Introducing my family.
What does she do for a living?
She doesn't work now; she's retired. She keeps busy about the house.
What's she like?
She's quite reserved and very kind. She's a great Mum.
What does she like doing in her spare time?
She loves gardening. She is hooked on a couple of soap-operas. She isn't so keen on cooking now.
Do I take after my mother?
I suppose so. We are both quite stubborn at times.
Unfortunately, I don't have a photo of my Dad to display.
What does he look like?
He's average height and quite plump around the waist. He's balding and he's gone grey. He wears glasses.
What's he like?
He's friendly and tries his best to be helpful. He's a great Dad.
What does he like doing?
He's really into football. Whenever there is a game on TV , he'll watch it.
What does he do?
He still works because my mother doesn't want him about the house! He has an office job.
Do I have any brothers or sisters?
I have one brother but we seldom see each other. We don't *get on. We are like chalk and cheese.
Have a look at Grammar Challenge from the BBC Learning English site. It practices questions (as above) with "like". It is divided into 4 parts.
First, listen to Lorenzo doing the Grammar Challenge and then read Find Out More.
Do practice quizzes 1 and 2.
Finally, read the descriptions of a well-known international person.
Write a description of one of your relatives; as I have done. Try to be a little adventurous with your language, using as many new words as possible.
Then, as with the final part of the BBC page, write a description of a famous personality - without mentioning their names!
- to ask about someone's appearance use the verb "look like".
- You can also "look like + noun" in affirmative sentences to say someone has a similar appearance to someone/something else.
- I look like my brother.
- She looks like Samantha Fox.
- He looks like an accountant.
- to ask for a description of someone's personality, use What + be + subject + like?
- You can also use this form to ask for a description of just about anything!
- What's your teacher like? He's great.
- What is Edinburgh like? It's quite small but really interesting.
- What was the film like? I found it boring.
- What was the hotel you stayed in like? It was cheap but comfortable.
*Spotlight on Vocabulary
Use the verb "get on" to describe your relationship with others.
- I've tried my best to get on with my colleague but it's difficult because we have absolutely nothing in common.
- I get on with my older brother but I don't get on very well with my younger one.
And speaking of family...... here is a song that we have been hearing on the radio for the last 30 years. Admit it - its catchy. You will be humming it all day now.
Source:You Tube Key words: sister sledge family
Have a try to complete the lyrics to this 70s hit. Some words might be difficult to catch; it's a bit tricky.
Listen to it and complete the gaps. Play lyricstraining.
Sister Sledge - We Are Family Lyrics
We are family
I got all my s______ with me
We are family
Get up ev'rybody and s___
Ev'ryone can see we're together
As we walk on *by
(FLY!) and we fly just like birds of a f______
I won't tell no l__
(ALL!) all of the people around us they say
Can they be that c____
Just let me state for the r_____
We're giving love in a family dose
Living life is f__ and we've just begun
To get our s____ of the world's delights
(HIGH!) high h____ we have for the future
And our goal's in s____
(WE!) no we don't get depressed
Here's what we call our golden rule
Have f____ in you and the things you do
You won't go wrong
This is our family Jewel
*Spotlight on Vocabulary
Use the preposition "by" with verbs of movement to say that something passes in front of you.
- I like to sit at an outdoor café and watch the world go by.
- He pretended not to see them and walked on by.