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一個人可能有一位“brother”或“sister”. 我們也稱他們為“siblings” . “Mom” 及“Dad”是對“parents”的稱呼.而他們有一兩個 “sibling”. 媽媽的姐妹稱為“Aunt”; 爸爸的兄弟稱為“Uncle”. 如他們有子女. 其子女就是你的“cousins”.


John: “Do you have any siblings?”
Sam: “No, I am an only child. What about you?”
John: “I have 2 brothers and a sister!”
Sam: “Wow, a big family… I would have liked a sister”
John: “Yes, my brothers are both married and have kids. Family gatherings can be quite lively”

父母的父母稱為“grandparents”而親家則是“-in-laws”.與你以前結過婚的人為“ex”. 而你還是結婚, 那就是“husband”或“wife”.

Sam: “So you have nieces and nephews then?”
John: “Oh yes. My sister divorced my brother-in-law before they had any kids but my brothers…”
Sam: “Your parents must be very proud!”
John: “It’s Gran that is most proud. Grandfather and her love to baby sit.”
Sam: “Do you get along with your sisters-in-law?”
John: “They are really nice. Suzie, my eldest brother’s wife is an Olympic swimmer!”

爸爸的叔父或我父母的祖父母, 也稱為‘great-’.

Sam: “I can’t believe that your grandparents are still alive!”
John: “Hah! You should sit down then, because I still have both great grandparents on my mom’s side!”
Sam: “Goodness! I have a great uncle living in Canada, but I never see him”
John: “You should get in touch. It’s great to have a sense of one’s family tree”
Sam: “Where do you all live?”

家人也可以用一些有趣的形容詞來形容, 如“big”, “small”, “close”, “estranged” or “Open”, “broken”, “nuclear” or “one-child”. 你的家人又怎樣?

John: “Well, Troy lives in New York and has really done well”
Sam: “What does he do?”
John: “He became a lawyer right out of school and became partner of his firm within 3 years!”
Sam: “Wow, he really has gone far quickly”
John: “My other brothers both work for my dad in the family business.”

最後, 你家人一起的時候有什麼娛樂? 你可能想談及 “public holidays”, “hobbies” and “likes”. 或者你的家人喜歡 “picnicking” or “riding bikes”.

Sam: ‘Do you have any dreams to travel or work overseas?’
John: ‘I am very happy at home. I have a good job and having weekends and public holidays off is very important to me’.
Sam: ‘What do you do in your spare time?’
John: ‘The kids keep me very busy with picnics and sports days at school’
Sam: ‘Well, I envy your loving family environment!’

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