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Lesson 2: Describing yourself and others

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Numbers from 21 to 100

In this chapter you will learn how to count from 21 to 100. The system should be pretty straight-forward with few exceptions, which are mentioned in the text.

What's really different from what you know from English, is the fact that in German, for the numbers between 20 and 100, we say the name of the right digit first and then the name of the left digit.


Note that all numbers between 20 and 99 have the ending '-zig'. '-zig' is thus equivalent to the English ending '-ty'. The names of German numbers are quite consistent. Small exceptions are the numbers 17 and 70, which are NOT called 'siebenzehn' and 'siebenzig', but are shortened to 'siebzehn' and 'siebzig' (the 'en' in 'sieben' is simply cut).

You got lost in the small city of Moers close to the Rhine river in Germany. All you know is the house number of the bed-and-breakfast you are staying at. Can you ask people whether they know, where you have to go?



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You already learned to say where you were born. You can now also say, when! Speak out loud and say in German when the following people were born:

Michael ('77)
Michael ist sieben-und-siebzig geboren.

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Marianne ('56)
Katrin ('78)
Anne ('79)
Niels ('75)
Tobias ('84)
Marc ('68)
Stefanie ('63)

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