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70+ Easy German Vocabulary For Family

July 25, 2022
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Are you visiting a friend in Germany? Have you met a special German someone and they're introducing you to their family? In either case, that's exciting, and knowing the German vocabulary for family members will make you stand out.

Thankfully as you'll see, the German family words sound an awful lot like their English counterparts. This will make the vocabulary easier to remember if you need to introduce your family members, such as a husband or wife, parent, child, or sibling. All right, let's get going and learn these all-important German words!

German Family Culture

In Germany, family bonds are strong. Virtually everyone you meet will insinuate how fundamentally important family is to them. There is, however, a distinction between immediate and extended relations. Direct relatives tend to have much stronger bonds and support compared to relatives by marriage.

When you meet someone's family members, you'll want to start off by introducing yourself in German. Be sure to include the person's name (if you know it) or address them with something like, it's lovely to finally meet so and so's mother.

Family Structure In Germany

German vocabulary for family

Within Germany, the nuclear family remains the most statistically common family structure. However, Germans are also excepting same-sex couples and same-sex families living together.

German people are also rather self-sufficing and independent, so you won't find entire generations of families living under one roof as you would in some other cultures. Grandparents or elderly parents tend to live on their own.

How To Describe Family In German

In the German culture, there is only one term for family, and it's the die Familie (the family). See how similar that is to English? Quite a few of the words will sound familiar. For those that look tricky to pronounce, click the blue button to hear the correct pronunciation.

Immediate Family Vocabulary In German

German Vocabulary Family
English German Pronunciation
The brother der Bruder
The child das Kind
The child die Kinder
The children die Geschwister
The daughter die Tochter
The father der Vater
The grandchildren die Enkelkinder
The granddaughter die Enkelin
The grandma die Oma
The grandpa der Opa
The grandson der Enkel
The half-brother der Halbbruder
The half-sister die Halbschwester
The husband der Ehemann
The mother die Mutter
The parents die Eltern
The siblings die Geschwister
The sister die Schwester
The son der Sohn

Extended Family Members In German Vocabulary

Talk in German About Family
English German Pronunciation
Great-grandfather der Urgroßvater
Great-grandmother die tolle Großmutter
Uncle der Onkel
Aunt die Tante
Cousin (male) der Cousin
Nephew der Neffe
Cousin (female) die Cousine
Niece die nichte

German Vocabulary For In-laws

English German Pronunciation
The in-laws die Schwiegereltern
Father-in-law der Schwiegervater
Mother-in-law die Schwiegermutter
Son-in-law der Schwiegersohn
Daughter-in-law die Schwiegertochter
Sister-in-law die Schwägerin
Brother-in-law der Schwager

German Vocabulary For Step-Family Members

English German Pronunciation
Stepfather der Stiefvater
Stepmother die Stiefmutter
Stepbrother der Stiefbruder
Stepsister die Stiefschwester
Half brother der Halbbruder
Half sister die Halbschwester

Other Family-Related Vocabulary In German

English German Pronunciation
Widower der Witwer
Widow die Witwe
Single Single
Married verheiratet
Divorced geschieden
Separated getrennt

Questions To Ask People About Their Family In German

German Vocabulary For extended Family

You may find it useful or polite to ask someone about their family. Remember to only really attempt this with people you know. To inquire about these questions with complete strangers would be considered odd in German culture and off-putting.

English German Pronunciation
Are you married? Bist du verheiratet?
How long have you been married? Wie lange bist du verheiratet?
Are you single? Sind Sie single?
Do you have children? Hast du Kinder?
Do you have siblings? haben sie geschwister
Where are your relatives from? Woher kommen Ihre Verwandten?
Where are your parents from? Woher kommen deine Eltern?

Family-Related Questions To Ask Locals

English Question German Question Pronunciation English Response German Response Pronunciation
Do you have children?
Hast du Kinder?
We have 3 children wir haben drei kinde
Are you related?
Bist du verwandt?
We are not related wir sind nicht verwandt
Who is your mother? Wer ist deine Mutter? This is my mother Das ist meine Mutter
How many siblings do you have? Sind deine Eltern verheiratet? I have two siblings Ich habe zwei Geschwister
Do you have a brother or a sister? Hast du einen Bruder oder eine Schwester? Yes, I have two brothers and one sister. Ja, ich habe zwei Brüder und eine Schwester
Is she your wife? Wie ist der Name deines Bruders? Yes, this is my wife Ja, das ist meine Ehefrau

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