Family Vocabulary


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father – mother
sister – brother
son – daughter
husband – wife
aunt – uncle
nephew – niece
grandmother – grandfather
great grandmother – great grandfather
great uncle – great aunt
grandson – granddaughter


Write the words on a piece of scrap paper. Cut them up into pieces and arrange them in a family tree.

Now draw your own family tree.

Look at the system of family relations. Look at how you describe it in your language. Compare it to the way we describe it in English. For example we have one word for “cousin”. Do you have several words for “cousin”?

We have one word for “uncle”. Do you have many words for “uncle”?

Do you have to do an IELTS test or another academic written or spoken test? Look at this:Academic English Task

Look at these words:

stepson – stepdaughter
stepmother – stepfather
stepsister – stepbrother

The Wicked Stepmother

Sometimes a family has an extra member. Did you have a stepson or a stepdaughter? Do you know somebody who does? Were you raised by a stepfather or a stepmother? What was your experience like?
What was your experience like?

Do you have a brother? What is his job?
Do you have a sister? What is her job?

Do you want to talk with a live conversation partner? Practice speaking English at the English Conversation partner Linkup Service.or write your answer in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

Family and Relationships
Family Vocabulary
Family History
Family Tree
Academic English Task
The Wicked Stepmother
Discussion Topic – Family
Interactive Story – The Family Problem

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