Most Chinese families stay very close together, with different generations either living with each other or close by, or visiting each other frequently. Sometimes extended families can have a large number of members, with many cousins and aunts and uncles.

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) How to enquire about who is who in a family

(2) To explain about certain family relationships

Dialogue: Two friends are looking through some old family photographs:

A-这是你们全家福啊?Is this your family portrait?

B-对,好大一家子哈!Yes, we are a really big family!

A-是啊!这是你爸妈么?Yes, are they your father and mother?

B-不是,这是我姑姑和姑父。我爸妈在这儿。那是我爷爷奶奶。No. They are my aunt and uncle. My parents are here. They are my grandfather and grandmother.

A-那这4个呢?How about these four?

B-都是我兄弟。我有4个兄弟。They are all my brothers. I have four brothers.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

这是:this is

你们:you

全家福:family portrait

对:yes

好大:very big

一家子:a family

是:yes

爸妈:father and mother

不是:no

姑姑:aunt

姑父:uncle

这儿: here

这4个:these four

都是:all

兄弟:brother

我有:I have

Cultural note: due to the one-child policy in China, people who were born between 1980-2000 are usually single children in the family. This issue became less and less strict after 2000 until recently, in early 2016, it was agreed by the Government that Chinese couples may have a second child.

Yes! I’d like to learn Mandarin Chinese more effectively

Narrated by Song Liu

Our Podcast narrator, is a native Chinese speaker and is originally from Beijing, China and is keen to help you get ahead with learning. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Song also hosted a Mandarin live call-in news and music radio show in the Bay Area.

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