The French sentence "Quel âge as-tu" explained

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Translation in English

Audio pronunciation

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does quel âge as-tu mean?

Definition

The literal meaning is:

  • Quel → What
  • Âge → Age
  • As → Have
  • Tu → You

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 on the next sections.

How to use

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.

Funny stuff

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.

Synonyms

  • Tu as quel âge ? (“How old are you?“)
  • T’as quel âge ? (“How old are you?“)(Familiar)
  • Quel âge tu as ? (“How old are you?“)
  • Vous avez quel âge ? (“How old are you?“)(Formal & Plural)
  • Quel âge avez vous ? (“How old are you?“)(Formal & Plural)
  • Quel âge a-t-elle ? (“How old is she?“)
  • Quel âge elle a ? (“How old is she?“)
  • Quel âge a-t-il ? (“How old is he?“)
  • Quel âge il a ? (“How old is he?“)

Dialogue example

Audio dialogue by French natives

Dialogue audio

Dialogue text

” Quel âge as-tu ? “
” How old are you? “
” J’ai 25 ans. Et toi ? “
” I’m 25 years old. And you? “
” Moi aussi j’ai 25 ans “
” I’m 25 years old too “
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