Immediate Family Members in Mandarin

Audio Files for Pronunciation Practice

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Chinese families are strongly paternal and hierarchical. There is a title for every family relationship on both the mother's and father's side. This is a list of Mandarin Chinese names of immediate family members, and each entry is accompanied by an audio file for pronunciation and listening practice.

Father

Father characters in Mandarin
  • English: Father
  • Pinyin: bàba
  • Chinese: 爸爸

Mother

Mother characters in Mandarin
  • English: Mother
  • Pinyin: māma
  • Traditional Chinese: 媽媽
  • Simplified Chinese: 妈妈

Older Brother

Older brother characters in Mandarin
  • English: Older brother
  • Pinyin: gēge
  • Chinese: 哥哥

Younger Brother

Younger brother characters in Mandarin
  • English: Younger brother
  • Pinyin: dìdi
  • Chinese: 弟弟

Older Sister

Older sister characters in Mandarin
  • English: Older sister
  • Pinyin: jiě jie
  • Chinese: 姐姐

Younger Sister

Younger Sister characters in Mandarin
  • English: Younger sister
  • Pinyin: mèi mei
  • Chinese: 妹妹

Son

Son characters in Mandarin
  • English: Son
  • Pinyin: ér zi
  • Traditional Chinese: 兒子
  • Simplified Chinese: 儿子

Daughter

Daughter characters in Mandarin
  • English: Daughter
  • Pinyin: nǚ ér
  • Traditional Chinese: 女兒
  • Simplified Chinese: 女儿