If you're smart you will never ask a woman's age after her 30th birthday. In Mexico it is no different than in the United States. In fact, in Mexico it is considered quite rude. You can try asking a woman's age but more than likely you are not going to get a straight answer especially since people generally don't like to tell lies directly. To ask a woman her age straight out you can say, "¿Cuántos años tienes?" if you know her well, and if you don't you can say something like, "Disculpe señora. ¿Cuántos años tiene usted? ".
Here are some of the answers that you might get and the good thing for you ladies is that if you learn these answers in Spanish you can use them too:
Treinta y tantos. ( TRAIN-tah ee TAHN-tohs)
Ta y ocho (ta-ee-oh-choh) When spoken quickly it sounds like tai-OH-choh.
After the number twenty all the rest of the 10's in Spanish end in the letters "ta" as in treinta, cuarenta, cincuenta, sesenta, setenta, ochenta, y noventa. In effect what you are saying with "ta y ocho" is that your age could be 38, or 48, or 58 etcetera, all the way up to 98.
Treinta y meses. ( TRAIN-tah ee MESS-ess)
Thirty and months.
Apenas trienta y cinco. (ah-PEY-nahs TRAIN-tah ee SEENK-oh)
Barely thirty five.
Lo que represento.
The age that I look.
And...last but not least if you really want to sound indignant you can use the following put-down:
Los años son para vivirse y no para contarse.
The years are for living and not for counting.
¡ Buena suerte !
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