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Family

Wordlist

Twin – близнец
Son-in-law – зять (аналогично: mother-in-law, father-in-law etc.)
Sibling – брат или сестра (потомство одних родителей)
Elder/older brother – старший брат
Family likeness – семейное сходство

To get divorced (from) – развестись
To get engaged (to) – обручиться
To get married (to) – жениться
To get on (well) with someone – ладить с кем-то
To start/end a relationship with someone – начинать отношения/расставаться с кем-либо
To grow up – взрослеть
To bring up – воспитывать
To take after someone – быть похожим
To get together – собираться вместе
To argue with – спорить
To support for each other – поддерживать друг друга
To keep something in the family – не выносить ссор из избы
To be the black sheep of the family. – В семье не без урода.
A family that prays together, stays together. – Семья, которая молится вместе, остается вместе.
How is the family? – Как дела? Как семья?
To be like one of the family – быть членом семьи

1. Jane is growing so fast, I think she's going to be a tall woman.
2. My aunt brought up four children.
3. Most of my children take after my wife, both in appearance and character.
4. Do your children get on?
5. If the marriage doesn't work out, we can always get divorced.
6. He got engaged to her when traveling last winter.
7. My older brother always went to bat for me.

Family

Hello. My name is Cari. I’m a teacher with the online English school, EnglishDom.com.
Today we’re going to talk about large families. A large family is typically one with two parents and four or more children. I come from a large family. I have eight siblings. I have four brothers and four sisters and, of course, there’s me!

Many people ask me, "What is it like to be in a large family?" The answer is easy…it’s loud, it’s noisy, it’s crazy, it’s chaotic, it’s hectic… When we have, for example, family get together, and everyone’s in the same place at the same time; maybe a birthday, Christmas, some kind of celebration, there are people everywhere! There’s people talking all at the same time. Many conversations…usually three, four, maybe five conversations happening at the same time. And, it’s just generally crazy. Many of us are now married and have children of our own so, it’s even family louder and busier when we get-together because now there’s young children in the family.

With so many different people, so many different personalities, somebody is always arguing with someone else, somebody is always annoyed with somebody else; but that just kind of comes with the territory. We also share a lot of love and support for each other. If somebody outside of the family tries to mess with one of us…they’re in BIG trouble!

Let’s see…what else can I tell you? One of the best things about being in a big family is that we always are there for each other…we can always count on each other.

Let’s take a look now at a few phrases or idioms that you can use when you’re talking about families. One is, to keep something in the family. This is when you have information that you want to keep private, you don’t want to share it with everyone, so you say, "Shhh! Let's just keep it in the family."

Another expression is to be the black sheep of the family. This is when somebody does not conform to the norms of the family. Maybe they have serious problems with the police or with drugs, something like that, and we say, "Well, we don’t really talk to him anymore. He’s the black sheep of the family."

Another idiom is a family that prays together, stays together. This means that a family that practices their religion together is more likely to stay together. It doesn’t mean you won’t have problems, but if you do have problems, you are more likely to resolve them and work them out.
Another conversational phrase is, "How’s the family?" We use this when we’re giving a greeting, "Hi! How are you? How’s the family?"

And, the last one is to be like one of the family. In the United States especially, we often use this for our pets! Many people treat their pets like their children. "Oh, my Bruno, he’s like one of the family. I couldn’t live without him!"

We also use this to refer to very close friends or the friends of our children who spend so much time at our house that they feel like one of the family.

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about large families today. Please join us in our discussion group or on our forum on our Facebook page to talk more about this. Feel English and feel free! Bye for now! 

Curiosity

велосипеды,

Fact

Children laugh about 400 times a day, while adults laugh on average only 15 times a day.

Quotation

Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn't listening. (Emma Thompson)

Proverb

It is easy to govern a kingdom but difficult to rule one's family. (Chinese Proverb)

Joke

Son – "Dad whats the difference between confident and confidential?"
Dad – "Hmm. You are my son. Of that I am confident. Your friend Timmy is also my son. That's
confidential."

List of questions for discussion

1. What comes to mind when you hear the word "family"?
2. How important is your family to you?
3. How important are you to your family?
4. Would you like/Do you have your own family?
5. Do you prefer spending time with your family or friends?
6. How often do you have big family get-togethers?
7. Do you have the ideal family?
8. Is there a black sheep in your family?
9. Is "blood thicker than water" regarding your family?
10. Do you prefer the idea of extended or nuclear families?
11. There is much talk recently of increased social problems due to family breakdown. Is this true in your country?
12. When do you need your family most?
13. What would the world be like without families?
14. Are we all in one big happy family?
15. Do you ever get tired of family duties?

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