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.
|1||几||jǐ||q pr.||what number; which number|
suì 岁 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 + 岁
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:
jǐ 几 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 多 how much
多 is an adverb and a question word. We can use 多 + adj. to ask a question about "how + adj."