Part-1 家人 Family

IELTS Speaking topic: Family and Friends

How often do you meet with your family?

Well, I live with my mother and father, so I see them every day. They work very long hours, though so we don’t have the chance to spend much time together. When I was younger, my grandparents used to look after me so that my parents could focus on their careers.

How do you spend the time with your family? Do you want to live with your family in the future?

As I said, I spend very little time with my parents because they are always so busy. I visit my grandmother regularly – we have lunch together twice a week and I help her with the shopping. Most young Chinese people live at home until they get married. I don’t even have a boyfriend at the moment so I think I’ll be living here for some time!

Are you close to all of your family members?

Just my grandmother, really. She was responsible for bringing me up so we developed a very close relationship. We have very similar personalities though, which can cause some problems!

How has your family influenced you?

My grandmother is more like my mother, really. We did everything together when I was growing up. We would play together all day – as I had no one else to play with. She used to tell me wonderful bedtime stories, we would bake cookies together and she was always there for me no matter what happened.

How many people are there in your family?

There are four. There’s myself of course. Then there’s my younger brother, he’s fifteen years old. And I have my mother and father who are both in their late 70s. I have two grand parents as well, but they don’t live with us.

Can you Tell me something about your family?

Well, I’ve got two older sisters and one younger brother, so I’m right in the middle. My mum and Dad are divorced and they’re remarried. So, actually I have quite a lot of stepbrothers and stepsisters, so there are quite a few of us. I also have a large extended family with lots of uncles, aunts and cousins.

B) Yeah sure. I live in a nuclear family of 4 members and all of us are very close and love each other very much. My Dad and my Mom are both workers. I also have a younger brother. He’s 18 years old and in preparation to the college. He bears a remarkable resemblance to my mother. We live in a lovely house in the west of my country. I have two grandparents as well, but they don’t live with us.

What kind of things do you and your family do together?

There’s a lot of thing that we do together. My whole family always gather at dinner and discuss various types of stuff. I often take advice on important things from my parents, and sometime my little brother too. My parents often discuss their experience, tell us history and often teach us morality and importance of being honest in life. We also do our gardening together, you know watering, manuring and weeding the plants …and a lot of other stuff I cannot list out enough.

Do you prefer to spend time with your family or with your friends?

If I were to choose between the two, I’ll go with my family because in many ways, my family are my friends and they are the ones who will stay with me all my life, whereas I don’t actually meet my friends very often, you know although yeah sometimes I have more fun with my friends because they are closer to my age, I still tend to prefer hanging out with my family.

How are you getting on with your parents?

If you asked me that question when I was at junior high, it would be totally different point of view. I mean, my parents, they had a list of things that they thought I need to become, and that I need to better myself and all, always compared me to another kids but it’s just like the story of the last decade. Now, when I’m being more mature, I understand them well, I get on with my parents wonderfully. They are easy to talk to, kind-hearted and I trust them completely cause I know my parents always want best things to me.

Is family very important to you?

Of course it is. Family is the most important thing in the world to me. It’s the only thing that never turns back on me and it’s really all I have in the long run. Once I grew up and moved out and away, I more realized how important they are. I’ve been through some very painful times and I do not know what I would do without their love, support and strength as if they’re always be there for me. I remember the song named “You always find the way back home”. Wherever you go, whoever you become, you can always find the way back with your lovely family.

Would you prefer to have a larger or smaller family?

Actually, I prefer my family remains unchanged cause it’s the best now. Although I also wanna live in an extend family then family members can support and foster each other but I’m a bit worried about generation gaps which might lead to some unnecessary arguments, you know. And it cannot be smaller cause we’re already complete.

How many family members does your family have?

I have a lovely family and my family is the most important aspect of my life. I am very close to my family members and they are my best friends, mentors and supporters.

Do you like to talk with your parents?

I find it difficult to talk with them at least now. My parents just try to convince me to follow their footsteps, becoming a businessman and woman that could run in the family, but I dream of being an educator. So, this “serious” topic has become so hot every time we talk but I often get bored and find the way to leave it.

What don’t you like about your brother or sister?

What I don’t like about my sister is that she always let herself getting into trouble at school like staying out late or just being lazy. So that makes my poor mother and I have to try to turn a blind eye to some of her behavior, but it wasn’t easy.

Would you say that your family affects your life very much?

I’d like to say that no one could influence as strongly on my life as my father, an businessman. I followed his footsteps and joined him on the family company. He enjoys showing me the ropes that’ll helps a lot when I’m going to run my own business.