"I am twelve."

Translation:Ich bin zwölf.

April 4, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/luis.oliveira

I suppose this might be related to something other than age, because then you would have to add the expression "Jahre alt" (years old) afterwards, as in: "Ich bin zwolf Jahre alt" (as "I am twelve years old").

But I don't know how rigid this is, maybe you can say just "ich bin zwolf" informally. Some native speaker could help here on this.

April 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/-Herbstzeitlose-

Formally, you would indeed say "Ich bin zwölf Jahre alt", but colloquially people often refer to their age like this, just like in English.

April 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/christian

I don't even think it's colloquial. It's not ambiguous either. At least I can't think of any other contexts where "ich bin" plus a number would make sense.

April 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

I agree with christian. It's perfectly fine to say 'Ich bin zwanzig' in a job interview. Even if you apply for a job at a very traditional bank.

April 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/-Herbstzeitlose-

Yeah, maybe "colloquial" was the wrong word. My point is that "... Jahre alt" is more proper, but nobody will care.

April 5, 2013
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