You are going to find out everything you ever wanted to know about the basic phrase "Quel âge as-tu ?". More precisely, this includes a detailed definition of what it is and how you can use it in a normal conversation with an audio example. But that's not all, we also added some super useful stuff like slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example, synonym and more!
Translation : How old are you?
Register : Neutral - Basic
IPA : / kɛl aʒ a-ty ? /
The literal meaning is:
It's the easy and neutral way to ask someone his/her age in French and a very basic sentence that you should know. Its use is very similar to "How old are you?" in English, even though there are few tips you need to know as you will see in the next sections.
Use it at the beginning of a dialogue after meeting someone or as an icebreaker to change the topic of the conversation. The neutral way to use it would be: "Quel âge as-tu ?" (How old are you) → "J'ai 28 ans et toi ?" (I'm 28 and you?).
In case of a formal context or if asking their age to several people, use instead: "Quel âge avez-vous ?". But in a familiar context, you can use "T'as quel âge ?" which is shorter and easier to use.
Be extra careful when asking a woman her age, this is considered as impolite in France, even more if you are a man. In this case, you should ask instead: "Je peux te demander ton/votre âge ?" (May I ask for your age?) and she will decide.
↓ Example in a story with slow audio ↓
Un passe-temps dangereux
A dangerous hobby