Vocabulary

Семья / Family

I figured it was time for a simple vocabulary post on a certain topic. How about something important? Family! The Russian word for family is семья. Do not confuse the Russian false cognate “фамилия” with English “family”, because фамилия translates to “surname”!

Семья – family

Мать/мама – mother
(mat’ / MA-ma)
Отец/папа – father
(a-TYETS / PA-pa)
Дочь – daughter
(doch’)
Сын – son
(sin)
Сестра – sister
(sye-STRA)
Брат – brother
(brat)

Родители – parents
(ra-DEE-tye-li)
Дети – children
(DYE-ti)

Жена – wife
(zhe-NA)
Муж – husband
(moosh)

Бабушка – grandmother
(BA-boo-shka)
Дедушка – grandfather
(DYE-doo-shka)
Внучка – granddaughter
(VNOO-chka)
Внук – grandson
(vnook)
Тётя – aunt
(TYO-tya)
Дядя – uncle
(DYA-dya)
Племянница – niece
(plye-MYAN-ni-tsa)
Племянник – nephew
(plye-MYAN-nik)
Двоюродная сестра – first cousin (female)
(dva-YOO-rad-naya sye-STRA)
Двоюродный брат – first cousin (male)
(dva-YOO-rad-ni brat)
Неродная сестра – cousin (female)
(nye-rad-NA-ya sye-STRA)
Неродной брат – cousin (male)
(nye-rad-NOY brat)

*Underlined vowels are stressed.

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