When I passed today’s lesson to the students, they showed surprise: “How come there are two different questions to ask the same ‘How old are you’ ?” Their surprise is reasonable, but there are actually more ways asking “How old are you” in Chinese. The choice of how to ask depends on the age of the person being asked. If the asked person is older, the question has to be in the polite form; if the asked person is at the same age, the question can be in a polite form or a intimate form; if the asked person is younger or a child, the question can be asked

你几岁?
nǐ jǐ suì

你多大?
nǐ duō dà

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