How do you talk about family and friends in English? It can be a little difficult sometimes. However, in this PPT I demystify the topic and teach appropriate and up-to-date vocabulary. This was made for my IELTS students but should work for younger kids as well. It includes information about adoption, remarrying, divorce, and death so maybe keep it away from the very young... This was taken from http://www.ted-ielts.com/family-friends-ielts
Be aware of variations on the same word:
Granny = Grandmother
Dad = Father
Don’t just express the basic relationships.
Think in terms of different relationship types:
Step-brother or step-sister
Step-mother or step-father
A step-relative is related legally but not
Marriage will make a family larger and also
more difficult to describe.
Spouse = a husband or wife
In-laws = your spouse’s family
A: My mother-in-law is really annoying. She
always criticizes me.
B: That’s a shame. My in-laws are really nice. I
play golf with my father-in-law all the time.
You know “husband” and “wife.” But what
Fiancé = a man to whom a woman is engaged
Fiancée = a woman to whom a man is
Not all marriages last forever.
Divorced = when a marriage is ended
Separated = when a couple is apart but the
marriage is not legally ended
Ex-wife/ Ex-husband = the former partner
My parents were separated for a year before
they got divorced.
She’s still friends were her ex-husband. Can
you imagine that?!
Sometimes a marriage doesn’t just end in
Widow = a woman whose husband has died
Widower = a man whose wife has died
Only child = the one child in a family
Nuclear family = a couple and their children
Twins = two children born of the
Bachelor = an unmarried man
Adoptee = a child who has been
English is changing every day. We have some
new but common words:
BFF = “best friends forever”
Bestie = short for “best friend”
Sarah and Carol are BFFs.
I’m going to the cinema with my bestie
Another new development is “friend”
becoming a verb. It means to add someone on
I friended her on Facebook last week.
After the party, he was friended by 23
people he could barely remember.
What do you do with your friends? If you just
spend time together and do different things,
you can use these expressions:
At the weekend I like to hang out with my
friends. We just chill at someone’s house and