Family matters Posted by jan on Dec 6, 2010 in Culture, Grammar, Language
Hi everybody. Today I want to show you some words that are about family. For this, just read the following (fictional) text. In the end I got some questions that you can answer through the comment field if you want!
– My name is Jan and my family status is “verheiratet” (married). My Ehefrau (wife) works as a hairstylist in the city of Berlin. We have three Kinder (children). Two Jungen (boys) and one Mädchen (girl). They´re called Fritz, Max and Susi. They´re aged 8, 5 and 3. Fritz is the oldest. His Bruder (brother) Max is the youngest and his Schwester (sister) Susi is in between. They love to play with their Cousinen (cousins) Emil and Charlotte. Their parents are my wife´s sister and her Ehemann (husband) Michael. So to me, Michael is my Schwager (brother-in-law).
My Eltern (parents) live in the south of Germany. So do my Schwiegereltern (parents-in-law). Our Tanten und Onkel (aunts and uncles) are living all over Germany. So we don´t see them very often.
My brother also has some children. One of my Neffen (nephews) is a Patenkind (godchild) to me and I´ll try to be the best Patenonkel (godfather) I can be in case they become Waisen (orphans) which hopefully won´t happen!
So as you can imagine, life is demanding sometimes with such a big family. But my Söhne (sons) and my Tochter (daughter) are developing very well and I wouldn´t miss them anymore! To hear them say Papa (dad) or Mama (mom) is one of the greatest things in life!
Christmas is always a big Familienfest (family celebration) so the whole crowd will be united for some days. –
Questions (to answer in German):
– What is the word for the husband of my wife´s sister?
– What is the word for the children of my brother?
– What are children called, who´s parents already died?
– Could you translate wife and husband?
– My male child is a _______ to me. My female child is a _______ to me.
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