Family Members in Spanish

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Introduction

One of the frequently used topics in a conversation is your family members. Why is that? The main reason for this is that family matters most in the majority of Spanish-speaking countries. Culture is the reason. This is mostly due to the culture in these countries. Spaniards tend to deal with their personal problems through their families, relying on relatives for support when things get tough.

It is important that you learn how to talk about your family in SpanishOur blogpost is the perfect solution for you. That’s why we created this list of Spanish family members.

Knowing these words will also help you understand native speakers better when they are talking about their families. Every section has a tailored list of different family members. These lists will be followed by some short exercises. After them you can show off how good you understood the topic.

To start off, we have created the following video that gives you family related vocabulary in Spanish in the context. We believe it’s the best way to learn words and phrases because you can have a picture in your mind of what to expect from each expression. Dive into the topic right away.
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Immediate family members

In this section of the blog we will talk about the closest members of your family. This is also known as immediate or close family (I would delete the first part, just leave immediate or close..). Basically, with whom you would share a family dinner or a casual get together.

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padre

father

madre

mother

padres

parents (father and mother or two fathers)

hijo

son

hija

daughter

esposo/marido

husband

esposa

wife

hermano

brother

hermana

sister

abuelo

grandfather

abuela

grandmother

abuelos

grandparents

Some example sentences:

In-laws

In-laws are family members that are the partners of one of the family members. This means that they are married into the family. Depending on who’s partner they are, then the name changes. 

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suegro

father-in-law

suegra

mother-in-law

yerno

son-in-law

nuera

daughter-in-law

cuñado

brother-in-law

cuñada

sister-in-law

Some example sentences:

To have a better overview of what you have learned until now practice this exercise.

Extended family members

For Spanish people, the extended family is just as important as the immediate family. Have it in mind while communicating. Don’t be lazy and learn this vocabulary as well.

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nietos

grandchildren

nieto

grandson

nieta

granddaughter

bisnieto

great grandson

bisnieta

great granddaughter

tío

uncle

tía

aunt

primos

cousins

primo

cousin (male)

prima

cousin (female)

sobrino

nephew

sobrina

niece

bisabuelo

great grandfather

bisabuela

great grandmother

tatarabuelo

great great grandfather

tatarabuela

great great grandmother

Some example sentences:

Mixed families

Nowadays, families are becoming more complex than they used to be. That is why it’s good to be prepared for any situation. This may not be necessary for you but it’s best if you know all of this vocabulary so that you can understand others when they talk about their family.

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padrastro

stepfather

madrastra

stepmother

hijastro

stepson

hijastra

stepdaughter

hermanastro

stepbrother

hermanastra

stepsister

Some example sentences:

To repeat and practice what you’ve just learned we have created some exercises so that you can practice.

Check out our podcast episode about Family in Spanish. Surely, it will be a good addition to your listening skills! If you wish to read the transcript while listening and also completing the exercises, then download them by clicking at the link below. 

Talking about Your Family in Spanish

To recap what you’ve learnt in this post, listed to our podcast episode “Talking about Your Family in Spanish”.

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