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Ailuo

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孪生 and 双胞胎 have got the same meaning. But with 孪生,we used to say : 孪生兄弟 (twin brothers),孪生姐妹 (twin sisters)。

 

If the twins are one girl and one boy, we can precise by saying : 龙凤胎。

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@Lu : I think you are right. I prefer saying "他们是双胞胎" to 他们是孪生兄弟or 姐妹 。 The latter is more complicated than the former in oral conversation.

 

孪生 "luán shēng" is somehow not easy to prononce or to be understood even for native chinese speakers。

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Thanks. That makes sense, I came across it reading and had to look it up because I am used to hearing 双胞胎。Then I thought maybe it was for identical twins or something. I can certainly see where 双胞胎 rolls of the tongue easier. 

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他们是双胞胎/双生/孪生。- > They could be identical or non-identical twins. (2 boys or 2 girls or 1 boy + 1 girl)

 

他们是同卵 (tóng luǎn : monozygotic)  双胞胎/双生/孪生 -> They are identical twins. (2 boys or 2 girls)

 

他们是异卵 (yì luǎn: dizygotic)  双胞胎/双生/孪生 -> They are non-identical twins. (2 boys or 2 girls or 1 boy + 1 girl)

 

他们是龙凤胎 -> They are different sex twins (and of course non-identical )。(1 boy + 1 girl)

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