"I was born five years ago."
Translation:Я родился пять лет тому назад.
Exactly. You got it! In Russian, numbers of years are:
годы = years (plural, literal)
1 год = 1 year
2, 3, 4 года = 2, 3, 4 years
5-20 лет = 5-20 years
Also, except for 11-14, all numbers that end in 0-9 behave the same way as 0-9. For example, 23 года, 150 лет, 81 год, 55016 лет, but:
11, 12, 13, 14 лет
I wrote "пять лет тому назад я была родилась" - which (I believe) directly translates into "Five years ago, I was born." Is this incorrect? I understand that I switched a few parts of the sentences around, but I don't think that should have been enough to be marked as incorrect as the meaning is unchanged. Thank you! :)