The Chinese Address Terms
The Chinese are very particular about their address terms to the family members and relatives. For example, the English word "sister" includes both"jiejie (elder sister)" and "meimei(younger sister)"in Chinese. So it is with the English word brother(Gege Didi).
Other similar examples,such as, "uncle " on paternal uncle may be "shushu" (father芒鈧劉s younger brother)or "bobo" 盲录炉盲录炉(father芒鈧劉s elder brother) or"jiujiu "(maternal aunt,that is,mother芒鈧劉s brother).The same is true for the term "aunt",meaning "gugu, yima, jiuma, bomu, shenshen etc.)
Sill some other terms are even more complicated. Nephew may be Zhizi,Waisheng ,niece may be ZHinv and Waishengnv. Grandparents may be Yeye Nainai And Laolao Laoye Grandchildren may be Sun zinv and Waisunzinv .Cousin may be referred to asTangxiong and tangdi or Tangjie Tangmei or Biaoxiong ,Biaomei or Baioge ,Biaodi regardless of their sexes. Isn"t it interesting?