Cantonese: elder, older sister

Discussion in '中文+方言 (Chinese)' started by Hyperpolyglot, Mar 24, 2014.

  1. Hyperpolyglot Senior Member

    I think it [older sister in Cantonese] is 家姐, but could it be 加姐 or 嘉姐? And you can also say 姐姐,but I've never heard older brother be called 家哥, or 加哥 or 嘉哥, so why is it only applies to older sister?
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2014
  2. SuperXW

    SuperXW Senior Member

    Since the address of 家姐 is so common, I think people would deliberately avoid to nicknames someone 加姐 or 嘉姐.
    Why it only applies to older sister? Well, you will find a lot of Chinese kinship addresses NOT symmetrical... I have a Cantonese-speaking colleague who used to ask me why in Mandarin it's 叔叔(uncle) - 姨(untie), but not 叔叔 - 姨, nor 叔 - 阿姨, like in Cantonese. I can only say: it is not because it is not...
  3. Ghabi

    Ghabi Moderator

    Hong Kong
    There are also 家兄/家父/家母/家公/家婆. 家公/家婆 are still common words for "father/mother-in-law (of a woman)". 家父/家母 are still used in very polite context. But 家兄 sounds archaic.
  4. Youngfun

    Youngfun Senior Member

    Pekino, Ĉinujo
    Chinese/Italian - bilingual
    I think older brother is called dai lou? How would you write it?
  5. strad Senior Member

    English (American)
    大佬 can mean older brother, but can also mean boss, or in some cases it is used somewhat sarcastically like the English word "dude".
  6. jordantall New Member

    Cantonese-Hong Kong
    it's quite hard to say why would it be no家 but哥哥/阿哥
    but for me, just like whatSuperXW said, many of them are not symmetrical.
    One possible reason for that is that back in the old days, cantonese was widely used by different people from different regions or cultural background. So the language could be diverse and thus there were no united kinship addresses

    by the way, 家,嘉,and 加,in my point of view, they are just different words with similar pronunciation
    if we are focusing on which word the Hongkongers/ catoneses would use most on the interent or blogs, 家should be the most appropriate one
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2014
  7. Youngfun

    Youngfun Senior Member

    Pekino, Ĉinujo
    Chinese/Italian - bilingual
    Thank you lah.
  8. Youngfun

    Youngfun Senior Member

    Pekino, Ĉinujo
    Chinese/Italian - bilingual
    But in the recent HK drama 《叛逃》, 鍾日嘉(Jessica) is addressed as 嘉姐.

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