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shēng
nephew-2

=

生shēng + 男
life/seed + male
Character Notes

Your sister has given life to a male. You have a nephew!

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侄 zhí nephew

zhí
nephew

=

亻 + 至zhì
persona + until
Character Notes

You won't have a nephew until your brother has a child. OR You thought of your persona's son as your nephew until...

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甥 shēng nephew-2

daughter-in-law

=

女 + 息xī
woman + breath
Character Notes

Give your daughter-in-law some breathing room. She might be feeling a lot of pressure.

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elder sister

=

女 + *弟
woman + *younger brother
Character Notes

*this is a younger brother with his horny head ripped off; This is your evil elder sister, not your quiet older sister (split personality?)

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姐 jiě older sister

sǎo
elder brother's wife

=

女 + 叟sǒu
woman + skeleton
Character Notes

This is your skinny (or dead) aunt, or maybe she dressed up for Halloween as a skeleton.

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father's older brother

=

亻 + 白bái
persona + white
Character Notes

The first persona in the family whose hair turned white.

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shěn
auntie

=

女 + 审shěn
woman + painstaking
Character Notes

(This is your father's younger brother's wife.) This auntie painstakingly grows beets inside her house.

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jiù
mother's brother

=

臼jiù + 男
rib cage + male
Character Notes

This is super skinny farmer Uncle Joe on your mother's side.

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father

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mother

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picture of breasts

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nǎi
milk [n.]

=

女 + 乃nǎi
woman + fist
Character Notes

woman squeezes with fist and gets milk

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gōng
public [adj.]

=

八 + 厶
eight + monument
Character Notes

public bus #8 goes to the monument

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shū
uncle

=

上 + 小 + 又
above + small + again/right hand
Character Notes

Uncle Schubert is put in charge of the small kids again.

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father’s sister

=

女 + 古gǔ
woman + ancient
Character Notes

your ancient aunt

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xiōng
elder brother, *teenager

=

口 + 儿
mouth + human legs
Character Notes

A mouth with human legs is a teenager.

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哥gē older brother

old woman

=

波bō + 女
waves + woman
Character Notes

waves in the skin OR Old Woman and the Sea (at home watching the waves)

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grandfather

=

父 + 卩jié
father + notarized
Character Notes

notarized original passed from grandfather to father

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lǎo
maternal grandmother

=

女 + 老lǎo
woman + old
Character Notes

picture your maternal grandmother as a very old woman

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maternal aunt

=

女 + 夷yí
woman + barbarian
Character Notes

the relatives on the maternal side are the outsiders OR alternatively: 女+大+弓 woman + large + bow, ayi defending kids with a large bow

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婿

son-in-law

=

女 + 疋 + 月
woman + Spartan Race + month
Character Notes

woman criticizes her son-in-law for taking a month to train for a Spartan Race

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mama

=

女 + 马mǎ
woman + horse
Character Notes

Does your mom like horses?

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mèi
younger sister

=

女 + 未wèi
woman + not yet
Character Notes

younger sister, always being told “not yet” OR younger sister, Mae, is not yet a woman

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jiě
older sister

=

女 + 且qiě
woman + shelves
Character Notes

older sister, Jenna, has her shelf of books you can’t touch

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sūn
grandchild

=

子 + 小
child + small
Character Notes

small children are taken care of by their grandparents in China

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older brother

=

可 + 可kě
can + can
Character Notes

older brother doing the can-can

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papa

=

父 + 巴bā
father + boa
Character Notes

father protecting his children from a boa

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