Tell Me About Your Family


You’re telling people your name và sharing a bit of information about yourself.

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So what comes next? What vày you think will be the next topic to come up?

Did you say—family?

Well, of course. Talking about yourself generally leads people khổng lồ start asking about your family. Have sầu you noticed how people love talking about them? I know I vị, và I’m sure you vì too.

In fact, let’s do that right now! Here are some general vocabulary terms & phrases in English you’ll need lớn tell everyone about your awesome family!

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How to Talk Effortlessly About Your Family in English

People generally begin a conversation about family with a simple “Do you have sầu any family around here?” or “Tell me about your family.” If that’s the case, you can give sầu a short mô tả tìm kiếm that tells the other person how big is your family is và maybe where they live sầu.

Here’s an example:

There are six people in my family—me, my parents, brother & two sisters and we live in .

This gives a general picture of your family and gets the conversation going.

And depending on where that conversation takes you, you’ll want khổng lồ have the following words in your arsenal!


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Terms khổng lồ Describe Types of Family Structures

You’ll need to be familiar with family structures to lớn accurately describe your family members.

Your immediate family—talking about those closest lớn you

Typical questions in this type of situation are “How big is your family?” or “Do you have any brothers or sisters?” When people ask this, they usually want khổng lồ know about your immediate family. Your immediate family refers to lớn the relatives (family members) closest to lớn you & who may or may not live with you.

If you’re single, your immediate family will include your parentsfathermother—and your siblingsbrothers and sisters. You and your siblings are your parents’ children. A male child is a son và a female child is a daughter.

Maybe your parents are no longer married khổng lồ each other. If your dad marries someone else, his new wife will be your step-mother and if your mom remarries, her new husbvà will be your step-father. The children your step-mother or step-father already have will then become your step-brothers and step-sisters.

When you marry, you’ll have sầu a family of your own. Your immediate family will then be your spouse—husb& or wife—and children—sons và daughters. If you’re a woman, your spouse would be your husband và if you’re a man, your spouse would be your wife.

Your extended family—discussing other family members related by blood

People might ask questions lượt thích “Do you live with your grandparents?” or “How often vày you see your cousins?” when they’re interested in finding out about your extended family. Your extended family includes relatives like your grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins.

The parents of your father và mother are your grandparentsgrandfathergrandmother. Your mother’s parents are your maternal grandparents while your father’s parents are your paternal grandparents. And you are their grandson or granddaughter.

If your parents have brothers & sisters, then you have sầu uncles và aunts. Your uncle is the brother of your father or mother and your aunt is your mother or father’s sister.

The children of your uncles and aunts are your cousins. Your male cousin would be your parents’ nephew and your female cousin would be their niece.

Your family by marriage—discussing family related khổng lồ your spouse

When you marry, your family grows bigger. You now have a new set of relatives from your spouse’s side of the family called your in-laws. Isn’t that exciting?

A question you might hear is “Does your spouse come from a big family?” The conversation might not go this way, but if it does, you’ll be ready!

Your spouse’s father will become your father-in-law, and your spouse’s mother will be your mother-in-law. If your spouse has a brother, he’ll become your brother-in-law & your spouse’s sister will be your sister-in-law. The children of your brothers- and sisters-in-law will then become your nephews & nieces.

All right, let’s move on to some useful expressions you can use to talk about your family relationships.

12 Expressions You’ll Need lớn Understand và Use to lớn Describe Your Family

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To look like

To look like means lớn resemble someone physically or to lớn be similar in appearance lớn someone.

If you’re tall with big eyes lượt thích your older sister, you’d say, “I look like my older sister.”

To take after

To take after means to look or behave (act) lượt thích someone older than you in your family.

Some of your family may walk, talk or even smile just lượt thích another family member. So if your father and sister both like lớn gesture with (move) their hands when talking, you’d say, “My sister takes after my father in the way she waves her hands around when she talks.”

To run in the family

To run in the family refers to a chất lượng, ability or skill that’s shared by all or many of your family members. Some families may have lots of members who are good at sports, music, cooking, etc.

It could also be that many of your family members have thick curly hair, so then you’d say “Thichồng curly hair runs in my family.”

Like father, lượt thích son

In many cases, a son’s character or behavior closely resembles (is similar to) that of his father. For example, if both your father và brother like lớn spend their money wisely, you’d say, “He spends money lượt thích his dad—lượt thích father, lượt thích son.”

Another expression that’s similar in meaning is a chip off the old block. In this expression, the chip refers to a small piece of wood (the son) that’s part of a bigger piece or the block (the father). So then you’d say “My brother is a chip off the old block.”

Both of the above sầu expressions are generally used when referring khổng lồ male members of the family.

To have sầu something in common

The expression to lớn have something in common refers lớn two or more people in a family sharing similar interests, likes và dislikes.

If you’re asked, “What vị you and your family like khổng lồ do?” you could talk about your shared interests. “My siblings, cousins và I have many things in common. We enjoy camping, cycling & playing board games.”

The opposite of this would be “I don’t have much in common with my brothers. They’re much older than me & we have different interests.”

To be named after

To be named after someone is khổng lồ give someone the same name (usually the same first name) as an older family thành viên. This is commonly done in honor and respect for the older person.

For example, if you say, “I was named after my grandmother,” it would mean you have the same name as your grandmother. So if your grandmother’s name is Esther, your name would also be Esther.

To get along with

To get along with means khổng lồ have sầu a good relationship with someone.

If you say, “I get along very well with my younger sister,” it means you agree on many things và have a good relationship. The opposite would be “I don’t get along with my cousin,” which means the relationship between you & your cousin isn’t very good.

To be on good terms

To be on good terms also means to have sầu a good relationship with someone.

If you and your sister get along very well, then you’d say, “I’m on good terms with my sister.” The opposite would be “I’m not on good terms with my cousin.” If you and your cousin are not even talking to lớn each other, you’d say, “I’m not on speaking terms with my cousin.”

To be cthua kém to

To be cđại bại to means that you have sầu a cthua kém relationship that cannot easily be broken.

If you say, “I’m very cthua thảm to my mother và sister,” you’re saying that the three of you enjoy being together, get along very well & have sầu a strong relationship.

To look up to

To look up to means lớn respect và admire someone else.

If you say, “I’ve sầu always looked up to my older brother,” it means you respect và admire the things he says & does.

To get together

To get together means lớn meet up & vì things together.

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If someone asks you, “How often bởi you see your family?” you might say, “We get together every weekover to play soccer, watch a movie or eat pizza.”

To start a family

To start a family means to start having children. You might hear your parents ask you, “When are you và your husband/wife going khổng lồ start a family? I want grandchildren!”

Or maybe your brother just sent a text and so you gọi your best friover saying, “I just heard that my brother và sister-in-law are planning lớn start a family. That means I’m going to lớn become an aunt (or uncle) soon!”

So there, now you’re ready lớn answer any question about your family, whether you’re on that summer vacation or at that weekkết thúc barbecue.

Oh, and now that your brother’s planning lớn start a family, you’ll have sầu more parties khổng lồ attkết thúc and more opportunities to lớn use this awesome vocabulary!

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