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Can you address your Chinese relatives correctly?
Sep 23, 2013 03:24
  • ZOEY
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I come up with this question for the phenomenon that many Chinese girls have been married with foreigners. I don’t if Chinese girl bring their foreign husbands to visit her relatives on some important occasions. If they do, how can they make sure that their husbands address all the relatives correctly?

Don’t worry. Here is a map for you to figure the relationship.

In the center of the map is You and your wife.

To you and your wife:
嫂子: your or her elder brother’s wife.
弟媳: your or her younger brother’s wife.
姐夫:your elder sister’s husband.
妹夫:your younger sister’s husband.

侄子:son of your elder or younger brother
侄女:daughter of your elder or younger brother
儿媳妇:your son’s wife.
女婿:your daughter’s husband (son-in-law)
外甥:son of your elder or younger sister
外甥女:daughter of your elder or younger sister
孙子:your son’s son
孙女:your son’s daughter
外孙:your daughter’s son
外孙女:your daughter’ daughter

舅舅:your mother’s brother
舅妈:wife of your mother’s brother
If your mother has two brothers (elder and younger brothers):
大舅 ( your mother’s elder brother) 小舅 (your mother’s younger brother)
姨妈:your mother’s sister
姨丈 or 姨夫:husband of your mother’s sister


伯父:your father’s elder brother
伯母:wife of your father’s elder brother
叔父:your father’s younger brother
婶婶:wife your father’s younger brother
姑妈:your father’s sister
姑丈 or 姑夫:husband of your father’s sister
堂兄弟:son of your father’s brother (both elder and younger)
堂姊妹:daughter of your father’s brother (both elder and younger)


表兄弟:son of your mother’s brother, your mother’s sister and your father’s sister
表姐妹:daughter of your mother’s brother, your mother’s sister and your father’s sister

祖父 or 爷爷:your father’s father
祖母 or 奶奶:your father’s mother
外祖父 or 外公:your mother’s father
外祖母,外婆 or 姥姥:your mother’s mother.


Last edited by ZOEY: Sep 23, 2013 03:25
Sep 23, 2013 03:34
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  • ZOEY
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Thanks to the one-child policy, Chinese people will have fewer and fewer relatives in the future.
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