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"My older brother is a student."

Translation:我的哥哥是学生。

November 19, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrew-Lin

我的哥哥是學生。


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TobyBartels

Is that the same thing in traditional characters?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chris91331

Aren't you supossed to leave the de away if its your family country or home? Like,我哥 我国 我家


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/circularsquare

You're allowed to, either way is correct and accepted.


[deactivated user]

    Nope, Duo doesnt accept the answers without "de"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laura871169

    I don't understand the difference between older brother and brother or older sister and sister.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tolunayo

    For us westerners the emphasis on older/younger made me think if there is any generic brother/sister or brothers/sisters in Chinese. I found the following page:

    https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/22079/how-are-ambiguous-brother-and-sister-typically-translated-into-chinese

    Quoting from the summary post on that page:


    Can be used to refer single / multiple siblings:

    older brother(s) = 哥哥
    younger brother(s) = 弟弟
    older sister(s) = 姐姐
    younger sister(s) = 妹妹

    Seldom used to refer to a single sibling:

    brothers = 兄弟
    sisters = 姐妹
    brothers & sisters = 兄弟姐妹


    It looks like Chinese family is very complicated:

    http://blog.tutorming.com/mandarin-chinese-learning-tips/family-tree-relatives-in-chinese


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GesaFlif

    they accept brother, but really it means older or younger


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MooN434

    In chinese, korean and japanese language, there are different terms for older/younger brother/sister


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YvonneL8

    Or it could be。我的哥哥是个学生.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KaiTengChi

    It should translate to 我的哥哥是一位學生, a student should be translated to 一位學生.

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