Tell me something about your


You’re telling people your name và sharing a bit of information about yourself.

Bạn đang xem: Tell me something about your

Bạn đang xem: Tell me about your family background?

So what comes next? What vị you think will be the next topic lớn come up?

Did you say—family?

Well, of course. Talking about yourself generally leads people khổng lồ start asking about your family. Have you noticed how people love talking about them? I know I do, & I’m sure you vì chưng too.

In fact, let’s bởi that right now! Here are some general vocabulary terms and phrases in English you’ll need lớn tell everyone about your awesome family!

Download: This blog post is available as a convenient & portable PDF that you can take anywhere. Click here to get a copy. (Download)

How to lớn Talk Effortlessly About Your Family in English

People generally begin a conversation about family with a simple “Do you have any family around here?” or “Tell me about your family.” If that’s the case, you can give a short description that tells the other person how big is your family is và maybe where they live.

Here’s an example:

There are six people in my family—me, my parents, brother & two sisters và we live in .

This gives a general picture of your family & gets the conversation going.

And depending on where that conversation takes you, you’ll want to have the following words in your arsenal!


Try for FREE!

Terms lớn Describe Types of Family Structures

You’ll need to be familiar with family structures to accurately describe your family members.

Your immediate family—talking about those closest khổng lồ you

Typical questions in this type of situation are “How big is your family?” or “Do you have any brothers or sisters?” When people ask this, they usually want khổng lồ know about your immediate family. Your immediate family refers to lớn the relatives (family members) closest khổng lồ you và who may or may not live with you.

If you’re single, your immediate family will include your parentsfather and mother—and your siblingsbrothers and sisters. You and your siblings are your parents’ children. A male child is a son & a female child is a daughter.

Maybe your parents are no longer married lớn each other. If your dad marries someone else, his new wife will be your step-mother & if your mom remarries, her new husband will be your step-father. The children your step-mother or step-father already have will then become your step-brothersstep-sisters.

When you marry, you’ll have a family of your own. Your immediate family will then be your spouse—husband or wife—and children—sons và daughters. If you’re a woman, your spouse would be your husband and if you’re a man, your spouse would be your wife.

Your extended family—discussing other family members related by blood

People might ask questions lượt thích “Do you live with your grandparents?” or “How often vị you see your cousins?” when they’re interested in finding out about your extended family. Your extended family includes relatives like your grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins.

The parents of your father và mother are your grandparentsgrandfathergrandmother. Your mother’s parents are your maternal grandparents while your father’s parents are your paternal grandparents. & you are their grandson or granddaughter.

If your parents have brothers and sisters, then you have uncles & aunts. Your uncle is the brother of your father or mother and your aunt is your mother or father’s sister.

The children of your uncles & aunts are your cousins. Your male cousin would be your parents’ nephew and your female cousin would be their niece.

Your family by marriage—discussing family related khổng lồ your spouse

When you marry, your family grows bigger. You now have a new mix of relatives from your spouse’s side of the family called your in-laws. Isn’t that exciting?

A question you might hear is “Does your spouse come from a big family?” The conversation might not go this way, but if it does, you’ll be ready!

Your spouse’s father will become your father-in-law, và your spouse’s mother will be your mother-in-law. If your spouse has a brother, he’ll become your brother-in-law & your spouse’s sister will be your sister-in-law. The children of your brothers- & sisters-in-law will then become your nephewsnieces.

All right, let’s move on to some useful expressions you can use to talk about your family relationships.

12 Expressions You’ll Need khổng lồ Understand & Use khổng lồ Describe Your Family

Want more? You can find more examples of family words và phrases by watching the authentic videos on! takes real-world videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learning lessons.

Unlike traditional language learning sites, uses a natural approach that helps you ease into the English language & culture over time. You’ll learn English as it’s spoken in real life. has a variety of engaging nội dung from popular talk shows, nature documentaries & funny commercials, as you can see here:




Learn all the vocabulary in any video clip with quizzes.

Xem thêm: Bố Và Con Có Cùng Nhóm Máu Không, Có Thể Dùng Nhóm Máu Xác Định Huyết Thống

Swipe left or right lớn see more examples for the word you’re learning.


The best part is that keeps track of the vocabulary that you’re learning và gives you extra practice with difficult words. It even reminds you when it’s time to review! Every learner has a truly personalized experience, even if they’re learning with the same video.

You can start using the trang web on your computer or tablet or, better yet, by downloading the phầm mềm from the iTunes or Google Play stores.

To look like

To look like means to lớn resemble someone physically or khổng lồ be similar in appearance to lớn someone.

If you’re tall with big eyes lượt thích your older sister, you’d say, “I look like my older sister.”

To take after

To take after means lớn look or behave (act) like someone older than you in your family.

Some of your family may walk, talk or even smile just lượt thích another family member. So if your father và sister both lượt thích to gesture with (move) their hands when talking, you’d say, “My sister takes after my father in the way she waves her hands around when she talks.”

To run in the family

To run in the family refers to lớn a quality, ability or skill that’s shared by all or many of your family members. Some families may have lots of members who are good at sports, music, cooking, etc.

It could also be that many of your family members have thick curly hair, so then you’d say “Thick curly hair runs in my family.”

Like father, lượt thích son

In many cases, a son’s character or behavior closely resembles (is similar to) that of his father. For example, if both your father and brother like to spend their money wisely, you’d say, “He spends money like his dad—like father, like son.”

Another expression that’s similar in meaning is a cpu off the old block. In this expression, the chip refers to a small piece of wood (the son) that’s part of a bigger piece or the block (the father). So then you’d say “My brother is a chip off the old block.”

Both of the above expressions are generally used when referring to lớn male members of the family.

To have something in common

The expression to have something in common refers khổng lồ two or more people in a family sharing similar interests, likes và dislikes.

If you’re asked, “What vị you & your family lượt thích to do?” you could talk about your shared interests. “My siblings, cousins & I have many things in common. We enjoy camping, cycling & playing board games.”

The opposite of this would be “I don’t have much in common with my brothers. They’re much older than me & we have different interests.”

To be named after

To be named after someone is to lớn give someone the same name (usually the same first name) as an older family member. This is commonly done in honor và respect for the older person.

For example, if you say, “I was named after my grandmother,” it would mean you have the same name as your grandmother. So if your grandmother’s name is Esther, your name would also be Esther.

To get along with

To get along with means khổng lồ have a good relationship with someone.

If you say, “I get along very well with my younger sister,” it means you agree on many things & have a good relationship. The opposite would be “I don’t get along with my cousin,” which means the relationship between you and your cousin isn’t very good.

To be on good terms

To be on good terms also means to lớn have a good relationship with someone.

If you & your sister get along very well, then you’d say, “I’m on good terms with my sister.” The opposite would be “I’m not on good terms with my cousin.” If you and your cousin are not even talking to lớn each other, you’d say, “I’m not on speaking terms with my cousin.”

To be close to

To be close to means that you have a close relationship that cannot easily be broken.

If you say, “I’m very close to my mother & sister,” you’re saying that the three of you enjoy being together, get along very well and have a strong relationship.

To look up to

To look up to means lớn respect và admire someone else.

If you say, “I’ve always looked up to my older brother,” it means you respect & admire the things he says and does.

To get together

To get together means khổng lồ meet up & do things together.

Xem thêm: Choose The Little Village Is Very Quiet And At Night (Peace)

If someone asks you, “How often vị you see your family?” you might say, “We get together every weekend khổng lồ play soccer, watch a movie or eat pizza.”

To start a family

To start a family means khổng lồ start having children. You might hear your parents ask you, “When are you and your husband/wife going to lớn start a family? I want grandchildren!”

Or maybe your brother just sent a text & so you call your best friend saying, “I just heard that my brother and sister-in-law are planning khổng lồ start a family. That means I’m going lớn become an aunt (or uncle) soon!”

So there, now you’re ready lớn answer any question about your family, whether you’re on that summer vacation or at that weekend barbecue.

Oh, và now that your brother’s planning to lớn start a family, you’ll have more parties to lớn attend và more opportunities khổng lồ use this awesome vocabulary!

Download: This blog post is available as a convenient and portable PDF that you can take anywhere. Click here to lớn get a copy. (Download)