EP12 家庭 Modern Chinese Family
Say family members in Chinese;
How Chinese call the older generation;
Chinese family values.
Part I Chinese 101
bà bà ,mā mā ,zhè shì wǒ de tóng xué ,lǐ lì。
Dad, mom, this is my classmate, XXX.
shū shū hǎo ,ā yí hǎo 。hěn gāo xìng rèn shí nǐ men。
Hello, uncle and aunt, nice to meet you all.
huān yíng lái wǒ jiā。
Welcome to our family!
Words & Expressions:
【爸爸】bà bà:father, dad
【妈妈】mā mā: mother, mom
* Some times Chinese people use “爸” or “妈” to call their parents for short
e.g我爸wo ba:my father; 我妈wo ma: my mother
* Nowadays young Chinese like to use “老爸(lao ba)” and “老妈(lao ma)” to call their parents.
【叔叔】shū shū: uncle;father’s little brother
王叔叔,你好。. Hello, uncle Wang.
这是我叔叔。. This is my uncle.
*Chinese people call their fathers’little brothers “叔叔”
【阿姨】ā yí: aunt; nurse (in a family or kindergarten); nanny
王阿姨,你好。Hello, aunt Wang.
这是我家的阿姨。This is our nanny.
* Chinese people addres one who is younger than their parents, or same age with their parents “叔叔”and “阿姨”,for those who is older than their parents as “伯父(bo fu)or “伯母(bo mu)”
【同学】tóng xué: classmate
【认识】rèn shí: know, recognize
【欢迎】huān yíng: welcome
【家】jiā: family, home
家人: family members
Part II Language Tips
The origins of the character “家”
Chinese family values
Part III Story of The Day
相敬如宾 Treat Each Other With Respect
xiàng jìng rú bīn
Treat Each Other With Respect
Chinese people describe a good marriage as treating each other with respect, like treating a guest. It shows a Chinese philosophy that equality and respect are crucial in building a good intimate relationship.
Literal meaning: Treat each other with respect
Explanation: to describe a high quality marriage
jié hūn hòu ,tā men liǎng gè xiàng jìng rú bīn ,rì zǐ guò dé hěn xìng fú .
The young couple has treated each other with respect since they married, and have a happy life together.