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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Chinese Season 1, Lesson 8 - Talking About Your Age. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask someone's age and how to say how old you are in Chinese.
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Eric: Here's the informal way to ask "How old are you?" in Chinese.
Cho: [Normal] 你多大了?(nǐ duō dà le?)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning "you"
Cho: [Normal] 你 [Slow] 你 (nǐ)
Eric: Next is the phrase meaning "how old"
Cho: [Normal] 多大 [Slow] 多大(duō dà)
Eric: Last is the particle indicating a state.
Cho: [Normal] 了 [Slow] 了(le)
Eric: Listen again to the informal question meaning "How old are you?"
Cho: [Slow] 你多大了? [Normal] 你多大了?
Eric: Now, imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the formal way to ask, "How old are you?"
Cho: [Normal] 你几岁了?(nǐ jǐ suìle?)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning "you"
Cho: [Normal] 你 [Slow] 你 (nǐ)
Eric: Next is the word meaning "how many"
Cho: [Normal] 几 [Slow] 几(jǐ)
Eric: Followed by the word meaning "year-old"
Cho: [Normal] 岁 [Slow] 岁(suì)
Eric: Last is the particle indicating a state.
Cho: [Normal] 了 [Slow] 了(le)
Eric: Listen again to the formal question meaning "How old are you?"
Cho: [Slow] 你几岁了? [Normal] 你几岁了?
Eric: Here's a response meaning "I am 17."
Cho: [Normal] 我17岁。(wǒ shíqī suì.)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning "I"
Cho: [Normal] 我 [Slow] 我(wǒ)
Eric: Next is the number "seventeen”
Cho: [Normal] 十七 [Slow] 十七(shíqī)
Eric: Last is the word meaning "year-old"
Cho: [Normal] 岁 [Slow] 岁(suì)
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning "I am 17."
Cho: [Slow] 我17岁。 [Normal] 我17岁。
Eric: Here's a response meaning, "I prefer not to say."
Cho: [Normal] 无可奉告。(wú kě fèng gào.)
Eric: First is a word meaning "no"
Cho: [Normal] 无 [Slow] 无(wú)
Eric: Next is the word meaning "can,” which you can use to add emphasis.
Cho: [Normal] 可 [Slow] 可(kě)
Eric: Last is the verb meaning "to tell, to inform"
Cho: [Normal] 奉告 [Slow] 奉告(fèng gào)
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning "I prefer not to say."
Cho: [Slow] 无可奉告。 [Normal] 无可奉告。
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Cho: When we talk about numbers like telephone numbers, bus numbers and so on, we pronounce 1 as yāo.
For example, a bus number one-oh-one would usually be pronounced as yāo líng yāo in Chinese. You can even use yāo instead of yī meaning "number one" when saying phone numbers. Try it when you are in China! People will be impressed.

Outro

Eric: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!
Cho: 再见。

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hi Listeners! How old are you?

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Friday at 02:34 PM
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Hello Byron,


Thank you for your comment. Asking someone who's younger than us or of the same age "几岁了" is generally acceptable in informal context, adding 你 or 您 would be better.


Let us know if you have any questions.


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Byron
Thursday at 08:21 PM
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Is it true that one should only ask children "几岁了"?

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Wednesday at 10:35 PM
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Hello Andrea,


You got it right! Good job! 😄


Keep going, and let us know if you have any questions.


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Andrea
Tuesday at 01:51 AM
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我二十二岁。

Wǒ èr-shí-èr suì.

Did I get it right? 😄

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Wednesday at 11:58 PM
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你好 robert groulx,


谢谢 for posting and studying with us. If you have any questions, please let us know.😄


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robert groulx
Sunday at 12:25 AM
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thank you for the lesson transcript


nǐ jǐ suìle? i am 54 years old


robert

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Wednesday at 02:15 PM
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Hello Kim,


Thank you for your positive comment and sharing your insight! We're glad to hear that you're enjoying the lessons! 😄


Thank you for learning with us, as always, let us know if you have any questions.


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Kim
Tuesday at 01:17 AM
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I just finished the Top 25 Questions module before I found this, and if you take that and add this it becomes a supplementary module to expand on what you learned.

Amazing!


Some words overlap, but I'm certainly not complaning because it just emphasizes the previous vocabulary words while adding new words at the same time.


(For example, this lesson ties in perfectly with the How Old Are You In Chinese Module.)

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Hi John


Thanks for your post. Let us know if you have any questions.


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John
Friday at 09:27 AM
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你好,

我叫John

我十九岁!