Mandarin Chinese (#20)

New Chinese words for me: children, son, daughter, they, "grown up" (literally "big," but in this case, with the "la" ending, it refers only to maturity, not physical size), and "how many" (which in this case refers only to people, whereas other ways of saying "how many" or "how much" refer to other things; e.g. money).



You, and your wife, do you have kids?

Yes, we have kids.

How many kids do you have?

We have two sons and one daughter. How about you?

I have one daughter, but I don't have any sons; but, I don't have a wife. Your children, are they grown up?

They are not grown up.