Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton

Name ALL the relatives!

Sometimes I wish I had more relatives so that, when learning another language’s kinship terms, I can remember them more easily by attaching labels to my own relatives, whose relationships I already know.

Since many languages don’t use the comparatively simple system English does (this entry was prompted by my having suspended the kinship term flashcards in my Klingon Anki deck), but use criteria such as older/younger, female/male, and so on. Typically most visible in words for “uncle/aunt” (for example, I had a farbror and still have several morbrors and mosters, but I have no faster).

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