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Please change throughout the Chinese program: Use 什么, not 多少, to ask for telephone numbers.

As a native speaker, if you're asking for someone's phone number, it should always be 什么 ("what"), not 多少 ("how much"/"how many")

August 21, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/chaered

Is this maybe a regional thing?

August 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/WillowsofXihu

I just asked another Beijinger who concurred with my inclination towards 多少, so it probably is a regional thing. I personally would never think to use 什么 for this, but wouldn't necessarily notice if someone else used it in casual conversation.

August 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Mr.rM
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Definitely regional. But I don't mind the difference anyway. When a stranger asks 手机号码是多少 (not “有”多少) it is very unlikely that he is asking how many phone numbers you have.

August 22, 2018

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I don't know if it's a regional or current/old usage thing or both. I remember it from living in Beijing, but my mom says 多少 is customary. A Singaporean native Chinese speaker says 什么 makes more sense and a Filipino native Chinese speaker (who's also had long-term exposure to Chinese speakers from various countries) says that (unlike in Spanish where "estoy hambre" would be grammatically incorrect) both are correct. He also added that he would use 你電話幾號 above either option. Perhaps we can put up a survey for native speakers and see what comes up.

August 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/GaMic2018

I don't know if it's a regional or current/old usage thing or both. I remember it from living in Beijing, but my mom says 多少 is customary. A Singaporean native Chinese speaker says 什么 makes more sense and a Filipino native Chinese speaker (who's also had long-term exposure to Chinese speakers from various countries) says that (unlike in Spanish where "estoy hambre" would be grammatically incorrect) both are correct. He also added that he would use 你電話幾號 above either option. Perhaps we can put up a survey for native speakers and see what comes up.

August 22, 2018
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