Talking about your family


In most languages, the first word children learn is ‘Mum’. Family is so important for most of us that it’s the first thing we learn to speak about. There’s more lớn speaking about family in English than just ‘Mum’ và ‘Dad’, though. Let’s take a look at some more specific English vocabulary you can use lớn talk about your whole family in English.

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Family types

In different cultures around the world và even within cultures, there are different types of families. A nuclear family is a small family – usually just a mother, father và kids. In some places people live with their extended family, which includes more relatives from other generations or parts of the family. Families with kids & only a mother or father we call single-parent families. If you live with a family who aren’t genetically related to lớn you but behave like your family, we can hotline them your adopted family.

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Close family

A close family can rgiaimaivang.vner to a family where all the members have a good relationship with each other. It can also rgiaimaivang.vner to lớn the family members you see most – your parents (mother and father), siblings (brothers & sisters), & your children. For some people’s close family includes a stepparent (someone married to lớn your mother or father who is not your genetic mother or father) or a stepbrother or stepsister (the child of a stepparent & another person who is not genetically-related khổng lồ you. Another close family member might be a half-sibling (someone who shares one genetic parent with you.

Extended family

Your extended family includes your aunt or uncle (your parent’s siblings) and your cousins (your aunt or uncle’s children). The children of your siblings are your niece (girl) or nephew (boy) và the children of your cousins we hotline your second cousins. People from other generations can be in your extended family, too. Your parent’s parents are your grandparents and their parents are your great-grandparents.

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The in-laws

We can call relatives of a person you are married to lớn your in-laws. You can use it as a compound noun lớn talk about all of them as a group, or you can attach it to lớn the kết thúc of another word khổng lồ modify it, for example: sister-in-law.

Family friends

For some of us, our friends are just as close to us as our families and this is rgiaimaivang.vnlected in the way we talk about them. If you have a very close relationship with a friend, you can say the friend is like a brother or sister to lớn you. In some kinds of slang, people talk about their friends as brothers or sisters. Likewise, someone who you admire & who has taken care of you or supported you could be described as a mother or father figure in your life, even if you are not related.

So, how about your family? bởi you have any siblings? bởi vì people usually live with their extended family or as nuclear families in your country? vì you get on well with your in-laws? giới thiệu your answers và this article with your friends to lớn get the discussion started.

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