20” - Tengo veinte años.
“I am 25” - Tengo veinticinco años.
“I am 40” - Tengo cuarenta años.
Tengo means “I have”. This is the conjugated form of tener.
dieciocho is “18”. We learned about numbers back in lessons 6 and 7.
And then we just add años, which means “years”.
[slowly] Tengo dieciocho años.
Sometimes Spanish people won’t ask your age directly, but instead, will ask your birth year.
As I said, another way to ask about the age, is asking for the year of birth.
¿En qué año naciste?
[slowly] ¿En qué año naciste?
This literally means “Which year were you born?”, it’s the same question as “which is your year of birth?”
And then you must reply “I’m from the 84”, in Spanish would be Soy del 84.
Soy, do you remember? Is the verb “to be”.
del means “from”, and then the year.
Now it’s time for Lucia’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. Soy del 2000.
In this lesson, we learned how to talk about your age and birthdate using tener. Next time, we’ll learn how to use this verb for talking about possessions.
I'll be waiting for you in the next Español en 3 minutos.
Hasta pronto!