Lesson 3: Your Family

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Dialogue

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: Family. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Dorothy and Kevin are talking about their families.

Dorothy: Hi, Kevin! Do you have any siblings?
Kevin: Yes, I have an older sister and a younger brother. We’re a family of five.
Dorothy: That must be so nice. I am an only child.
Kevin: So, your family only includes you, your father, and your mother?
Dorothy: My dog, Toro, is also part of my family. My parents and I love him so much.
Kevin: That is great. How old is Toro?
Dorothy: He is the youngest of the family. He is only 5 years old. My parents love to take care of him and watch him grow up.
Kevin: What do your parents do for a living?
Dorothy: My mother is an engineer and my father works as a lawyer.
Kevin: Wow, they must be very busy people!

Vocabulary

Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition Example
sibling brother and sister I have three siblings.
older / younger senior or junior in age I have one older brother, but I don’t have any sisters.
a family of (number) a way to describe how many members in the family We’re a family of four: mom, dad, my older sister, and myself. 
only child a child without a brother or sister Many of my friends have siblings, but I am an only child.
be part of ~ is a member of … I am part of the language exchange group. 
take care of… to do the things that are needed to help or protect (someone) or to keep (something) in good condition My mom takes care of my grandparents. 
grow up to become an adult Children grow up so quickly.
(do) for a living a way to earn enough money; your work John paints houses for a living.
work as… have an occupation as … My friend works as an accountant. 
(someone) must be… Your parents must be very happy to have such a sweet daughter.

Exercise

Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. Who is in your family?
    1. My father, my mother and me. I am an only child.
    2. My parents, my dog, and me. We’re a family of four.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________
  2. How many siblings do you have?
    1. I am an only child.
    2. I have an older brother and a younger sister.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________
  3. What do your parents do for a living?
    1. My dad works as a medical doctor and my mom is a housewife.
    2. My father was a police officer but he retired this year.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________
  4. Do you have any pets?

    1. Yes, I have two dogs, Toro and Buster.
    2. Unfortunately, I can’t have pets at my place.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________
  5. Do you visit your parents often?
    1. I live with my parents at the moment.
    2. I try to visit them once a month.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________

Conversation

Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Who else is in your family?
  2. Do you live with your parents?
  3. Describe your parents.
  4. What do your siblings do for a living?
  5. How often do you see your siblings?

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

 

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