Learn Chinese for Free—Lesson 20

Lesson 20 of 360

Today's Chinese characters:

妈爸哥弟姐妹

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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Dad, father
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Elder brother
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Younger brother
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jiě
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Elder sister
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mèi
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Younger sister

Description and Examples

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   ­ma   ­
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Ma, mum, mummy, mother
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   ­ba   ­
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Dad, daddy, father
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   ­ge   ­
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Elder brother
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   ­di   ­
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Younger brother
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jiě   ­jie   ­
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Elder sister
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mèi   ­mei   ­
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Younger 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.

Sentence Structure 13
Modifier Without 的

When a personal pronoun is used as a modifier 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


Now you can send a postcard written in Chinese to one of your relatives, writing for example "妈妈!"


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