How to read years in German?
The year 1995 is read in English nineteen ninety-five.
This means we read the first two digits as a single number and then the next two digits, with the same rule.
Is this rule true in German?
I mean, should we read it as neunzehn-fünfundneunzig?
What about 2007?
- 6 years ago
In German generally (i.e. not just in Germany but also in Austria and in Switzerland), years are pronounced like this:
- 1015 (ein)tausendfünfzehn
- 1115 elfhundertfünfzehn
- 1215 zwölfhundertfünfzehn
- 1315 dreizehnhundertfünfzehn
- 1815 achtzehnhundertfünfzehn
- 1915 neunzehnhundertfünfzehn
- 2015 zweitausendfünfzehn
- 2115 zweitausendeinhundertfünfzehn
Or in words, the numbers are pronounced normally except that from 1100 to 1999, XYAB is pronounced as XY hundert AB.
PS: The English style of pronouncing years is also used occasionally as it is shorter, but it's only borderline correct.
Additionally, following ponounciations are common: 2015: Zwanzigfünfzehn; 1945: Neuzehnfünfundvierzig; generally, its also common to split the number in two numbers and concatenate them, as long as there is no number <10 involved.
@TaW: I agree this must change as the 22nd century approaches, but as it's quite likely that the English style will become standard way before that point anyway, I chose not to mention the fact.
@ComFreek: this is another story that has nothing to do with this topic. Zwo is actually only used instead of "zwei" on spelling long numbers - just to prevent one gets it wrong with the similarly sounding "drei"