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Hello. I am hoping you can help me out. I am trying to figure out how to write 'Aunt' in Chinese. I have Googled it, but so many different options come up. I want to make sure it is an accurate translation. I want the symbols used, please.

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Hello Ashleigh,
    Thanks for your question. I feel apology on keeping you waiting my answer for several days.
    Generally, "aunt" can be explained in Mandarin Chinese with "阿姨" (pinyin ā y). However, "阿姨" cannot cover any situations that "aunt" used in English. They would differ whether the "aunt" their relatives or not. "阿姨" only used in referring to people who isn't relatives. When it comes to refer to relatives, "阿姨" is no longer used. Chinese speakers often use "姨妈" (pinyin y mā, mainly south China saying) or "姨姨" (pinyin y yi, mainly north China saying), both of them mean the sister of mother.
    More, sometimes "aunt" in English can be used to refer to old woman, but in Mandarin people use "奶奶" (pinyin nǎi nai, literally meaning "grandma") or "大娘"/"大妈" (pinyin d ning/d mā, literally meaning "old mother").
    PS, "aunt" has different sayings in Chinese depends on different dialects, this post discusses Mandarin Chinese.


    It's my second answer in AE, and I hope it can do you a favor. Thanks.

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Chinese language, Chinese culture, Teaching Chinese as a foreign/second language

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I'm now a junior undergraduate majored in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, BLCU (Beijing Language and Culture University), and have been trained specifically on certain fields, including General Linguistics, SLA (Second Language Acquisition) techniques, and Ancient/Modern Chinese, etc. I have experience on teaching Chinese to long/short term students, and understand the major problems, questions, and its solutions.

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2009-13 BA in process Beijing Language and Culture University, majored in TCFL

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Chief executor of research project named The Study of Central Constituent Elimination on the Adverbial Central Structure Based on Corpus

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