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How To Ask “How Old Are You?” In French

How To Ask “How Old Are You?” In French
How to say "How old are you?" in French

How to ask, “How old are you?” in French

There are two ways to ask somebody’s age in French:

  • Quel âge as-tu? How old are you? (familiar)
  • Quel âge avez-vous? How old are you? (formal, plural)
Quel âge avez-vous? Formal and pluralfor "How old are you? 

Quel âge as-tu? Familiar for "How are you?"

To follow this lesson it is a good idea to learn the French numbers. It is also useful to know the conjugation of avoir, which means “to have”.

On this page you will learn how to say how old are you in French. You’ll also learn how to say your age. To ask, say: “Quel âge as-tu?” This literally means, “What age have you?” This is informal and you’d use it for somebody who is your age or younger.

If you’re talking to a stranger or somebody older than yourself you’ll have to use the formal: Quel âge avez-vous?” When you answer you say: “J’ai + Number of years + ans“, which means “I have + Number + Years”. For example, to say I’m twenty years old you’d say: “J’ai vingt ans“.

Examples with audio

Hi, Marc! How old are you?
I'm 17 years old.
Salut, Marc! Quel âge as-tu?
J’ai 17 (dix-sept) ans.
Hi, Marie! How old are you?
I'm 6 years old.
Salut, Marie! Quel âge as-tu?
J'ai 6 (six) ans.
Hi, Pascal! How old are you?
I'm 25 years old.
Salut, Pascal! Quel âge as-tu?
J’ai 25 (vingt-cinq) ans.
Hi, Francoise! How old are you?
I'm 22 years old.
Salut, Françoise! Quel âge as-tu?
J'ai (vingt-deux) ans.
Hi, Patrice! How old are you?
I am 12 years old.
Salut, Patrice! Quel âge as-tu?
J’ai (douze) ans.
Hello, Robert! How old are you?
I'm 65 years old.
Bonjour, Robert! Quel âge avez-vous?
J’ai 65 (soixante-cinq) ans.
Hello, Gertrude! How old are you?
I'm 82 years old.
Bonjour, Gertrude! Quel âge avez-vous?
J’ai 82 (quatre-vingts deux) ans.

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