Many people are curious just how old others are. Do they look older or younger than their real age? So, if someone asks you about your age do you know how to reply? Or ask them about their age?

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) How to ask about someone else’s age

(2) To reply to a question if someone asks your age

Dialogue: Two friends are looking at a photograph and talking about their children.

A-来,给你看看我俩孩子的照片儿。Let me show you some photographs of my two children

B-呦,长得真可爱!Oh, they look so adorable

A-呵呵,谢谢。Hmm…, thank you!

B-他们叫什么啊?What are their names?

A-姐姐叫Sally,弟弟叫David. The girl’s name is Sally and her little brother’s name is David

B-他们多大了?How old are they?

A-Sally5岁,David 3岁。Sally is 5 years old and David is 3

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

看看:take a look

孩子:children

真:really

可爱:cute

谢谢:thank you

姐姐:older sister

弟弟:younger brother

他们多大了:How old are they?

5岁:5 years old

3岁:3 years old

Grammar note: ( )多大了: how old ( ) This is a popular expression to ask the age of other people

Eg. 你的朋友多大了:How old is your friend? 你的孩子多大了:How old is your child? 姐姐多大了:How old is your sister? Cultural note: It’s not polite to ask a woman’s age in public in China, although it’s fine ask about a child’s age during a conversation with your friends or colleagues.

Yes! I’d like to learn Mandarin Chinese more effectively

Narrated by Song Liu

Our Podcast narrator, is a native Chinese speaker and is originally from Beijing, China and is keen to help you get ahead with learning. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Song also hosted a Mandarin live call-in news and music radio show in the Bay Area.

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