In this lesson, you can learn how to talk about your family in English. Do you have a big family? What do you like doing when you spend time with your family? Talking about your family can be a good way to start a conversation in English, so it’s useful if you know what to say and have some questions to ask.
QUIZ: Talking About Your Family
How well can you remember the vocabulary to describe your family?
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Question 1 of 12
For the first five points, match the immediate family members with the definitions.
The woman that I married is my:
My son’s sister is my:
My mother’s husband is my:
My male baby is my:
My female parent is my:
Question 2 of 12
Write the missing word. (Write the full word, not a number.)
There are people in my family: my wife, my two sons and me!
Question 3 of 12
Write the missing word.
I have a brother and a sister. My brother’s two years than me, I’m in the middle and my sister is the youngest.
The missing word is a comparative adjective. It has five letters.
Question 4 of 12
Write the missing word.
I’m the in the family. My twin sisters are two years younger.
The missing word is a superlative adjective. It has six letters.
Question 5 of 12
Write the missing word.
I’m a middle child, but we were all born a year apart: my sister’s a year older than me and my brother’s a year .
The missing word is a comparative adjective. It has seven letters.
Question 6 of 12
Write the missing word. It means the person has no brothers or sisters.
I’m an child but my wife has six brothers!
You need to write an adjective that has four letters.
Question 7 of 12
Which plural noun refers to your sons and daughters?
Two answers do not exist. If you ever write them, you’ve made a mistake!
Question 8 of 12
Which person is an immediate family member?
Question 9 of 12
Which of these extended family members can be female? Choose two answers.
One correct answer is only female; the other can be male or female.
Question 10 of 12
Which word does not refer to males and females?
Question 11 of 12
Which word means the person you married?
These words were not mentioned in the lesson, but they are more advanced words for people in a family. If you don’t know them, look them up in a dictionary.
Question 12 of 12
For the last five points, write one word from the box in each gap. There are three words that you don’t need to use.
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My wife and I are very excited because she’s our first child. It’s due in three months, but we don’t know if it’s a boy or a . There’s one thing I’m not looking forward to: I don’t think we’ll get much sleep when the arrives. My says when I was a newborn, she hardly slept for weeks. I’m still very to my parents and see them once or twice a week.
I see my older brother once a week; we play tennis or basketball together. I don’t see my other brother so often, because he lives overseas, although we talk on Skype every so often.
I try to spend as much time as possible with my kids. We play cards, watch films, or go to the park if the weather’s nice.
6. Making a Longer Answer
Now you should be able to make a longer answer talking about your family. You should be able to talk about your relatives, your brothers and sisters, your children if you have any, and your relationship with your family.
Let’s look at a sample answer:
There are five people in my immediate family, although my extended family is quite large. I have two sisters, both younger, so I’m the oldest child. I don’t have kids yet but I’d like to have a big family one day. I see my parents and my sisters quite often, because we all live near each other, although I don’t see my other relatives that much.
OK? Could you make an answer like this? Let’s look at one more sample answer first:
I come from a big family: I’m the fifth child, and I have three brothers and one sister. They’re all close to each other in age, but there’s a big gap between them and me. I don’t have children, but I have lots of nieces and nephews! I don’t see my family often because I live in a different country, but I speak to them regularly and we all get together once or twice a year, which is always very noisy but lots of fun.
What about you? Try to make a longer answer talking about your family. Use the vocabulary and ideas from the lesson to help you. Next time you talk about your family in English, hopefully you’ll have lots to talk about!