It’s all relative! Let’s talk about families in German

Families are always complicated, but learning what each family member (Familienmitglied) is called in German can be easy! :smiling_face:

In this family tree (Familienstammbaum) you will see the names of the family members in relation to oneself, just start on “Ich” and get familiar with this vocabulary.

A couple of comments:

  • Like in English, a lot of this vocabulary depends on the gender of the person. In the picture, this is represented with the orange symbols (:female_sign: for female and :male_sign: for male). The article will also give you a clue.
  • Ehepartner is the male form for spouse (also Mann) and Ehepartnerin is the female form (also Frau).
  • You can also call your grandparents Oma (grandma) and Opa (grandpa)
  • If you want to go even further back, just add the prefix “Ur-” to Großvater/Großmutter to create Urgroßvater (great-grandfather), Ururgroßmutter (great-great-grandmother), etc.
  • Just like in English, you can use the gender-neutral Kind for a child or Kinder for children.
  • There is also a German equivalent for sibling: Geschwister.

:point_right:t4: What other family vocabulary would you like to learn? Ask or share below!

:bulb: Pro-tip: If you’re looking for a good show to review this vocabulary, Appointment with the Past is an excellent video about a woman tracing back her ancestors!

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