Learn Chinese for Free - Lesson 28

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Today's Chinese characters:

妈哥弟姐

Would it not be nice to send a postcard written in Chinese to one of your relatives? Now you can!

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Characters' Essentials

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-Mum, mother
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-Elder brother
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-Younger brother
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-Elder sister

Description and Examples

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Ma, mum, mummy, mother
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Elder brother
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Younger brother
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Elder sister


What do all these words have in common? They are composed by the same character repeated twice, but the second time pronounced in the neutral tone. There's no grammar rule implied, it's just the characteristic of these words.

Dialogue 14

A:
妈妈哥哥姐姐弟弟
B:
他们

ATTENTION:

妈妈哥哥姐姐弟弟
means
妈妈 + 哥哥 + 姐姐 + 弟弟

Sentence Structure 16
Attributive Genitive Without 的

When a personal pronoun is used as an attributive and the headword is a word for relatives, parts of the body or units or collectives to which the pronoun belongs, the structural particle may be omitted.

Examples

Both are correct:

妈妈

妈妈


Exercise

Send a postcard written in Chinese. You can just say "Hello Mum!"


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Characters' Details

Chinese Character 56 of 1000

appearance score: # 750
frequency: 0.0251271%
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-Mum, mother; (a form of address for a married woman one generation one's senior); (a form of address for middleaged or old maidservant)

This character has a different traditional version.

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(same as simplified one's)

Chinese Character 57 of 1000

appearance score: # 804
frequency: 0.0225421%
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-Brother, elder brother

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Chinese Character 58 of 1000

appearance score: # 816
frequency: 0.0220698%
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-Brother, younger brother
-(A general term for a younger kinsman of the same generation)
-(A modest form of address between friends in epistolary style)
-(A surname)

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Chinese Character 59 of 1000

appearance score: # 830
frequency: 0.0215819%
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-Sister, elder sister; a general term for young women

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