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    Is it Ok to say the following words?

    cousin brothers / cousin sister.

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    Re: Is it Ok to say the following words?

    If you are asking if we speak of 'cousin brothers' and 'cousin sisters' the answer is "No".

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    Re: Is it Ok to say the following words?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    If you are asking if we speak of 'cousin brothers' and 'cousin sisters' the answer is "No".
    Those are accepted terms where I am from.
    How do you distingush between male and female cousins then? Or you don't?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Is it Ok to say the following words?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Those are accepted terms where I am from.
    How do you distingush between male and female cousins then? Or you don't?
    We generally don't feel the need.

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    Re: Is it Ok to say the following words?

    So it is a direct translation from our native language.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Is it Ok to say the following words?

    Then what expression can we use to distinguish male cousins from female ones?

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    Re: Is it Ok to say the following words?

    As I said, we don't generally need to. If we did, we'd simply speak of 'male cousins' and 'female cousins'. Native speakers of British, Irish, Antipodean and North American English are less concerned with details of family relationships outside the immediate family than people from some other cultures.
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    Re: Is it Ok to say the following words?

    Also, often the context or the cousin's name will provide a clue to gender, but as Piscean has mentioned, English doesn't normally bother with the distinction that other languages may make.

    Czech also has separate words for a male or female cousin. Some languages even differentiate between relations from your father's side and your mother's side. Arabic for instance, distinguishes between paternal and maternal grandparents, and even male and female paternal and maternal cousins.

    I have a few Burmese students, and I was unaware it made the distinction. I'm glad to have read your post, as I learned something new.

    Kyawwin, you list your native language as Burmese - do you happen to know if this male/female cousin distinction also exists in some of the other languages of Burma, such as Arakanese and the Karen languages?
    Last edited by Skrej; 15-Jul-2015 at 12:33.

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    Re: Is it Ok to say the following words?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Some languages even differentiate between relations from your father's side and your mother's side.
    That is the case in my native language, but I am not a teacher.
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 15-Jul-2015 at 12:46.

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    Re: Is it Ok to say the following words?

    I don't know the languages of other ethnic groups in my country, but in Myanmar ( Burmese) , there is a clear distinction in referring to your elder male cousin or younger male cousin.

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