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Family: Sample questions and answers for IELTS speaking exam
- Do you have a large or small family?
– I come from a large family. Now, I just have my mom, an older and three younger brothers. Sadly, my father passed away 17 years ago. So, now I am the only daughter in the family.
- How much time do you spend with your family?
– For now, I live alone in another city far from my family, so, I am only able to spend about two weeks per year with them.
- What do you like to do together as a family?
-My family enjoys cooking together and afterwards having special meals when everyone is invited. We catch up on news and talk about our lives. We enjoy music as well. So, when we get together, we play several musical instruments and sing along.
- Do you get along well with your family?
-Sure. We are really close to each other. I am happy that I can tell them literally anything. They are always there to listen when I have problems.
5. Is yours a typical family?
-Well, I can say that, yes, our family is a typical one. A family, who stays by each other through good times and bad times.
6. Are there many different types of family in your country?
-Yes, types of families vary in terms of the size of the household. There are small families with one or two children and large families with about eight or more children. Sometimes, parents decide to adopt a child without relatives.
7. Who are you closest to in your family?
-I am the closest to my mom. I think it is because we are the only women in the family. So, we share the same ideas about many things and she always supports me.
Describe the person in your family who you most admire. You should say:
- what their relationship is to you
- what they have done in their life
- what they do now
- and explain why you admire them so much.
The person I admire the most, not just in my family but in the whole world, is my mom. She is a great wife and a wonderful mother. She is loving, caring, open-minded and very understanding.
I love how she looks at things. She is very optimistic. I love her courage in raising me and my brothers well, since my father passed away. She has been a single mom for about 17 years and did her best to act both a mother and father to us. She would always stood up for us.
My mom resigned from work few years after my father died. Her reason was to spend much more time with the family, especially when we were growing up. She felt the need to guide us physically and emotionally. She then started her own business, which she is still running.
I love her so much. She is not just a mom but also a mentor and a friend.
- In what ways have families in your country changed in recent?
The roles of husbands and wives have changed in recent years. Both spouses have been more open to perform different roles, such as seizing various job opportunities or being more involved in the household. Another change, I think, is the trend to have less children. Parents nowadays think of having smaller families due to high cost of living and career perspectives.
- Should husbands and wives have different roles within the family? Why (not)?
Traditionally, husbands and wives had had clear-cut roles in society. Husbands used work and fulfill financial needs of the family, while women were expected to take care of the house. Changes had occurred over time and both husbands and wives started to take part in each of these roles. I think this change is rather positive. It is not necessary to sharply define each role. I reckon, whatever role family members take, they should always move in the same direction and pursue what is best for the family itself.
- Which are more important to you: your family or your friends?
Both are fairly important, but my family takes place in my life that is dear to my heart. Friends may come and go, but I know that my family will always be there for me, no matter what happens in my life and no matter what decisions I take. Nevertheless, my friends are the closest people with whom I can share and discuss things that sometimes are not appropriate to bring up in the family circle.
Key vocabulary: Definitions and examples
the male partner in a marriage
She was having breakfast on the beach in Thailand with her husband
a married woman
Jackson lives at his family home in Wimbledon, south London, with his wife of 26 years and their three sons.
the brother of someone’s father or mother
He was talking very softly, like hewas our uncle
the son of someone’s brother or sister
I’m assuming your nephew is young
a daughter of someone’s brother or sister.
Kathy must divide 7 boxes of cookies among her 4 nieces
a child of someone’s uncle or aunt
I understand that you have an uncle and a cousin who live near the docks die.
a husband or wife, considered in relation to their partner
In a marriage, both the persons are each other’s spouse.
the daughter of one’s spouse and his or her previous partner
In 2012 my stepdaughter, who was 14 at the time, decided to get me out of her life
one’s father’s second, third, etc. wife
How’s your stepmother treating you?
the mother of one’s spouse
Mother-in-laws are mostly seen as nightmares
the father of one’s spouse
Her father-in-law a powerful figure in the community inBritain
family that includes, ot only of parents and children but also of grandparents, aut
For many years I was conscious that I was the first woman in my very large extended family to do this.
a mother, father, and their children, considered as a social unit
A nuclear family is merely a couple and their children, as opposed to an “extended” family
a person whose lifestyle, political etc choices are designed to minimise human impact on the natural environment
Everyone has a way to bring up their child.
the way in which a child is cared for and taught while it is growing up.
In the great majority of cases, it should be the decision of parents when to ask for help and advice on their children ‘s care and upbringing.
legal dissolution (ending) of a marriage
The rate of divorce has increased,as has the proportion of men who are never or previously married
arrangements for looking after children while parents work
Waiting lists for childcare are often long and by the time a vacancy for childcare arises, the doctor may be moving to another post.
period of human life between childhood and adulthood
Having survived a very troubled adolescence she had made a successful start on a service career and hoped to achieve officer status
first few years of a child’s life when his/her character develops
I spent my formative years in Taiwan
PART OF SPEECH
Some women choose to bring up children alone without a male partner .
Your upbringing only limits you if you let it limit you .
Our divorce was finalized four months ago
We made the decision to divorce a year and a half ago.
I am recently divorced.
The answer depends who you are .
Additional allowance spaid to students with children or other dependants
The best age to marry is when you have the skills and legal status to provide for a family
Her second marriage to athlete Peter Edmond produced two children – John, 11, and Grace, 8.
I am married.
We have relations (=relatives) in UK and Scotland
This volume contains two chapters: the first relates mainly to the mother and the second mainly to the infant.
The first few days in New Zealand were spent on the North Island visiting relatives.
The number of entries defines the relative importance of the topic.
The spouse responsible for paying child support sends a check with a remittance form.
The course wasn’t easy at times, but I stayed focused and my friends supported me throughout.
During Interview they asked a question on the family background.
member of a family
The era of a single member of a family supporting the family is gone
I wasn’t invited to their family gathering
to lead separate lives
We were going to lead separate lives, getting together occasionally
to look after children
The rest of the time we cook and clean and look after children
There’s not many family activities I can think of in Breston
Many household chores can be automated
family and friends
One can be successful without the support from family and friends.
His wife has just given birth to a son
give support to
get rid of
reprocess deal with
cut down on
This topic on IELTS blogs
- IELTS Speaking Part 2: family celebration [ielts-simon.com]
- IELTS Speaking Practice: family – part 1, 2 and 3 sample questions [ielts-academic.com]
- IELTS Speaking: Famil [ielts-exam.net]
- What Image of Marriage Do We Want Our Kids To Have? [GSPN.tv]
- Is It Really The Collapse of Parenting? [thenewfamily.com]
- Which is Better for the Family: One child, two children or more? [quora.com]
- Should I Rise My Son and Daughter Like It’s the 1950’s? [quora.com]
- Jennifer Senior: For parents, happiness is a very high bar [TED TALKS]
- My immigration Story [TED TALKS]
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