English Conversation – Family
This is an English Conversation lesson about family. Watch a video about a very big family; learn idioms that we use in English when discussing our family, and read a list of conversation questions that people might ask each other when talking about this popular subject.
Watch a video about a big family
- Would you like to live in such a big family?
- What are the advantages of having a big family?
- What are the disadvantages?
Idioms we might use when talking about family...
- The black sheep - A 'black sheep in the family' is someone who is different from the rest of the family. It is usually meant in a negative way, but not always.
- To push one's buttons - Someone who knows how to 'push your buttons' is someone who knows exactly how to annoy or irritate you. It is usually said that a person's family knows how to 'push their buttons'.
- Runs in the family - If a characteristic or trait runs in the family it means it appears in many or all members of the family. For example, hair colour or a personality trait, like stubbornness.
- Chalk and cheese - if two people are like chalk and cheese, they are completely different from each other
Questions about families
- Tell me about your family. You could mention…
- Mother, father, brothers, sisters, children
- Ages, oldest, youngest etc.
- Characteristics, likes and dislikes
- Extended family
- What does the word ‘family’ mean to you?
- How many people are in your immediate family?
- How big is your extended family?
- How often do you have big family get-togethers?
- Is there a black sheep in your family?
- Do you live in a nuclear family or an extended family?
- In your country, do most people live in a nuclear family or an extended family?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of these types of family?
- Some people say that the whole world is like a family, what is your opinion of this?
- How far back do you know your family tree?
- When do people need their families the most?
- Are chores or duties assigned to different people within your family?
- What is the best memory you have of your family doing something together?
- What do you and your family like to do together?
- Do any of your family live in other countries?
- What impact has divorce and/or modern day living had on the family?
- What was the most important thing your parents taught you?
- Describe the perfect family
- What are some of the reasons why people get married?
- What are some of the ways that family can ‘push our buttons’?
- How are Royal Families different from other families?