Family (level B2)




A family is essential in life as it determines a person’s mental status, professional life and his behavior in the society around.

A family is just not limited to getting married but maintaining a cluster of things associated with it.

In childhood having parents, brothers and sisters are a family. In adult age having a wife and kids is a family. In old age being taken care of by grown-up kids, their spouses and children is a family.

Also, there is an assumption that women need a family more than a man. But in real life, it is not so. Everyone will need a family for some support in life. Even if one is not married, he can depend on his brothers or sisters family for some support.

A family constitutes people who are related to each other. Family members can be related by birth, marriage or adoption.

Your immediate family includes parents, siblings, spouse and children. And your extended family includes people you are related to, such as grandparents, cousins, aunts & uncles, nephews, nieces etc.

Families are of different sizes — nuclear (a couple and their children), joint (a couple, their children, grandchildren), blended (a couple, their children and children from their previous marriages), etc.

It’s safe to say that most people know their grandparents’ names. Maybe even where they were born and their birthdays. But if you know your great-grandparents’ names, you’re doing better than most.

As more and more families have access to the Internet, and Web sites devoted to genealogy have proliferated, tracing your family tree is easier to do now than ever before. 

family tree


1. A genealogical diagram of a family's ancestry.

2. The ancestors and descendants of a family considered as a group.

family tree is a chart that shows all the people in a family over many generations and their relationship to one another.

How much do you know about your family tree? I know a little bit because my dad's done some research into his side of the family, we know that my father's side stretches back to the 1700s in Cornwall. My great-great grandfather went down on the Titanic, interesting piece of family history and we've got some family artifacts for that. Is there anyone in your family that you'd like to know more about? Probably, the wife of the man, who went down with the Titanic. I think she had quite an interesting and quite difficult life. She had a baby, brought up by herself, so sounds like her an amazing woman.
How much do you know about your family tree? I know quite a lot because a relative of my father's did some research on our family tree about 20 years ago, so, well, I know that my father's family is from Luxembourg and, in fact, when I worked there I tried to get in touch with some distant relatives, but they weren't interested. Is there anyone in your family that you'd like to know more about? Um… well, guess what it's precisely those relatives who are still living in Luxembourg, but what can I do if they didn't want to meet me? Oh, well, I guess it's just destiny.

How much do you about your family tree? You know, I know a little bit about my family tree, because I was lucky enough to grow up with having great grandparents in my life until about like ninth grade, so I know a lot from them and they told me a lot of stories about their parents and grandparents, but it doesn't go much further than that and that's only on my dad's side. I know about immigration from Russia, but that's all I know and then my mom's side I really don't know a lot about but it's something I'm interested in looking into. Have you ever researched it? I've tried to research it a little bit like doing the thing but I haven't really gotten much further than that. Is there anyone in your family that you'd like to know more about? I'd love to know more about my great-grandmother's grandmother, so I guess that would be my great-great great-grandmother she was involved with prohibition and I heard stories of her like bringing like making alcohol in their house and then like smuggling it to other areas of, they actually lived in New York, so other areas of the city, yeah.

Memories are useful to avoid making the same mistakes again. And memories are always carried by families. It is not the books or memory drives but the people living in a family. The mistakes of the past like a few decades or centuries ago would be remembered in families. Such mistakes are avoided in the future.

She said, "There was a role model, a mentor that I had when I was a little girl." She was born in 1918 in Berlin, and she said, "We had a renter in our house." Edith Knox, who was a famous piano player from California in the 1920s. She said, "Tai, this woman made such an impression on me." She rented a room for a summer, and she said, "Edith Knox wore pants." My grandma said, "I'd never seen a woman wear pants." Apparently, in Germany in the '20s, no women wore pants. And not just regular pants. She had an orange jumpsuit on. And then she'd play the piano, and Edith Knox, every hour, would stand on her head for exercise. My grandma was like 7 and she said, "Tai, I thought if that's how women are in California, one day I'm going to move to California." And sure enough, she ended up in California. That's part of the story of how my family ended up in California. I'm from California. I flew here. It took me 20 hours to get here, and I'm from Hollywood, specifically.
My mom stayed up late and my dad got up - my dad was raised on a farm, he was used to getting up at 4:35 in the morning and working and doing the chores, he'd get tired at 7:00 or 8:00 at night and go to sleep, my mom's energy came up at night and I don't know whether I got it from her genetically or not, but I know that when I decided I wanted to be an artist, my energy would go up at night and I found that it worked very well for me.

A family starts with parents for everyone. Loving Parents are living forms of god as they can give unconditional love and support to their children. They steer the child’s life to a great extent in a most beneficial way. Till, a certain age, a child does not know how to eat, bath, talk, behave etc. Parents are the first teachers and guide him on how to do the routine life activities. They also guide him regarding friends and tell him about harmful things and how to avoid dangers.

NOTE! a stay-at-home parent takes care of their home and children rather than going out to work:

stay-at-home mum/mom/dad She is a veterinary technician who recently became a stay-at-home mom.

stay-at-home mother/father/parent

So, I had issues with this, because I haven't seen a lot of stay-at-home dads before and I thought men would judge me, so get this, I said this -- please don't be offended -- I said, "Uh, you know, that sounds boring. And what do stay-at-home moms do all day, anyway?" 
See, I had traded my manager for my children. I didn't know what I got myself into. I thought I knew everything about being a stay-at-home parent, and in fact, I knew nothing at all. Because even though my manager was -- well, at least my children were a lot cuter than my manager, they were just as demanding. 
I asked a group of stay-at-home parents what's the hardest thing, the thing they underestimated most about being stay-at-home parents, and they said that the loneliness was one of those things. Not having someone else to talk to, feeling inadequate, feeling selfish for wanting me-time. 
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