Chinese kinship terms - introduction

Everytime I go to a family gathering, I can never remember the title that I'm supposed to address each relative by. I either resort to 1) asking my parents the correct way to address each relative or 2) take the easy way out, and just say hi instead.

I created these charts to help clear things up.
Family relationship titles detailed table - table with Chinese characters, and Cantonese and Mandarin pronunciations.
Family relationship titles diagram - diagram of all the relationship terms in English.

Since there are so many different relationship terms, the easiest way to find the exact relationship you're looking for is to open up the family title diagram. Clicking a box on the diagram will automatically take you to the corresponding spot on the chart.

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