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8 Ways To Address Your Cousin In Mandarin

2 months ago
There are different ways to address your cousin and it depends on which parent's side your cousin from, and it is a he or she, also if this cousin is older or younger than you.
If this cousin is from your uncles of your dad's side( your dad's brothers), then they all start with 堂táng

  • 堂哥 tánggē  =  older male cousin on dad’s side (dad's brothers' children)
  • 堂弟 tángdì  =  younger male cousin on dad’s side (dad's brothers' children)
  • 堂姐  tángjiě  = older female cousin on dad’s side (dad's brothers' children)
  • 堂妹 tángmèi = younger female cousin on dad’s (dad's brothers' children)
If this cousin is from your aunties of your dad's side or any cousin from your mom's side, then they start with 表Biǎo
  • 表哥 biǎogē  =  older male cousin on mom’s side or dad's sisters'
  • 表弟 biǎodì  =  younger male cousin on mom’s side or dad's sisters'
  • 表姐  biǎojiě  = older female cousin on mom’s side or dad's sisters'
  • 表妹 biǎomèi = younger female cousin on mom’s side or dad's sisters'