Hello everybody! One more week is over and you are welcome to our new audio lesson. We continue the series of podcasts dedicated to the Cambridge FCE exam. Today you will get to know what questions about your family to expect in the Speaking Paper, part 1 and how to answer them. If you have any doubts, feel free to contact us!
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FCE. SPEAKING 1, EPISODE 3
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What you will learn
Today is one more lesson about the 1st part of Speaking Paper in the Cambridge FCE exam. The information about Leisure Activities you can find in my previous lesson. And the topic today is Family. Let’s get started.
QUESTIONS ABOUT FAMILY
An examiner might ask you:
- Tell us a little about your family.
- Do you live on your own or with a family? (Who are your relatives?)
- Do you have any siblings? (Brothers or sisters?)
- If you could choose the type of family to be born into, would it be big or small? (Why?)
- What do you like most about your family? (Some characteristics)
Let’s take the 1st point. This is a general question, so you’re free to choose what to talk about. The points included in your answer could be who you live with, how big/small your family is, what your parents/wife/husband, etc. do, what the relationships in the family are like.
Useful vocabulary. Family words
Who you live with: parents, siblings (brothers and sisters), step-brother/step-sister (a son or daughter of your mum’s/father’s new husband/wife, half-brother/half-sister (when you have the same only one parent, e.g. the same mum and different dads), aunts/uncles, grandparents, nephew/niece, in-laws (your spouse’s relatives), etc.
How big/small the family is: a nuclear family consists of only parents and children; an extended family includes several generations living together; a one-parent family.
What the people you live with do: they might have a full-time/part-time job, they may be on the dole (receive the money a government gives to unemployed people), they can work in shifts if they’re doctors, e.g. Brush up your knowledge of professions: lawyer, architect, driver, musician, engineer, sales manager, shop assistant, flight attendant, waiter (for men) / waitress (for women), director, conductor, head of some organisation, etc.
Relationships: friendly, close-knit/tight-knit (knowing and supporting each other very well); you possibly get on well with your relatives, or you get on like a house on fire (become good friends very quickly) and see eye to eye with them (have the same opinion), or you just have a lot in common. All these phrases can be used in negative sentences if you have different opinions, attitudes and views.
Vocabulary in practice
Let’s see how to put it into practice.
Examiner: Tell us a little about your family.
You: Well, I have a nuclear family, just my mother, my father and me. So I’m an only child. And I’m really lucky because we’re tight-knit although we don’t see eye to eye on certain things. Both my parents share the same business, they run a small hotel.
Well, something like this. And this is all for today. Hope you find this lesson helpful. You’re welcome to leave your comments below, and I remind you that you can ask me questions, and I’ll do my best to answer them.
In the next lesson, we’ll practise talking about the place you live in. Follow us and till next week! Take care!
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