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Beginner Lesson 5.1 – Ask and Say Age

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Ask And Say Age In Chinese: How Old Are You?

Did you know there are different ways to say how old are you in Chinese, depending on the person’s age? In today’s lesson we’ll learn how to ask and say age in Chinese with the Question Word 几.

  • Age: 岁
  • Ask and say age in Chinese
  • Question Word: 几
  • Question Word: 多

VOCABULARY


HSK CHINESE
PINYIN P.O.S ENGLISH Audio
1 suì n. year; age
1 q pr. what number; which number
1 duō adv. how much
1 adj. big; old

GRAMMAR


Grammar 1: Say Age in Chinese · HSK 1

suì  year (old); age

You can use 岁 to ask and say age in Chinese. Here's how we say someone's age in Chinese:

someone + number +

For examples:

  • wǒ shíliù suì
    我十六岁。
    I am 16 years old
  • nǐ 'èrshíjiǔ suì 
    你二十九岁。
    You are 29 years old

 

Grammar 2: Ask Age in Chinese · HSK 1

There are many different ways to say how old are you in Chinese. Today we'll mainly learn two of them:

 

(1) nǐ duō dà 你多大? how old are you

We can use “你多大?” to ask age when they are not a child, or when they are not a senior citizen.

 

(2) nǐ jǐ suì 你几岁?how old are you

We can use “你几岁?” to ask age when someone is a child or sometimes a teenager.

But if we are asking a person who is a senior and who we want to be polite with, here are two more appropriate ways using 您, the polite way to say 你:

  • nín duō dà suìshu
    您多大岁数?
    how old are you
  • nín duō dà niánji
    您多大年纪?
    how old are you

 

Grammar 3: Question Word  几 and 多· HSK 1

what number; which number

几 is a question pronoun. It refers to a number generally under 10,sometimes under around 15 or at the most under 20.

duō how much

多 is an adverb and a question word. We can use 多 + adj. to ask a question about "how + adj."

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Christine
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Christine

你多大?

audreytheviking
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audreytheviking

我420岁

gelumbiyaren
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gelumbiyaren

is duo or duoshao

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