How would someone say "grandfather" in Chinese?

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Luneko
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How would someone say "grandfather" in Chinese?

Post by Luneko » Wed Mar 07, 2007 12:38 am

I have a question for a story I'm writing, and I would be very grateful if people could help me with this!

What would someone call his Chinese grandfather? Would he use different words depending on whether he is close to his grandfather or not? Would he use different words depending on whether he is speaking directly to his grandfather or speaking about his grandfather to someone else? Are the words different in different Chinese dialects?

I would also like to know the answers to the same questions about "grandmother".

Thanks! (^_^)
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Post by » Thu Mar 08, 2007 10:31 am

grandfather:
Mother's father:外祖父,外公,老爷
father's father:祖父,爷爷

grandmother:
mother's mother:外祖母,外婆,姥姥
father's mother:祖母,奶奶

Q:Would he use different words depending on whether he is close to his grandfather or not?
A:it seems like that there's no difference.

Q:Would he use different words depending on whether he is speaking directly to his grandfather or speaking about his grandfather to someone else?
A:there's no difference.
in fact,there's ddifference between "mother's father" and father's mother in Chinese

Q:Are the words different in different Chinese dialects?
A:sorry ,i speak mandarin...so i can not tell you the exact answer.
Luneko
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Post by Luneko » Mon Mar 12, 2007 8:39 pm

Thank you very much! :D Your response was very helpful.
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