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In my Chinese class we haven't really discussed how to ask people for their number, only business cards "Zhao pian" what would be the proper way to ask a girl for a number? I am thinking "wo keyi you shu" with the vocabulary that I do know.

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I assume you want ask number for dating purpose.

I don't think this is a Chinese language problem. The difficulty is not how to ask but when to ask.

"number" should be translated into "号" but not "数" here.

You may say "我能留一下你的手机号吗?"(May I take down your phone number?). However, the more popular way in China is to ask their to add your WeChat(

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Nowadays Chinese girls prefer using WeChat to making phone calls or texting. I recommend you to install this popular app and tell Chinese girls "加我微信吧" or "你微信号是多少?我想加你".

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Not an answer to the original question. – Wang Dingwei Nov 29 '14 at 15:23
This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post. – NS.X. Nov 30 '14 at 4:36

留个电话 (号码)

lit. leave a phone (number) - but it means the same as 'let me get your number'.

电话 means phone but can also mean phone number by extension - 号码 means number as in phone number, house number, etc. but that's optional here (hence the parenthesis above).

'shu' (数) on the other hand - as you wrote above - means number as in 1-10 but cannot be extended to other things.

So you could say: 美女,留个电话 but maybe you should be asking for their weixin (aka. wechat) instead...

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And this is downvoted why? – user3306356 Aug 11 '14 at 4:53
Upvoted. Strange things happen sometimes.... – Wang Dingwei Nov 5 '14 at 3:53

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