When talking to his Chinese manager at a team dinner, Leo gets a chance to put into use the Chinese he has learned so far. The conversation moves onto family, and Dani explains the words for family in Mandarin Chinese. Leo learns the words for brothers and sisters. And he also learns the Mandarin words for children, including son and daughter.
The team are at dinner to celebrate a successful conference. Jack, Leo's manager, asks him about himself. Leo gets a chance to have a lengthy conversation in Chinese and to use everything he has learned to date. Jack asks Leo about his family, and Dani explains some useful Chinese words relating to family. Leo is surprised to learn that there is more than one word for brother, and also for sister!
Inquiring about somebody's family and their health is a common way to show interest and respect among Chinese people. So if people are asking about your family, you should feel pleased that they are interested. In order to keep the conversation flowing, you should be prepared with a few sentences about each of your family members. You can be guaranteed to be asked about the ages of your parents, siblings or children, and this is easy to prepare.
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