18 November 2013

Vocabulary: Chinese family

The Chinese family is quite different in some aspects to the western family. The Chinese differentiate between brothers if they are older or younger among them, giving it a completely different name to each one. Similarly happens with grandparents if they are maternal or paternal.





myself
me


brothers and sisters
兄弟
xiōngdì

older
哥哥
gēge
older brother
姐姐
jiějie
older sister
younger
弟弟
dìdi
younger brother
妹妹
mèimei
younger sister

parents
父母
fùmǔ

informal
爸爸
bàba
father
妈妈
māma
mother
formal
父亲
fùqīn
father
母亲
mǔqīn
mother


grandparents
祖父母
zǔfùmǔ

paternal
爷爷
yéye
grandfather
奶奶
nǎinai
grandmother
maternal
外公
wàigōng
grandfather
外婆
wàipó
grandmother