Academic English Task – 1

What differences do you notice between the English language way of describing the system of family relations and the system of family relations in your mother tongue?

How is the system of family terms in your language different from the system of family terms in English?

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Do you know these expressions:

maternal – paternal
matrilineal – patrilineal
paternal uncle – maternal uncle
paternal grandfather – paternal grandmother
maternal grandfather – maternal grandmother

Useful Phrases

kinship term
kinship terms
is more complex
is less complex
has more terms
has fewer terms
is a more complex system of classification
is a less complex system of classification

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