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In each lesson of this 25-part series, you'll encounter a common question that English learners come across, and then learn how to answer like a native speaker. You'll learn how these key phrases works by breaking them down into each component. Then, through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question “How old are you?”
Eric: How old are you?
Becky: The first word in the question is
Eric: how
Becky: meaning “in what way, the way in which” in English.
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) how
Becky: Listen again and repeat.
Eric: how
{Pause}
Becky: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Eric: old
Becky: meaning “something that isn't new or something “aged”
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) old
Becky: Now repeat.
Eric: old
{Pause}
Becky: Listen to the first two words of the question and repeat.
Eric: how old
{pause}
Becky: Next is
Eric: are
Becky: meaning “to exist”
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) are
Becky: Now repeat.
Eric: are
{Pause}
Becky: Listen to the first three words of the question and repeat.
Eric: how old are
{pause}
Becky: And after that we have
Eric: you
Becky: meaning “the person you're talking to.”
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) you
Becky: Now repeat.
Eric: you
{Pause}
Becky: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Eric: how old are you?
{pause}
Becky: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question “How old are you?”
Eric: I'm eighteen years old.
Becky: "I'm eighteen years old.” Listen again as the phrase is repeated slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Eric: (Slow) I'm eighteen years old.
{pause}
Becky: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word is
Eric: I’m
Becky: this is the contraction of “I am”
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) I’m
Becky: Now repeat.
Eric: I’m
{Pause}
Becky: And next is
Eric: eighteen
Becky: This is a number that is equal to ten plus eight.
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) eighteen
Becky: Now repeat.
Eric: eighteen
{Pause}
Becky: And next we have
Eric: years old
Becky: meaning “age.”
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) years old
Becky:Now repeat.
Eric: years old
{Pause}
Becky: Listen to the speaker say “I'm eighteen years old” and then repeat.
Eric: I'm eighteen years old.
{pause}Becky: For a different answer, replace “eighteen” with “twenty.”
Eric: twenty
Becky: “Twenty,” a number equivalent to two tens.
Eric: (slow) twenty (regular) twenty
Becky: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “twenty.”
Eric: I’m twenty years-old.
Becky: It’s almost the same; simply replace “eighteen” with “twenty.” Say “I'm twenty years old.”
{pause}
Eric: I’m twenty years old.
Becky: For more practice, replace “twenty” with “eight.”
Eric: eight
Becky: “eight,” a number that is equivalent to five plus three
Eric: (slow) eight (regular) eight
Becky: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “eight.”
Eric: I’m eight years old.
Becky: Here we just replace “twenty” with “eight.” Say “I'm eight years old.”
{pause}
Eric: I’m eight years old.
Becky: Now let’s replace “eight” with “forty-five.”
Eric: forty-five
Becky: “forty-five,” a number that’s equivalent to four tens plus five
Eric: (slow) forty-five (regular) forty-five
Becky: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “forty-five.”
Eric: I am forty-five years-old.
Becky: It mostly stays the same; simply replace “eight” with “forty-five.” Say “I'm forty-five years old.”
{pause}
Eric: I am forty-five years-old.
Becky: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you’re visiting the United States and someone asks you how old you are. You’re eighteen. What do you say?
Eric: How old are you? (five seconds) I'm eighteen years old.
Becky: Imagine you’re twenty years old. Respond to the question.
Eric: How old are you? (five seconds) I’m twenty years old.
Becky: Now imagine you’re eight years old. Answer the speaker's question.
Eric: How old are you? (five seconds) I’m eight years old.
Becky: Imagine you're forty-five years old. How do you respond?
Eric: How old are you? (five seconds) I’m forty-five years old.
Becky: Now you want to ask someone how old they are. Ask the question.
(5 seconds)
Eric: How old are you?
{pause}
Becky: This is the end of Lesson 11.

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How old are you?

I'm forty-two years old.