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I feel like there must be an answer to this question. I know each of the individual titles

外公,外婆,爷爷,奶奶

but I can't seem to find how to say a collective title 'grandparents' as we would use in English, nor will my dictionary turn up a good answer.

Can anyone tell me if there is a proper way to say grandparents in Chinese?

  • The best I can say is 祖父母 & 外祖父母. – songyuanyao Aug 23 at 9:40
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祖父母

祖父母是指父亲的父母亲,又称“爷爷、嫲嫲”、“爷爷、奶奶”。母亲的父母称为外祖父母,在中国南方称为外公、外婆,在中国北方则称为姥姥(或姥娘)、姥爷。自己则分别是祖父母和外祖父母的孙儿或孙女、外孙或外孙女。

It also links to the English page for Grandparent.


National Grandparents Day is also translated as:

祖父母节

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  • 外公,外婆 are the parents of your mum. You call them 外祖父母.
  • 爷爷,奶奶 are the parents of your dad. You call them 祖父母.

Understand?

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