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Learn the Chinese Family Tree with This Song

Aug. 17, 2018

Introduction:

Family is a very important part of any culture, but especially in China. It’s important when learning Chinese to know how to address family members, especially those that are older in the family, in a proper way. This kids’ song is a great way to teach a child all of the immediate family names.

Watch this video of kid’s songs:

Lyrics:

Bàba de bàba jiào shénme?
爸爸的爸爸叫什么?
What do you call your dad’s dad?

Bàba de bàba jiào yéye.
爸爸的爸爸叫爷爷。
Dad’s father is called grandpa.

Bàba de māma jiào shénme?
爸爸的妈妈叫什么?
What do you call your dad’s mom?

Bàba de māma jiào nǎinai.
爸爸的妈妈叫奶奶。
Dad’s mom is called grandma.

Bàba de gēge jiào shénme?
爸爸的哥哥叫什么?
What do you call your dad’s elder brother?

Bàba de gēge jiào bóbo.
爸爸的哥哥叫伯伯。
Dad’s brother is called uncle.

Bàba de dìdi jiào shénme?
爸爸的弟弟叫什么?
What do you call your dad’s younger brother?

Bàba de dìdi jiào shūshu.
爸爸的弟弟叫叔叔。
Dad’s younger brother is called uncle.

Bàba de jiěmèi jiào shénme?
爸爸的姐妹叫什么?
What do you call your dad’s sister?

Bàba de jiěmèi jiào gūgu.
爸爸的姐妹叫姑姑。
Dad’s sister is called aunt.

Māma de bàba jiào shénme?
妈妈的爸爸叫什么?
What do you call your mom’s dad?

Māma de bàba jiào wàigōng.
妈妈的爸爸叫外公。
Mom’s dad is called grandpa.

Māma de māma jiào shénme?
妈妈的妈妈叫什么?
What do you call your mom’s mom?

Māma de māma jiào wàipó.
妈妈的妈妈叫外婆。
Mom’s mom is called grandma.

Māma de xiōngdì jiào shénme?
妈妈的兄弟叫什么?
What do you call your mom’s brother?

Māma de xiōngdì jiào jiùjiu.
妈妈的兄弟叫舅舅。
Mom’s brother is called uncle.

Māma de jiěmèi jiào shénme?
妈妈的姐妹叫什么?
What do you call your mom’s sister?

Māma de jiěmèi jiào āyí.
妈妈的姐妹叫阿姨。
Mom’s sister is called aunt.

Some vocabularies of family members from the song:

爷爷 (Yéye): grandpa.

奶奶 (Nǎinai): grandma.

伯伯 (Bóbo): uncle.

叔叔 (Shūshu): uncle.

姑姑 (Gūgu): aunt.

外公 (Wàigōng): grandpa.

外婆 (Wàipó): grandma.

舅舅 (Jiùjiu): uncle.

阿姨 (Āyí): aunt.

HSK 3 quiz

1. What do you call your dad’s sister in Chinese?

A. 阿姨 (Āyí)

B. 姑姑 (Gūgu)

C. 奶奶 (Nǎinai)

See Answer Analysis

—Written by Ronina Li—
Ronina Li lives in the Beijing and has been a Mandarin teacher for 6 years. She likes reading and delicious food. She hope she can help more people to learn Chinese language and know Chinese culture.

Want to Learn More about Family in Mandarin Chinese? Read This Full List of Family Members:

Family
Chinese Quiz: How To Address Your Family

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