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Words of the Day: Ge Ge (Big Brother)

Posted: Friday, April 23, 2010 By Ni Hao Books

The Words of the Day for today is 哥哥, gē ge (big brother). When it comes to names of various family members, Chinese can be really confusing. There is pretty much a word for every one members. For example, brothers are used in English to describe older or younger brothers. One simply say older or younger brother. In Mandarin Chinese, older brother is 哥哥, while the younger brother is 弟弟, dì di. The same applies for sisters, grandparents from both sides, aunts and uncles from both sides, all different. And depending on the region one lives in China, there are different ways to call the grandparents as well.

Some of the books that will help to clarify are Little Pocket Book-Learning Words (2), and My First Learning Book-100 Words.

 

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