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Speaking Describing One’s Family

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Speaking Describing One’s Family

Introduction

Many times it becomes important to tell others about our family- information like the number of people, who’s who etc. In this unit you will learn to talk about your family, friend/s, introducing and describing a third person.

Sample
Dialogue I

(You are showing a family photograph to your friend Rohan.)

You: This is my family.
Rohan : Is this your mum?
You : Yes. Rohan : She’s quite young.
You: Yes, she’s only 34. This is my dad. He’s 38.
Rohan : Is this your grandpa?
You: Yes, he’s very old.
Rohan: How old is he?
You: He’s 89. And this is Rohith. He’s my brother. He’s 15.
Rohan: He’s very tall!
You : Yes, he’s almost six feet.
Rohan: Very interesting. I must meet them all.
You : Sure.

Dialogue II

Rahul and Shourat are classmates. Read their conversation. Both of them stay in the hostel.

Rahul : Hey Shourat! My family is coming down for the Diwali next week. I’m so excited!!
Shourat: That’s great. Tell me who all are coming? I haven’t really asked you anything about your family.
Rahul: Yeah, we never had a chance to discuss. Well, my dad is a Manager for State Bank, he’s 45. He’s strict at times, but very concerned.
Shourat: What about your mother?
Rahul : My mum is a lecturer. She is very hardworking and friendly. She guides me a lot in all aspects. I share a very special bond with her. Both of us love to read books and watch movies together.
Shourat: That’s very nice. How about siblings?
Rahul : Oh yeah, one brother-Rohith, younger to me by a couple of years. Very very naughty. Keeps playing with children around the neighbourhood all the time. Shourat: Interesting. Anyone else?
Rahul: Yeah, my grandmother stays with us. She’s 70. She is pretty religious. She likes me and my brother a lot. She’s very helpful to my mother as well. Come along with me. I would like you to meet them all.
Shourat: Of course. I will.

Key Vocabulary / Phrases

This is…. He’s ….. She’s….My dad is…..My mom is…My brother/sister is…..My grandparents/grandfather/grandmother….

Practice

Work in pairs. You went to your friend Kashish’s house. Her mother wants to know about you and your family. Role play and ask the questions.

Work in pairs. Your friend has cut his finger. He has to fill an application form and send it immediately. Find out details about his family and fill in the form.

Use the information about your friend to complete this form.
First name: ……………………… …………………..
Surname (Family name): ………… …………………….
Address:…………… ……………………..
Age: ……………… ……………
Height: …… …
Father’s Name: ……………
Mother’s Name: ……………
Father’s Occupation: ……………
Mother’s Occupation: ……………
Members of the family: ……………
Educational Qualifications of members of the family:……………

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