It is true that many foreigners get frustrated when being asked about age. However, it is common for Vietnamese to do so when they first meet. This is a gap among people from different countries that needs understandings and sympathy.

Why do Vietnamese people need to know the age?


Unlike English, the addressing system in Vietnamese is rather complicated. It varies mainly based on gender and age.
Vietnamese people need to know your age the first time they meet so that they can choose the appropriate way to address.

2 ways to ask about age

Subject + bao nhiêu tuổi?

Subject + mấy tuổi ?

For example:

Bạn bao nhiêu tuổi?

Anh mấy tuổi?


Subject + Number + Tuổi.

For example:

Em 27 tuổi.

Anh 25 tuổi.

Let’s watch the video below to see how to ask and answer about age.

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