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Post time 2012-9-21 11:56:26 |Display all floors
I met a foreign couple in the seaside, and afterwards we keep in touch with each other by email. And we met last night in the coffee place. But I was and I am wondering the age of them. But I know it is impolite to ask westerners' age. So my question is will the circumstance be seriously awkward when I ask them age?

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This post was edited by WhiteBear at 2012-9-21 13:58

Off course You can :) it is the matter of the way You ask.

If You ask simply "how old are You?" It may be impolite, but...
"please excuse my curiosity, how old are You?" are more likely to be answered (answer may be "sorry it is private" or "I'm ..." or maybe "and what do You think?"  - as a start for longer talk

If You are afraid of being "impolite" - explain just at the beginning, that You are very curious about them, and ask Them to excuse You if there would be any question that seems "impolite".

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WhiteBear Post time: 2012-9-21 13:10
Off course You can :) it is the matter of the way You ask.

If You ask simply "how old are You?" It  ...

thanks very much WhiteBear, you are really considerate,  and I can say that you must be  an open-minded person.

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原野0324 Post time: 2012-9-21 15:40
thanks very much WhiteBear, you are really considerate,  and I can say that you must be  an open-m ...

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it”.

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Post time 2012-9-21 19:56:09 |Display all floors
raton Post time: 2012-9-21 19:50
What there to hide..? if is a genuine possibility, age is very important and not impolite to ask u ...

but You know... women... hkem... usually it is not polite to ask women for her age.

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