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We have quite a few different languages represented here, and I feel an obligation to use that to make up for a glaring omission in the English language.

How do those who speak languages other than English refer to the children of your sisters/brothers in a general term?

Obviously; they are nieces (girls) and nephews (boys) in English, but there is no gender-less term in English.

mom + dad = parents
brother + sister = siblings
niece + nephew = ?
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post #2 of 4
unsure whether i get you right (must be the hour)

but... in italian spanish and portuguese we have the plural as the masculine - when there is (possibly) at least one male member included.

e.g.

zia + zio = zii (uncles); zie ONLY if ONLY consist of aunts
figlia + figlio = figli (kids); figlie ONLY when females only
cugina + cugino ecc ecc all the same logic.

dont ask the specific terms.. i try to avoid the relatives as far as i can <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />
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I know Spanish, and the plural as masculine is always a bit troubling. I suppose the English equivalent would be " nieces + nephews = nephews ".
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Sibling's children.
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