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Hi Listeners! What is your favorite Family Member word? Let us know!
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先生 (sin1 saang1) ~ husband and 太太 (taai3 taai2) ~ wife are being used only when introducing them to the others, for example, you can say 我先生(ngo5 sin1 saang1) ~ my husband and 我太太 (ngo5 taai3 taai2) ~ my wife. For 老公(lou5 gung1) ~ husband and 老婆(lou5 po4) ~ wife, not only can be used in the above situations but also the conditions that you want to call your husband or wife. 😉
What about the use of sin1 saang1 for husband and taai3 taai2 for wife? What's the difference between these terms and lou5 gung1 and lou5 po4?
Thank you for your question.
舅父 (kau5 fu2) ~ maternal side uncle (mother's brother)
阿姨 (aa3 ji1) ~ maternal side aunt (mother's younger sister)
姨媽 (ji4 maa1) ~ maternal side aunt (mother's older sister)
伯父 (baa3 fu6) ~ paternal side uncle (father's older brother)
叔叔 (suk1 suk1) ~ paternal side uncle (father's younger brother)
姑媽 (gu1 maa1) ~ paternal side aunt (father's older sister)
姑姐 (gu1 ze1) ~ paternal side aunt (father's younger sister)
You could simply add 大 (daai6), 二 (ji6), 三 (saam1), etc, to specify their order. Taking 舅父 (kau5 fu2) as an example, you could call 大舅父(daai6 kau5 fu2) ~ first uncle, 二舅父 (ji6 kau5 fu2) ~ second uncle 三舅父(saam1 kau5 fu2) ~ third uncle, which also works on other family terms.
In my family there are multiple aunts and uncles on both my maternal and paternal sides - can you explain a bit more the naming/ordering and terminology? Thanks!
優秀 （jau1 sau3）～excellent (written form)
好正 (hou2 zeng3) ~ fabulous (colloquial expression)
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Thank you for your question. Your husband is right that there are 2 ways to say grandma and grandpa. ?
爺爺 (je4 je2) or 阿爺(aa3 je2)~ paternal or father side grandpa
嫲嫲 (maa4 maa4) or 阿嫲(aa3 maa4) ~ paternal or father side grandma
公公(gung1 gung1) or 阿公(aa3 gung1) ~ maternal or mother side grandpa
婆婆 (po4 po2) or 阿婆(aa3 po2) ~ maternal or mother side grandma
Sometimes when people say 公公婆婆 (gung1 gung1 po4 po2) could means "the elderly" so you have to pay attention to the context or the situation.
My husband tells me that there is 2 ways to say grandma and grandpa. That it depends on which side of the family they come from. As in the father's parents have different way to say grandma and grandpa to the mother's parents. The grandma and grandpa provided here are which ones? And also what are the Cantonese characters and pronunciation for the grandpa and grandma not mention in this list. Thank you!