Qual é a sua idade? = What is your age? Quantos anos você tem? = How old are you?
Those should be the correct corelation, but, both are in the end the same question. Just different ways to say it.
Well, the translation is correct if you tranlate it literaly. But i have never see anyone talking like that, not people from United States at least.
Probably they will understand and even give you an answer but it is not common to talk that way. As far as i know.
I think that may be why I qualified my statement with the first word, technically.
Neither of the common Portuguese questions translates directly to, how old are you. But this is just part of learning/knowing another language. However, I think it can be helpful with comprehension to know the literal translations, even if they are not used.
Hmm, that depends a lot in which region and city you are in Brazil, but both are correctly and common.
as I wrote could be: how old are you? or what is your age? I do not understand what is wrong in my translation??
Hi, basically both answers are correct in their "meaning". How old are you and what is your age both mean the same thing however; because we are learning Portuguese via translation, in my opinion; the most correct answer/translation to English is, "what is your age"; which is perfectly acceptable in English and is the closest accurate answer/translation.
Is idade the word related to -idade the suffix, like humanidade and cidade?
Nope. idade is an independent word, not a suffix of something else. idade = age.
Its difficult to show a rule on it. Basically: o que / o quê = what, qual = which. But there are exceptions... http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=1700377
I understood the same thing. I'm a native and it was so clear to me that the robot said "Qual é a cidade" that I didn't even think I might've misunderstood it x.x
I also understood that. Portuguese is a little tricky because the words are similar and people speak very fast, I am native and have serious problems understanding what people are talking about.
I can't tell you how many times I've had to play one of the phrases 5-6 times on the slow speed just to try and understand what the robot is saying. Especially when it is a phrase that I have never heard before, it can be very difficult to understand her. Sometimes I wish there were two voice recordings to choose from (male and female, for example) to give a bit more clarity in the recording. But I can understand why that's not really feasible on a free software.