Modern Family

Just for the vocabulary, it is clear that Finland has some specific things related to how people see family here. The word “perhe” means the closest family that usually is parents, children and partner. Then there is the work “suku” that means the extended family, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and so on. I know that in many languages there is no such a distinction, because family is family, but for finns there is quite a big difference whether someone belongs in your immediate or extended family. 

 

Finnish

Perhe = close family

Suku = extended family

Sukulaiset = members of the extended family

Sukujuhlat = celebration with extended family

Montako perheenjäsentä sinulla on? = How many family members you have?

Perheenjäsen = member of a family

Äiti = mother

Isä = father

Sisko = sister

Veli = brother

Veli-Pekka

Isosisko = big sister

Pikkuveli = Little brother

Isöäiti, mummo = grandmother

Isoisä, vaari, pappa, ukki = grandfather

Setä = uncle

Täti = aunt

Eno = Brother of a mother

Serkku = cousin

Pikkuserkku = second cousin

 

Swahili

family-familia

mother-mama

familia ya karibu/close family

clan-ukoo

mama /mother

dad/baba

sister/dada

brother/kaka

brother/sister-ndugu

cousin/binamu

grandma/bibi

grandpapa/babu

big sister/dada mkubwa

kaka mdogo/little brother

little sister/dada mdogo

uncle/mjomba

Aunt /shangazi

wife/mke

husband/mume

my husband/mume wangu

my wife/mke wangu

binamu wangu wa mbali/a distant cousin

my distant cousin**

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