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    #1

    Family vocabulary

    I need to know some words connected to the family.
    Let's look at some examples:

    your brother's/sister's daughter: niece
    your fathers' new wife: stepmother
    your husband's/wife's brother: brother in law


    But what about the following ones:
    someone with no brothers or sisters?
    everybody in your family?

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    #2

    Re: Family vocabulary

    Quote Originally Posted by lucale View Post
    I need to know some words connected to the family.
    Let's look at some examples:

    your brother's/sister's daughter: niece
    your fathers' new wife: stepmother
    your husband's/wife's brother: brother in law


    But what about the following ones:
    someone with no brothers or sisters? Only child.
    everybody in your family?
    My/Your immediate family.
    My OP.
    Last edited by Yankee; 15-Jun-2019 at 21:13. Reason: editing

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    Re: Family vocabulary

    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee View Post
    My OP.
    Yes, immediate family is an option.
    But what about extended family?
    Or, generally speaking, family members?

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    #4

    Re: Family vocabulary

    My entire/whole family.
    All my family.
    All my relatives.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Family vocabulary

    Quote Originally Posted by lucale View Post
    your father's new wife: stepmother
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 15-Jun-2019 at 22:23.

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    #6

    Re: Family vocabulary

    English doesn't have a really evocative term for that. In my family we use the Yiddish and say the ganza mischpoche.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 16-Jun-2019 at 05:21. Reason: Correct spelling to agree with the way I pronounce a word.
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    #7

    Re: Family vocabulary

    I've heard (and used) 'The whole fam damnly'.

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    #8

    Re: Family vocabulary

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    I've heard (and used) 'The whole fam damnly'.
    The ganza mischpoche is a good translation of that.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: Family vocabulary

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The ganza mischpoche is a good translation of that.
    Well then, I guess I'll have to try 'Gonzo Miss Pokey' some time...

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    #10

    Re: Family vocabulary

    To be honest, I can't think of when I would really talk about my extended family- we bump into each other at things like funerals and often can't remember one another's names.

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