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
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
Extended Family Members In German Vocabulary
|Great-grandmother||die tolle Großmutter|
|Cousin (male)||der Cousin|
|Cousin (female)||die Cousine|
German Vocabulary For In-laws
|The in-laws||die Schwiegereltern|
German Vocabulary For Step-Family Members
|Half brother||der Halbbruder|
|Half sister||die Halbschwester|
Other Family-Related Vocabulary In German
Questions To Ask People About Their Family In German
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.
Family-Related Questions To Ask Locals
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