Ok, so... I thought maybe I could keep it all straight, but now it has reached a point where I need clarification. In short, Hindi has (in my opinion) too many words for "uncle" and "aunt." Do I understand this correctly?
चाचा/चाची = my father's brother and sister मामा/मामी = my mother's brother and sister मौसा/मौसी = my mother's sister's husband and my mother's brother's wife फूफा/फूफी = ?? (my father's sister's husband and my father's brother's wife?)
Someone please help me understand these very descriptive kinship terms.
Here's the full list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindi-Urdu_kinship_terms
The list looks intimidating, but a lot of the terms are different ways of referring to the same person.
Just to clarify, चाचा = father's YOUNGER brother, and चाची is चाचा's wife. Father's elder brother is ताऊ and ताऊ's wife is ताई (or ताया). You are also mixed up for मामी and मौसा: मामा is mother's brother (younger or older), and मामा's wife is मामी. मौसी is mother's sister (younger or older) and मौसी's husband is मौसा. Finally फूफी (or बुआ) is father's sister (younger or older) and फूफी's husband is फूफा. They're a little tricky, but you'll get the hang of them, and at least they don't generally distinguish between older/younger aunts/uncles besides चाचा/ताऊ.
Thanks a lot for this clarification! Actually, Hindi and Urdu aren't the only asian languages to have so many different words for family members. I have been in China for several years but i still can't get my head around their family vocabulary. It is so complicated for my poor westerner's mind ^^
I trust RanzoG, so I'll point you at his reply to https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28090284 :
- "मेरे फूफा नाचते नहीं हैं।" --> My uncle does NOT dance
- "मेरे फूफा नहीं नाचते हैं।" --> My uncle does not dance
Both are correct. If you type the latter and are called wrong (except on a "tap what you hear"), report it.
If you search the "Hindi (from English)" forum for "नहीं emphasis", you'll find similar discussions.